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White House weighs designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering a proposal that could lead to potentially designating Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter. The officials said several U.S. government agencies have been consulted about such a proposal, which if implemented would add to measures

Mattis: Iran missile tests do not require increased U.S. forces

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis called Iran “the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world” as the Iranian leaders vowed to continue ballistic missile tests. Speaking in Tokyo on Saturday, Mattis defended the decision to call out Iran’s “misconduct and misbehavior,” according to CNN. But despite the tension surrounding the Iranian missile test

Iran holds military exercise in defiance of US sanctions

In apparent defiance of the new sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, Iran held a military exercise Saturday to test missile and radar systems. The aim of the exercise, held in Semnan province, was to “showcase the power of Iran’s revolution and to dismiss the sanctions,” Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards website said, according to Reuters.

Putting Iran on Notice

Kenneth R. Timmerman, When uncertainty is our friend. The announcement from National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Michael Flynn on Wednesday that the Trump administration was “putting Iran on notice” after its latest ballistic missile test is bad news for the ruling clerical elite and its Revolutionary Guards, and potentially good news for Iranians who love

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards position for power

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards look set to entrench their power and shift the country to more hardline, isolationist policies for years to come following the death of influential powerbroker Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Former president Rafsanjani long had a contentious relationship with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which is both the strongest military force in

Khamenei says missiles, not talks, key to Iran’s future

Iran’s top leader on Wednesday said missiles were key to the Islamic Republic’s future, offering support to the hardline Revolutionary Guards that have drawn criticism from the West for testing ballistic missiles. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei supported last year’s nuclear deal with world powers but has since called for Iran to avoid further rapprochement