Tuesday, August 14, 2007

IRGC Officially a Terrorist Group

The Arabic Part of the IRGC's logo (the picture on the right) is a verse from quoran (koran). It means "Be prepard to fight with the enemy in everyway you can" (financially, militarily, economically).

Iranian Unit to Be Labeled 'Terrorist'

WaPo :

The United States has decided to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country's 125,000-strong elite military branch, as a "specially designated global terrorist," according to U.S. officials, a move that allows Washington to target the group's business operations and finances.

The Bush administration has chosen to move against the Revolutionary Guard Corps because of what U.S. officials have described as its growing involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as its support for extremists throughout the Middle East, the sources said.


It authorizes the United States to identify individuals, businesses, charities and extremist groups engaged in terrorist activities. The Revolutionary Guard would be the first national military branch included on the list, U.S. officials said -- a highly unusual move because it is part of a government, rather than a typical non-state terrorist organization.

The order allows the United States to block the assets of terrorists and to disrupt operations by foreign businesses that "provide support, services or assistance to, or otherwise associate with, terrorists."
The main goal of the new designation is to clamp down on the Revolutionary Guard's vast business network, as well as on foreign companies conducting business linked to the military unit and its personnel. The administration plans to list many of the Revolutionary Guard's financial operations.

"Anyone doing business with these people will have to reevaluate their actions immediately," said a U.S. official familiar with the plan who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced. "It increases the risks of people who have until now ignored the growing list of sanctions against the Iranians. It makes clear to everyone who the IRGC and their related businesses really are. It removes the excuses for doing business with these people."
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programmer craig said...

Good good. Long over-due, in my opinion.

I wonder how this will effect Russian military sales to Iran?

Anonymous said...

Guess why the flag looks like Hizbolla's?! and the year 1357 (1979)?

Anonymous said...

Excellent post. The "Logo" is worth analysis.

SERENDIP said...

Katayoun: You're right. The Arabic part is a verse from Koran, which says: "Prepare for the enemy in everyway you can."

Anonymous said...

Serendip: I think it means "fight with enemy..." not "prepare..."