Bills to list the IRGC and the MB as terrorist organizations

Senator Ted Cruz (File Photo: AP/Zach Gibson)

A group of prominent US Senators have proposed two bills that will require the US State Department to hold to account both the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Muslim Brotherhood, and list them as terrorist radicals for their part in spreading violence.

The bill has been proposed by Republicans Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Michael McCaul and Senator Mario Balart.

Senator Cruz argued in his proposed bill that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Muslim Brotherhood, adopted violent Islamist ideology with the intention of destroying the West. As such - he stated – the two foreign entities should be designated as terrorist organizations.

He said he was proud to reintroduce the bills, that would arrange reforms needed for America’s war against radical Islamic terrorism, especially, he said, with the IRGC being a main pillar for the Iranian regime.

He added that the threat had intensified under the Obama administration due to the ‘willful blindness’ of new direction of US policies that hampered the country’s safety and security.

Senator McCaul said it was time for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to be held accountable, adding that for years the IRGC had been allowed to operate clandestinely using front companies and illicit networks to evade being listed as a terrorist group.

He said he believed the Obama administration had chosen to turn a blind eye to these activities for the sake of the ‘flawed nuclear agreement’ with Iran.

Senator Ballart said the US had already listed members, branches and commissions affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, namely Hamas, al-Qaeda and the Palestinian Jihad group on the terrorism list. He added that he is also proud to have worked with Senator Cruz on this project because the MB was still supporting and fostering terrorism.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53