The U.S. has added four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps currently operating within Iraq to the Specially Designated Global Terrorists list. The U.S. Treasury also stated that Hezbollah in Iraq is serving as a “terrorist proxy for the Iranian regime that seeks to undermine Iraqi sovereignty and destabilize the Middle East…this armed group primarily operates in Iraq, but has also dispatched fighters to Syria, and its members have trained in Iran and with Hezbollah in Lebanon.” The group publicizes its anti-ISIS operations and training across these areas, and the designation is not a surprise to those familiar with the topic. Such designations can complicate U.S. dealings with allies or potential allies, however, who have connections or dealings with the terror-designated groups, whether as part of anti-ISIS efforts or otherwise.
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