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03 October 2007

Iran terror label bites deep, By Kaveh L Afrasiabi

On what it actually means to label Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp a "terrorist organization," as the Congress has done -- soon to be followed by the State Department.

Of course, since every American reads the Asia Times Online, I'm sure this analysis will get through the noise machine. No editor of any major American daily, or TV or radio news program, would ever have heard of it, I'm sure. How convenient. Here's some information on AT's readership.

Just to pick out one nugget: how many Americans, including the president of Columbia University, know this?

US and Israeli hawks don't like to hear this, but in both Bosnia-Herzegovina during the early and mid-1990s and more recently in Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, the US military and the IRGC interacted positively. In Bosnia, invited by the Bosnian government under siege, the IRGC trained and armed Bosnian fighters, with the tacit blessing of the White House. They continued to provide humanitarian support even after their military role ended shortly after the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement, which called for the exit of foreign forces.

Similarly, in Afghanistan, where the IRGC played a prominent role in supporting the anti-Taliban and anti-al-Qaeda Northern Alliance led by the late Ahmad Shah Masoud long before the US cavalry arrived in 2001, US and IRGC commanders met repeatedly both before and after Kabul's fall into the hands of the Northern Alliance.

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