Trump says military body heads a ‘global terrorist campaign’; thanking the president, Netanyahu claims decision came at his request
WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump officially designated the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps a terrorist organization on Monday, in a move that Israel has long pushed forand that will ramp up the administration’s pressure campaign against Tehran.Now that this precedent has been set at "Israel's" request, what's to prevent any government from labeling the IDF as a terrorist organization? Will that be next? Or will this...
The decision, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said had come at his request, is the first time that an extension of a foreign government has been designated a terrorist entity by the US.
“This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State*, recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft,” the president said in a statement.
...The Trump administration’s decision is expected to ramp up tensions between the United States and Iran. Shortly after Trump’s decision, Iran labeled the US military a terrorist group, following up on a threat its leaders had issued days earlier.
...Netanyahu thanked Trump for the decision and sought to claim credit for it, saying he had asked the president to declare the IRGC a terrorist organization.
“Thank you for accepting another important request of mine, which serves the interests of our countries and countries in the region,” Netanyahu tweeted.
IRAN THREATENS U.S. TROOPS IN MIDEAST IF IRGC DESIGNATED AS TERROR GROUPIf US troops come to harm as a result of this foreign policy move which Netanyahu has crowed about being responsible for, will American Jews pay the price of public outrage? R"l.
Iranian Major General Mohammed Ali Jafari warned that US troops could be targets in response to reports that the US would list the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a designated terrorist organization. Jafari is the head of the IRGC.
* Department of State under the leadership of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, cut from the same Christian cloth as VP Pence.