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Trump, Pompeo designate IRGC a Terror Organization

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US President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday the State Department is designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a Foreign Terrorist Organization, following months of speculation that the administration was considering blacklisting the most famous branch of the country's armed forces, the Washington Examiner reported.
Though the State Department has long labeled the Iranian regime the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, before today it had never classified an element of a foreign government as a terrorist group. The IRGC joins a list that includes al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, ISIS, and Boko Haram. It marks the latest move toward pressuring Iran since the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.
"It underscores the fact that Iran’s actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments," President Trump said in a statement. "It makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the IRGC. If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism."
The Revolutionary Guard is a powerful branch of Iran’s armed forces and — along with its specialized Quds Force — supports terrorists around the world, carries out cyberattacks and assassinations, funds illicit missile development, and wields huge influence both inside the country and around the region.
The IRGC also plays an integral role in funding, training, and guiding Iran’s global proxies — including Hezbollah in Lebanon, Shiite militias in Iraq, and the Houthis in Yemen — and in propping up Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
Pompeo told reporters the designation will take effect on April 15. “This designation should surprise no one. For forty years, the IRGC has engaged in terrorism," he said. "It pretends to be a regular military organization, but none of us should be fooled."
“With this designation, the Trump administration is simply recognizing reality," he added. “Our designation makes clear to the world that the IRGC not just supports other terrorist groups but engages in terrorism itself.”
The Treasury Department started the process in 2017 when it labeled the IRGC a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, making it easier for the United States to combat Iran's terrorism by targeting its financing.
President Trump has long considered making this designation, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reportedly wanted to label the IRGC a terrorist group since he accepted the job.
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