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The White House has officially designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).
In a statement, President Donald Trump said that he and the Department of State “recognizes 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” and that the IGRC is the Iranian regime’s “primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign.”
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Pompeo: Designation a “Basic Reality”
This is the first time the American government “has ever named a part of another government as a FTO.” Trump warned others that “[I]f you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.”
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the designation of IRGC as a FTO as a “basic reality” and that no one should be surprised by the government’s decision. He said that it “masquerades as a legitimate military organization, but none of us should be fooled.”
With the IRGC now labeled as a FTO, it will “face sanctions that include freezes on assets the IRGC may have in U.S. jurisdictions and a ban on Americans doing business with it.” The government will have the ability “to deny entry to people found to have provided the Guard with material support or prosecute them for sanctions violations.”
IRGC - Ties - Groups - Hezbollah - Hamas
It’s no secret that the IRGC has close ties to terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas. Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas, bragged about the ties last year. From i24news:
Speaking in an interview on Lebanon’s pro-Hezbollah al-Mayadeen TV channel on Monday translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, Sinwar said that Hamas had “greatly developed its capabilities” thanks to friends, “first and foremost the Islamic Republic of Iran,” which was giving “a lot of money, equipment and expertise” to the group’s military wing, the Izz...
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