Iran puts US forces in West Asia region on its terror blacklist

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[ Editor’s Note: We had been waiting for this to happen, as Iran could not take its Islamic Revolution Guard Corps being labeled a terror org lying down.

But we are crossing over into an unknown region with this tit-for-tat move. Such designations lay the groundwork for “pro-active” counter terrorism moves, with the US setting a good example with its long criticized drone program.

Even the lower ranking video trigger pullers have admitted they had fired on “unsure” targets, yet the US military immunity protected all involved, up and down the line.

If the US or Israel, including its contractors, attack the IRGC and it responds, then we could see what might be the goal of the US kicking off this designation of an entire military force as a terror group. It provides tripwires to launch fancy weapon retaliation strikes, and stokes the fires for a new war.

For someone like Trump, this would polish up his paper-thin street cred as a war-time leader, something he is savvy enough to figure will help his 2020 campaign. He would not be the first head of state to play with the lives of its soldiers for political gain.

I fear this will get worse before it gets betterJim W. Dean ]

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– First published … April 08, 2019


Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) has slammed the US government as “supporter of terrorism,” designating American forces in West Asia, known as the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), as a “terrorist organization.”

In a statement on Monday, the Iranian top security council said the designation came as a “reciprocal measure” against US President Donald Trump’s “illegal and unwise” move to blacklist Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization.

Trump said in a statement earlier in the day that the Iranian elite forces’ designation “makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the IRGC. If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.”

The SNSC strongly condemned the “illegal and dangerous” move by the US regime against the IRGC and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran regards this baseless move as a major threat to regional and international peace and security and a blatant violation of the compelling rules of international law and the United Nations Charter.”

It added that CENTCOM has been tasked with implementing terrorist policies of the US government against countries in West Asia, noting that CENTCOM’s effort to impose those policies has endangered Iran’s national security and the lives of both Iranians and non-Iranians, including through participation of the US in the massacre of the Yemeni people and other civilians in the West Asia region.

Iran’s SNSC also warned that the US regime “will be responsible for dangerous consequences” of this adventurist measure.”

Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif proposed that the SNSC should add American forces in West Asia to its list of terrorist groups in the Islamic Republic.

PressTV-Zarif proposes terrorist blacklisting of US forces

In his letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who also chairs the SNSC, Zarif said given overt and covert support of US military forces in the region for terrorist groups and their direct involvement in terrorist acts, the SNSC should designate American forces as terrorists based on a law titled “Countering America’s Human Rights Violation and Adventurous and Terrorist Actions” passed by the Iranian Parliament in 2017.

The US has already blacklisted dozens of entities and individuals affiliated with the IRGC, but not the entire force.

Syria condemns US designation of IRGC as ‘terrorist’ organization

In a related development on Monday, an official source at Syria’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said Damascus strongly condemned the US government’s designation of the IRGC as a ‘terrorist’ organization, describing it as a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of Iran.

According to Syria’s official SANA news agency, the unnamed official added that the US administration’s “irresponsible step” was part of the declared war launched by the US against Iran.

The Syrian official further noted that Trump’s announcement was meant to meet the interests of the Israeli occupation regime and was in line with the West’s colonial project in the region.

“The US measure is a legion of honor for and recognition of the pioneering role of the IRGC in defending Iran’s sovereignty and its … important role in the resistance front,” the source added.


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7 COMMENTS

  1. Over the past few years enough evidence, of our politician’s complicit support of so called international terror groups, has emerged to put our entire Congress in prison for life based solely on the laws these hypocrites have passed. If Joe Citizen sends $100 to ISIS he gets 20 years, send millions and you get to print yourself a medal. Go figure.

  2. it’s good that Finally Someone responds to USA insteads of just Following through with the usual USA idiocies ……… Maybe IF Everyone Challenges USA then USA might get cut down to its real size and not put up with American Hogwash of a Foreign Policy …….

  3. Always the first goal of war starters is to make them enemize you. But this has already happened recently with Russia and nuclear weapons.

  4. US president Netanyahu is enjoying this, however after declaring each other terrorists the next stage is almost always war, but should it be fought it is a lose-lose war, some people have to ask themselves for what the few dead sea settlements are worth, maybe we’ll get some answers after today elections from you know where..

  5. Call on the Zionist criminal cartel to put its cards on the table and risk real war, or continue dying from 1000 cuts as has been happening in the Middle East since WW1?

    We can assume that Shin Bet has a “Yigal Amir” on standby if Netanyahu risks getting Israel into a war that could lead to its destruction, but does a similar situation exist for Trump? And has the cartel put enough crazy people in place to override actions of the sane?

  6. I think it’s time for US be given date to LEAVE Syria…PERIOD! Syrian Forces would then at midnight hit any and all remaining US troops within the ORIGINAL boundaries of Syria, including Golan Heights. The USA cannot unilaterally give Israel part of Syria. That is illegal and NOT in the Constitution.

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