Designation of Iran's IRGC Welcome But 18 Years Late | 4/10/2019 | Clare M. Lopez
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With the April 8, 2019, announcement by President Trump that the administration is formally designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization, the U.S. has finally, belatedly taken the step it should have taken more than seventeen years ago, following the 9/11 attacks.

As the Havlish, et al. v. bin Laden, et al. case demonstrated with the December 2011 ruling by Judge George Daniels, Iran and Hizballah “materially and directly supported al Qaeda in the September 11, 2001 attacks.” The Havlish case “Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law,” issued December 15, 2011, asserted unequivocally that “The Islamic Republic of Iran…has engaged in, and supported, terrorism as an instrument of foreign policy, virtually from the inception of its existence after the Iranian Revolution in 1979.”

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As anyone who’s read the Iranian Constitution (online, in English) knows only too well, the Iranian regime conceives of itself as a revolutionary Islamic vanguard in the world, with a divine mission to “expand international relations with other Islamic movements and people in order to pave the way for the formation of a single, universal community” — otherwise known as an Islamic State or, in the case of the Shi’ites, an Imamate, under rule of Islamic Law.

The Iranian Constitution also has a section dedicated specifically to the role of the IRGC (or Pasdaran) as “An Ideological Army” not only empowered to protect the borders of Iran but to pursue an “ideological mission…of jihad.”

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So, it has been pretty clear since at least 1979 that the IRGC, along with its subordinate Qods Force division, is the designated global striking arm of the Islamic Revolution. And indeed, the IRGC has carried out that mission faithfully, providing funding, operational guidance,...
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