The destructive role of Iran in various parts of the Middle East has been talked about over the past few weeks, with many leaders saying Iran is central to the tensions in the region. However, Tehran has been in this destructive role for nearly two decades.
Iran has sent many fighters to Yemen, Iraq and Syria, and has backed, financed and armed thousands more in other nations. Many are questioning how Iran can do this when its own economy is in such a precarious and delicate state.
Twenty five suspected members of a terrorist group have been arrested in Bahrain, ac-cording to a government statement issued on Saturday. During the arrest, Police seized firearms and bombs, as well as cars, boats and a drone.
The group is made up of 54 members, the statement continued, and allegedly, the members of the group “receive training in the use of explosives and firearms at Revolu-tionary Guard camps” in Iraq and Iran. There has been no comment from the Iranian government.
Why did Iran carry out ballistic missile testing in January despite the terms of the Iran nuclear deal and despite United Nations Security Council resolutions? The most obvious answer is that Iran was testing the resolve of the new US President and seeing how he would react.
President Trump, even before he took office, spoke very negatively about the Iranian regime, its aggressive and provocative behaviour and its spread of terrorism. He called the nuclear deal the “worst” he had seen and said he would scrap it.
There have been many discussions in Washington about the possible designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organisation. Many officials are for the designation, but lobbies of the Iranian regime have been trying to influence against this decision, citing many disastrous consequences.
The IRGC could be designated in one of two ways: Firstly, President Trump can issue (and cancel) an executive order or Congress can pass a bill.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) recently renewed Khomeini’s fatwa for the assassination of writer Salman Rushdie. The fatwa was initially issued 27 years ago by the first Supreme Leader of Iran following the publication of Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses”. The reward was raised to approximately $300,000 USD.
Regarding the fatwa that forced the writer into hiding, Khomeini declared: “I am afraid that in ten years time this decree would be set aside for diplomatic concerns”.
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