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Trump might designate IRGC, Muslim Brotherhood terror groups

Trump might designate IRGC, Muslim Brotherhood terror groups”

Looking to double-down on a recent round of anti-Iran measures, the Trump White House is reportedly considering labeling a branch of the Iranian military, the Revolutionary Guards, a "terrorist organization".

Several officials said the fact the orders have been put on hold was an encouraging sign the inter-agency process was working, with the White House now considering the expertise of career officials after failing to consult national security agencies before rolling out new immigration policy to disastrous results.

The IRGC is one military force of the Islamic Republic of Iran which reports directly to the supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenai.

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Iran's narco-terrorist proxy Hezbollah, along with the IRGC, have provided the on-the-ground support needed for the proliferation of Iran's Khomeinist ideology across the Middle East and beyond.

Defense and intelligence concerns have been expressed at the highest levels over the past several days, as the White House was preparing to roll out an executive order dealing with both Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Muslim Brotherhood, according to administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the sensitive matter. The goal of the designation from the White House's perspective, among other things, would be to dissuade foreign governments from doing business with Iran, where the Revolutionary Guard is deeply involved in the economy.

Reuters also reported last week that officials were debating whether to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, but that decision appears to have been indefinitely postponed.

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US sanctions presently include penalties for foreign companies who knowingly conducting "significant" transactions with the Revolutionary Guards, or other sanctioned Iranian entities. It was established following the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and over the past decade has also grown to dominate Iran's economy, with holdings in property, oil and gas and telecommunications.

The Shiite-dominated government friendly to Iran that took over Iraq after the USA -led invasion there rejected the group, which was then placed under US protection despite its terrorist designation.

Iran uses the IRGC, believed to be operating in the Western Hemisphere, to engage in "malign activity", according to the USA military.

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A similar effort is now underway in Congress to designate the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, with legislation introduced last month by Sen. The administration has since indefinitely delayed the order in response to concerns from US defense and intelligence officials. Most recently, the Trump administration announced sanctions on individuals who support the Qods Force on the heels of Iran's ballistic missile test last week. A designation of the entire IRGC as a terrorist group would potentially have much broader implications, including for the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and the United States and other major world powers. Other U.S. allies, including Turkey, consider it a legitimate political organization; in Jordan, the Muslim Brotherhood party makes up 10 percent of the parliament.



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