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By Targeting Iran's IRGC, Trump Goes Where No Other Administration Has

Apr 9, 2019 | 13:54 GMT
Members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps are seen on Sept. 22, 2018, in the Iranian capital of Tehran.

Members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps are seen on Sept. 22, 2018, in Tehran during an annual parade marking the anniversary of the start of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War. Designating the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization is a provocative new component of an ongoing U.S.-led process of widening and tightening the sanctions net on Iran.

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Following two years of debate, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump opted on April 8 to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a "Foreign Terrorist Organization." This is the first time that the U.S. State Department has listed a branch of a foreign military as a terrorist organization, setting an important international precedent. Iran responded in kind the same day, designating the United States a supporter of terrorism and U.S. Central Command a terrorist group. ...

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