April 05, 2019

Trump administration to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terror group – report

Featuring Ariane Tabatabai

Source: The Guardian

Journalist Julian Borger

The Trump administration is reportedly planning to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation, in an unprecedented step aimed at escalating Washington’s campaign of “maximum pressure”.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the administration is preparing to announce the move as early as Monday. It would mark the first time the US has designated a branch of the armed forces of a foreign government as a terrorist group.

The US state department declined to comment on the report on Friday evening.

Experts said it was unclear how much concrete difference the terrorist designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) would make. It is already heavily sanctioned by the US as a terrorist supporter, and Iran is designated a state sponsor of terrorism.

Read the full article and more in The Guardian.

  • Ariane Tabatabai

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Middle East Security

    Ariane Tabatabai is a former Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. She serves as the Director of Curriculum an...