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Iraqi PM rejects US claims of IRGC economic role

Iraqi PM rejects US claims of IRGC economic role

The Iraqi prime minister rejected a recent US claim that Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) controls “some 20 percent” of the Arab country’s economy, saying Washington is lying about the role of the military force.

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The Irish Times on US-Iran tensions

The Irish Times on US-Iran tensions

Donald Trump’s decision to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organisation may be unprecedented, but it is hardly surprising. The United States already views Iran as a “state sponsor of terror” and has previously imposed sanctions on the guard. But, in keeping with Trump’s foreign policy, it’s not at all clear what end is served by making such a hostile move now.

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How Washington's IRGC designation pushes war with Iran

How Washington's IRGC designation pushes war with Iran

The decision by the Trump administration to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization marks another dangerous step in the relentless campaign Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton are waging to provoke a U.S.-Iranian military conflict and topple the regime in Tehran. Their success will depend on whether they can manipulate a distracted, ill-informed, impulsive, and erratic president into acting against his own instincts to avoid another regime-change campaign in the Middle East that could drag the United States into a messy and open-ended conflict. They have been able to get the president to dance to their tune on other issues, but can they do it again on an issue with much higher stakes for the country?

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Trump failing US citizens in Iran

Trump failing US citizens in Iran

This week Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) challenged President Trump to do more to bring home American citizens unjustly detained in Iran. But rather than criticizing Trump for failing to get the hostages freed, the senators are offering a constructive proposal for cooperation with our economic partners and allies — and Iran — on an issue that should be beyond party politics.

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