Iranian parliament designates all US military forces as terrorists
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Iranian parliament designates all US military forces as terrorists

Lawmakers previously backed a bill labeling American troops in the Mideast as terrorists, in tit-for-tat move over Washington’s outlawing of IRGC

A group of Iranian army members follow the debates of parliament on a tour on the occasion of Army Day, in Tehran, Iran, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
A group of Iranian army members follow the debates of parliament on a tour on the occasion of Army Day, in Tehran, Iran, April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian media said Tuesday the parliament has approved a bill that labels all US military forces as terrorist.

The legislation is a step further after Iranian lawmakers last week approved a bill labeling US troops in the Mideast as terrorist, a day after the US terrorism designation for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard came into effect.

The report by the semi-official ISNA news agency said 173 out of 215 lawmakers at the session voted for the bill on Tuesday.

The bill also demanded the Iranian government take unspecified action against other governments that formally back the US designation. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Israel have all supported the Trump administration’s designation.

Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) march during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, in the capital Tehran on September 22, 2018. (AFP/STR)

Washington’s designation of the IRGC — the first-ever for an entire division of another government — adds another layer of sanctions to the powerful paramilitary force and makes it a crime under US jurisdiction to provide it with material support.

However, the Reuters news agency reported Sunday that the US has largely carved out exceptions so that foreign governments, firms and NGOs are not automatically hit with sanctions for dealing with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

The US on Monday said it will no longer exempt any countries from sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil.

Also Monday, the US offered $10 million rewards for information on the finances of the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah.

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