Iran’s parliament designated the entire US military apparatus as a terrorist entity on Tuesday and called on the government to provide massive financial reinforcement to the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), hours before the body of slain force commander Qasem Soleimani was laid to rest in his hometown.
The parliament’s decision comes days after the bodies of General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and four of their Iranian companions began making their way through holy cities in Iraq and Iran. Millions of people mourned and called for revenge for the US drone strike which killed Soleimani and nine others near Baghdad airport in the early hours of Friday.
“In order to shore the defensive capabilities of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the government is obliged to provide 200 million euros from the National Development Fund to this force,” read a newly-added clause to a bill that had designated part of the US army a terrorist entity last April.
Enacted last April, the original bill labeled the US Central Command (CENTCOM) a terrorist entity, in response to the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist entity by the US government. The new bill extends that designation, stating that “all the members of Pentagon, the companies, and affiliated institutions, the commanders and those responsible for the martyrdom of … Qasem Soleimani” ought to be recognized as terrorist entities.
Of the 234 parliamentarians in attendance, 229 voted in its favor. Three opposed the bill, and two abstained.