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Debate Looms over Practical Effects of IRGC Terrorist Designation

Debate Looms over Practical Effects of IRGC Terrorist Designation

B y Edward Carney

In a move that had been expected for days, the White House announced on Monday that it would be designating the entirety of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group and thus making it illegal to conduct business or otherwise provide material support to the hardline paramilitary and its affiliates. The sanctions are set to take effect one week after the announcement, which was conveyed in a statement from President Donald Trump himself, who rightly described the IRGC blacklist as “unprecedented.”

Rare Disagreements at G-7 Meeting Demonstrate Iran’s Fading Support

Rare Disagreements at G-7 Meeting Demonstrate Iran’s Fading Support

By Edward Carney

Representatives of the Group of Seven nations meet in the French resort town of Dinard on Friday and Saturday to discuss a range of issues. As French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian emphasized at the conclusion of that meeting, he and his counterparts were able to establish consensus on most of these issues, with one of the only exceptions being a collective strategy about how to deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Revised US Casualty Figures Highlight Persistent Threat of Iranian Terrorism

Revised US Casualty Figures Highlight Persistent Threat of Iranian Terrorism

By Edward Carney

On Thursday, Newsweek reported upon the release of revised figures regarding Iranian responsibility for deaths of US personnel during the US occupation of Iraq. Previously, in 2015, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford estimated that approximately 500 such deaths could be linked to Iranian weapons and the training of Iraqi insurgents by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. But even then, Dunford noted that the estimates were conservative and that many more deaths were suspected to be attributable to the IRGC and the Islamic Republic.

Concerns over Missile Tests Imply European Openness to More Sanctions on Iran

Concerns over Missile Tests Imply European Openness to More Sanctions on Iran

By Edward Carney

Following its initial delivery to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on March 25, a letter was released on Tuesday which showcased the latest European objections to Iran’s illicit missile activities. In January 2016, UN Security Council Resolution 2231 was passed to accompany the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, and among its provisions was a call for Iran to avoid all development and testing of missiles that are designed to be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

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