Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Labeled A ‘Terror Group’ – OpEd

Eurasia Review | 4/10/2019 | Hassan Mahmoudi
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It is the first time the US has labeled another nation’s military as a terrorist organization.

The White House said the IRGC was Iran’s primary means of “implementing its global terrorist campaign”.

Designation - Façade - IRGC - Part

This designation ends the façade that the IRGC is part of a normal military.

Labeling the IRGC as a terrorist organization will allow the US to impose further sanctions – particularly affecting the business sector. The IRGC is not only Iran’s most powerful military force but also dominates the country’s key economic sectors, such as energy, construction, telecommunication, media, mining, electronics, automobile, banking, nuclear, and more. While IRGC leaders claim their involvement in the economic sector benefits the Iranian people and economy, in reality, it spends most of the revenues on military expenditures at home and abroad.

Example - March - General - Ebadollah - Abdollahi

As an example On March 21, 2018, General Ebadollah Abdollahi said: the organization’s major projects this year are in the oil and gas industry, water management, railway and road construction, port and mine development, oil and gas pipelines, and information technology. He pointed out that the conglomerate will implement 10 projects for the Oil Ministry with a total cost of $22 billion in investment. He also emphasized that a key priority for Khatam al-Anbia this year is to complete the Persian Gulf Star oil refinery, which he claimed would meet half of the country’s gasoline need.

Environmental experts believe that deforestation has been one of the major causes of flooding in recent years in the country. Deforestation has been implemented by IRGC during the past 40 years. According to Iran’s Natural Resources and Forestry Organization, the northern forests area has been reduced from 3.6 million to 1.8 million hectares during the past 40 years.

Reports - IRGC - Flood - Barriers - Locals

According to reports, the IRGC had taken down the flood barriers that locals had made to prevent flood water from entering their farmlands....
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