Members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards march during an annual military parade to mark Iran's eight-year war with Iraq, 1980–'88, in the capital Tehran, on Sept. 22, 2013. Atta Kenare/AFP
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U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is considering a proposal that could lead to potentially designating Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter. The officials said several U.S. government agencies have been consulted about such a proposal, which if implemented would add to measures the United States has already imposed on individuals and entities linked to the IRGC.The IRGC is by far Iran's most powerful security entity, which also has control over large stakes in Iran's economy and huge influence in its political system.Naming Iran's single most powerful military and political institution as a terrorist group could have potentially destabilizing effects, including further inflaming regional conflicts in which the United States and regional archrivals blame Iran for interference.It would also likely complicate the U.S. fight against Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq, where Shiite militias backed by Iran and advised by IRGC fighters are battling the militant group.A designation of the entire IRGC as a terrorist group would potentially have much broader implications, including for the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and the United States and other major world powers.
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