Iran threatens to blacklist U.S. military if Washington designates Guards as terrorists

Iran threatens to blacklist U.S. military if Washington designates Guards as terrorists

Iran threatens to blacklist U.S. military if Washington designates Guards as terrorists

Iran's Revolutionary Guards at the Khomeini mausoleum in Tehran January 31, 2013.

Critics warn the decision, which is likely to be announced by the State Department as soon as Monday, could open US military and intelligence officials to similar actions by unfriendly governments around the world.

Iran may put the U.S. military on its terror list if Washington designates the Iranian elite Revolutionary Guards as terrorists, a senior Iranian lawmaker said on Saturday.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a strident Iran hawk, has advocated the change in U.S. policy as part of the Trump administration's tough posture toward Tehran.

Jason Blazakis, the former director of the State Department's Counterterrorism Finance and Designation Office, told the WSJ that the move would have profound ramifications. "The future ramifications of this decision will be profound", Blazakis said.

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, who chairs the national security and foreign affairs committee in the Iranian parliament, explained that, as soon as that happens, the MPs will place the US Army on Iran's list of terrorist organizations "along with Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIL]".

The US has already blacklisted dozens of entities and individuals affiliated with the IRGC, but not the group as a whole.

IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari warned in 2017 that if Trump went ahead with the long-anticipated move, "then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world". They pledged to respond in kind against any action taken by the United States against Iran's armed forces.

The Trump administration has already imposed sweeping sanctions on Iran after withdrawing previous year from an global agreement under which Tehran drastically scaled back its nuclear programme. "The footage shows a US flying drone starts malfunctioning and makes a rough landing in a desert area 10 kilometers away from its base", Fars stated."The footage that displays the IRGC's penetration into the USA spy drone's intel has been recorded by an IRGC drone flying above the scene".

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