April 8, 2019 / 2:25 PM / 5 months ago

U.S. designates elite Iranian force as terrorist organization

FILE PHOTO: Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard march during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States designated Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization, President Donald Trump said on Monday, marking the first time Washington has formally labelled another country’s military a terrorist group.

Critics have warned that the move could open U.S. military and intelligence officials to similar actions by unfriendly governments. The United States has already blacklisted dozens of entities and people for affiliations with the IRGC, but not the organization as a whole.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Alistair Bell

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