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'It's become a monster': is Iran's revolutionary guard a terror group? | World news | The Guardian
Tensions between the two countries have grown since Trump pulled the United States out of a nuclear deal with Tehran last May and reimposed sanctions that had crippled Iran's economy. He also urged Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to place US forces in the region on Tehran's list of "terrorist" groups, the foreign ministry said.
Iran's Supreme National Security Council said in a statement that the designation could endanger peace and stability in the Middle East and globally, according to Iranian state TV. Iran labels the American regime as a supporter of terrorism," the statement read as quoted by state TV. The IRGC initially operated as a local force across Iran, but it expanded quickly after Saddam Hussein invaded Iran in and Khomeini allowed it to have its own ground, navy and air forces.
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Khomeini, however, remained wary of its growing force, writing an explicit command for it to stay away from politics into his will. Tehran has never concealed its backing for Hamas and Hezbollah, which it sees as legitimate political parties that have won elections legally, said Ali Alizadeh, a London-based political analyst. The US also alleges that Iran has been behind a series of bombings in Iraq that has led to the death of US military personnel, accusations that Iranian officials say are not substantiated. Despite the dying wishes of Khomeini, the IRGC did become politically active, most notoriously when its Basij militia helped to crush protests after the disputed elections.
Soon afterwards it launched a bid to restore its tarnished domestic image by presenting Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds force, as a national military hero who has defended the country from Sunni terror groups.
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