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Iran vows to retaliate if US lists Revolutionary Guards as terror organisation

Iran vows to retaliate if US lists Revolutionary Guards as terror organisationIran has threatened to retaliate against the US if it designates its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organisation.Washington is reportedly expected to designate the IRGC as terrorists next week, marking the first time it has formally labelled another country’s military a terror group.In response, a majority of Iranian parliamentarians said: “We will answer any action taken against this force with a reciprocal action.”The statement was issued by 255 out of the 290 Iranian politicians, according to state news agency IRNA.“So the leaders of America, who themselves are the creators and supporters of terrorists in the [Middle East] region, will regret this inappropriate and idiotic action,” it added.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has advocated the change in US policy as part of the Trump administration’s tough posture towards Tehran.In 2017, IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari warned that if Donald Trump went ahead with the move “then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State [Isis] all around the world”.The change in policy comes as Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Iraq to demand US troops leave “as soon as possible” during a visit by Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.Iran and the US have been competing for influence in Iraq since the US-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.Some 5,200 troops are stationed in Iraq as part of a security agreement with the Iraqi government to advise, assist and support the country’s troops in the fight against Isis.“You must make sure that the Americans withdraw their troops from Iraq as soon as possible because expelling them has become difficult whenever they have had a long military presence in a country,” Iran’s supreme leader was quoted as saying by state media.“The Iraqi government, parliament and current political activists in the country are undesirable for the Americans … and they are plotting to remove them from Iraqi politics.”Set up after the 1979 Islamic Revolution to protect the Shia cleric ruling system, the IRGC is Iran’s most powerful security organisation.It controls large sectors of the Iranian economy and has huge influence in its political system.Additional reporting by agencies



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Iran will retaliate in kind if U.S. designates Guards as terrorists- MPs

Iran will retaliate in kind if U.S. designates Guards as terrorists- MPsIran will take reciprocal action against the United States if Washington designates the elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as terrorists, a majority of Iranian parliamentarians said on Sunday, according to state news agency IRNA. The United States is expected to designate the Revolutionary Guards a foreign terrorist organization, three U.S. officials told Reuters, marking the first time Washington has formally labeled another country’s military a terrorist group.



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Iran will retaliate in kind if U.S. designates Guards as terrorists: MPs

Iran will retaliate in kind if U.S. designates Guards as terrorists: MPsIran will take reciprocal action against the United States if Washington designates the elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as terrorists, a majority of Iranian parliamentarians said on Sunday, according to state news agency IRNA. The United States is expected to designate the Revolutionary Guards a foreign terrorist organisation, three U.S. officials told Reuters, marking the first time Washington has formally labelled another country’s military a terrorist group. “We will answer any action taken against this force with a reciprocal action,” a statement issued by 255 out of the 290 Iranian lawmakers said, according to IRNA.



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Pakistan will retaliate against any Indian attacks over Kashmir bombing, says Imran Khan

Pakistan will retaliate against any Indian attacks over Kashmir bombing, says Imran KhanPakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, has warned his country will retaliate against any Indian attack in the wake of last week's Kashmir suicide bombing and called instead for dialogue to calm the growing crisis. Mr Khan said he was willing to help Delhi investigate the blast which killed at least 40 paramilitary policemen last week and prompted outrage in India and calls for revenge. As tensions remained high, the senior Indian military commander in Kashmir told mothers to ensure their sons surrendered to an ongoing security crackdown or they would be killed. India says it has incontrovertible evidence that Pakistan's spy agency was behind the blast as part of its long history of supporting militant groups in the region. The attack on a security convoy was claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group. Only weeks before a spring general election, the worst ever attack on Indian security forces in Kashmir has put significant pressure on India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, to strike back. Lt Gen KJS Dhillon said militants in Kashmir had to surrender or die Credit: AP In a televised address Mr Khan told India that in the event of any aggression “Pakistan will not just think about retaliating, we will retaliate. There will be no way to respond other than to retaliate." He went on: “And after that, where does the matter go? We all know that starting a war is easy. [But] starting a war may be in our hands, ending it won't be.” If Delhi had “any actionable intelligence that a Pakistani is involved, give it to us," he said.  "I guarantee you that we will take action ─ not because we are under pressure, but because they [any individuals found involved] are acting as enemies of Pakistan." An Indian soldier on guard during a curfew in Kashmir Credit: Reuters The disputed region has since the 1980s been a hotbed of insurgents wanting either independence or union with Pakistan, and heavy-handed Indian tactics have alienated many of the youth. The bombing was carried out by a 20-year-old man from a village in Indian Kashmir. His parents said he had joined a militant group after being beaten by Indian troops three years ago. Lt-Gen KJS Dhillon commander of the Indian army's Kashmir-based 15 Corps, accused Pakistan's military spy agency of "controlling" those behind the bombing. He said: "I would request all the mothers in Kashmir to please request their sons who have joined terrorism to surrender and get back to the mainstream. Otherwise anyone who has picked up the gun will be killed.”



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Russia threatens to retaliate against US forces in Syria

Russia threatens to retaliate against US forces in SyriaThe country’s defence ministry said Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting, had taken up positions on the eastern banks of the Euphrates alongside US special forces. The SDF had twice opened fire with mortars and artillery on Syrian troops who were working alongside Russian special forces, it claimed. Moscow also claimed that the SDF had diverted from the battle to take the northern city Raqqa to the province of Deir al-Zor, around 100 miles to the east, where Russian special forces are helping the Syrian army push out Isis militants.



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Putin: We'll have to retaliate against 'illegal' U.S. sanctions

Putin: We'll have to retaliate against 'illegal' U.S. sanctionsBy Denis Pinchuk SAVONLINNA, Finland (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia would be forced to retaliate if Washington pressed ahead with what he called illegal new sanctions against Moscow, describing U.S. conduct towards his country as boorish and unreasonable. Putin, speaking on a visit to Finland, was commenting on a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives which on Tuesday decided to impose new sanctions on Moscow and to force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers’ permission before easing any sanctions on Russia. The sanctions have yet to be approved by the Senate or Trump, and a top White House aide said on Thursday that Trump could veto the legislation in order to push for a tougher deal.



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Russia says ready to retaliate after U.S. talks end without deal

Russia says ready to retaliate after U.S. talks end without dealRussia said on Tuesday that it reserved the right to retaliate against the United States after a meeting in Washington ended without an agreement to return Russian diplomatic property the U.S. had seized.



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Kremlin says may retaliate against U.S. over expulsion of Russian diplomats

Kremlin says may retaliate against U.S. over expulsion of Russian diplomatsRussia may retaliate against the United States for the Obama administration’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats it said were spies, a top Kremlin aide said on Friday. Moscow is also waiting for the return of two diplomatic compounds seized in the United States during the same espionage scandal, Yuri Ushakov, a Kremlin foreign policy aide, said. “We are waiting for the return of Russian diplomatic property illegally impounded before the New Year by the previous U.S. authorities,” Ushakov told a news briefing.



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