Iranian resistance: Terrorist designation of IRGC ‘long overdue’

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with commanders of the notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. (Screen grab from an NCRI video)
Updated 09 April 2019
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Iranian resistance: Terrorist designation of IRGC ‘long overdue’

  • US President Donald Trump on Monday designated the IRGC as a "terrorist organization"
  • Iranian resistance urges the European Union to also take action against the IRGC

JEDDAH: Washington's blacklisting of Iran's notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is "an urgent and necessary step to end war and terrorism throughout the region and the world," the Iranian resistance said on Monday.

"This action, which was long overdue, should now be completed by designating the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS),” the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said in a statement.

In a first, US President Donald Trump on Monday designated the IRGC as a "terrorist organization", saying the  move “recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.”

“The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign,” Trump had said.

Fighters of Iran's notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps with the "terrorist" label are shown in a video posted on the website of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

NRCI president-elect Maryam Rajavi described the US action as a "long-standing and righteous demand" of the Iranian Resistance and "an imperative for Middle East security, peace, and stability."

The IRGC "constitutes the pillar of the velayat-e faqih regime (absolute clerical rule), is the main apparatus of repression, the primary driver of war and export of terrorism, and responsible for pursuing nuclear weapons and missile projects," Rajavi said. 

She said the terrorist organization "controls the lion’s share of the Iran's economy".

National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) president-elect Maryam Rajavi. (Courtesy of NCRI site)

"It is no wonder that the religious fascism ruling Iran, its apologists and mercenaries have become terrified of IRGC’s designation," she said.

The NCRI said it is time for the European Union to follow suit by designating the IRGC also as a terrorist entity, pointing out that the Iranian regime has caused so much bloodshed in other countries such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Afghanistan.

Such designation would help the Iranian people and the Resistance achieve "the ultimate solution to rid the world of the ruling theocracy in Iran", the movement said.
 

 


Libyan commander marching on capital dismisses negotiations

Updated 20 June 2019
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Libyan commander marching on capital dismisses negotiations

  • Khalifa Haftar vows that his fighters will get rid of ‘terrorist militias’

CAIRO: A Libyan commander, whose forces are fighting to take the country’s capital of Tripoli from militias allied with a UN-backed government based there, has dismissed an initiative by its prime minister for negotiations to end the crisis.

Instead, Khalifa Haftar vowed in comments to a news website on Wednesday that his fighters would press on with the weeks-long offensive until Tripoli is rid of what he described as “terrorist militias.”

“Our military operations will not stop” until Tripoli is taken, Haftar told almarsad.co.

“The situation is excellent and I call on the Libyans to ignore rumors about our withdrawal,” Haftar said in interviews with Libyan news websites The Address and The Observer published overnight Wednesday to Thursday.

The offensive to seize the capital “will not stop before all its objectives are reached,” he said.

The campaign by Haftar’s Liberation National Army has raised fears of another bout of violence after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime ruler Muammar Qaddafi. Since then, the country has sunk into chaos, with rival administrations in the east and the west, and an array of forces and militias allied with either side.

On Monday, the World Health Organization reported the latest casualty tolls for the fighting in and around Tripoli, saying 691 people have been killed so far, including 41 civilians, and 4,012 wounded, 135 of them civilians.

The head of the Tripoli-based government, Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj, told a news conference on Sunday he is proposing a “Libyan forum,” aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the conflict.

The talks would draw up a roadmap for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held before the end of 2019, Al-Sarraj said. 

In his remarks to the news website, Haftar dismissed Al-Sarraj’s initiative and criticized him as an ineffective leader.

“Initiatives have no meaning unless they are brave and carry clear clauses that address the causes of the crisis and its very roots,” Haftar said.

Haftar has presented himself as someone able to restore stability. In recent years, his campaign against militants across Libya won him growing international support from world leaders who say they are concerned the North African country has turned into a haven for armed groups, and a major conduit for migrants bound for Europe.