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Washington Considers Expanding Its List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations

Feb 10, 2017 | 03:40 GMT
The commander of the IRGC's elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani (L), and ousted Egyptian President and Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Morsi. The United States is considering placing both organizations on its list of foreign terrorist organizations.
The commander of the IRGC's elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani (L), and ousted Egyptian President and Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Morsi. The United States is considering placing both organizations on its list of foreign terrorist organizations.
(Wikimedia Commons/KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Calling the IRGC and the Muslim Brotherhood foreign terrorist organizations is more complicated than the U.S. administration might have thought. If Washington decides to follow through with the order, it could reassure U.S. allies in the Middle East that feel most threatened by the Muslim Brotherhood and IRGC. At the same time, however, the move would risk destabilizing other partnerships in the region. More important, it would do little to curtail the activities of either group....

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