Iran Will Iraq reemerge as battleground between US, Iran?

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Turkey and Qatar on Tuesday objected to US President Donald Trump's decision to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group.

In Tehran on Tuesday, numerous lawmakers wore the uniform of the guard in a show of support as they convened for a parliament session marking the National Day of the Revolutionary Guard, which follows the lunar calendar.

Speaking before a group of IRGC staff and their families on the eve of the National Day of Guards, Khamenei said that United States officials wishfully plot against the Corps and the Iranian revolution.

"The US decision (follows) the kingdom's repeated demands to the worldwide community to address the issue of Iranian-backed terrorism", the official Saudi Press Agency quoted a foreign ministry source as saying.

Monday's USA move, formally under the State Department's purview, has been made as part of the White House's increasingly aggressive strategy towards Iran.

The IRGC, which has roughly 125,000 military personnel and enjoys growing public support, is also actively cooperating in construction, infrastructure and relief projects.

Despite Larijani's confidence that the USA would not impose the declaration on Iran, President Trump made the designation Monday.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, both Iran hawks, championed the decision.

Iran denies having a military presence in the Arab Republic apart from advisers sent in at the request of Damascus and to help it fight terrorist groups.

Although the timing was probably linked to the Israeli elections, the long-term intentions seem to be oriented around the Trump administration's efforts to make it far more challenging for future U.S. administrations to engage the Islamic Republic diplomatically.

The official said the designation is something that President Trump has "long wanted to enact" and insisted that the Iranians "forced our hand" with their decades-long involvement in terror plots, in response to an allegation that policy announcement was intended as an election eve boost to Netanyahu.

Earlier in July, Tehran has also threatened to disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if the United States tries to strangle Iran's economy by halting its oil exports. The designation takes effect on April 15th.

While this specific designation has been discussed a number of times in the past, many media outlets have pointed out this could be seen as an unprecedented move, as no formal government entity has ever earned a spot on the terrorist organization list before. To that point, Iraq's pro-Iranian factions will feel increasingly emboldened when demanding expulsion of American troops from their country. "Such decisions will lead to instability in our region and once you start stepping outside global law, it is unpredictable where it will stop", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a press conference in Istanbul. Either join the United States in combating the increasing danger that the Iranian regime poses to peace and security through maximum economic pressure or the United States will be willing to go it alone as the leader of the free world. It has further isolated this arm, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, placing it in the same rogues' gallery of designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations as ISIS and al Qaeda.

As recently as April 7, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei openly called on Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi - who was on his first trip to Iran since taking office - to push for the expulsion of U.S. troops in Iraq as soon as possible.

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