The US State Department has refused to comment on press reports which revealed differences within the administration of US President Donald on the decision to include the foreign arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), known as Al-Quds force, and other Iraqi Shiite militias to a terror list.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was claimed to be pushing towards issuing a new list, a step supported by Trump and US National Security Advisor John Bolton. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the US Defense Department denied a New York Times report saying officials at the Pentagon and the CIA oppose naming the Quds Force or the Iraqi militias as terrorist groups.
The Defense Department is committed to confronting Iran over its destabilizing role in the region, the Pentagon spokesman was quoted as saying.
“There are no reservations about any decision that may be issued regarding Iraqi militias or the Iranian Quds Force” he added.
The Quds Force is led by Qassem Soleimani, who is already on a US terror list.