Iraq’s Foreign Ministry slammed on Wednesday Washington’s recent
decision to classify Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group,
saying that such move will not contribute to regional stability.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed al-Sahhaf said: “Our region is in dire need of decisions that help reinforce its stability,” according to local media reports, adding that the US decision on the Iranian guards does not serve this goal.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi said Tuesday that Baghdad tried to stop Washington from blacklisting the Guards as a "terrorist organization,", warning that the decision could further destabilize the region.
It is the first time the US has labelled another nation's military as a terrorist organization.
The IRGC is Iran's most elite military unit. It was set up shortly after the 1979 Iranian revolution.
It has since become a major military, political and economic force in Iran, with close ties to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and many other senior figures hailing from its ranks.
The IRGC is estimated to have more than 150,000 active personnel, boasts its own ground forces, navy and air force, and oversees Iran's strategic weapons, including its ballistic missiles.
The IRGC exerts influence elsewhere in the Middle East by providing money, weapons, technology, training and advice to allied governments and armed groups through its shadowy overseas operations arm, the Quds Force.