Saudi columnist: US must remember Iranian IRGC’s terror against US forces and interests

In his column for the Saudi daily ‘Okaz, journalist Muhammad Al-Sa’ad criticized the US administration for considering removing Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the list of foreign terrorist organizations as part of of its efforts to renew the 2015 law. nuclear agreement with Iran (the JCPOA). Al-Sa’ad has claimed that Iran is a “terrorist ally of the United States” and that the Biden administration wants to delist him in order to compensate for the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a US airstrike carried out in January 2020 under the Trump administration. To remind Americans of IRGC terrorism, Al-Sa’ad listed a series of attacks he has carried out against US interests, forces and nationals since the Islamic Revolution in Iran. He added that, given the current US policy towards Iran, no one should be surprised if in the future the United States adopts a lenient attitude towards other terrorist organizations, such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Muhammad Al-Sa’ad (Source: ‘okaySaudi Arabia)

Here are excerpts from his article: [1]

“Leaks from Washington indicate that the United States under Biden is on the verge of removing the IRGC from the terrorism list and recognizing it as a peaceful organization in the service of humanity according to American perception, [i.e.,] through murder and intimidation. The Biden administration clearly wants to make amends for the assassination of Qassem Soleimani – the most serious and important decision courageously taken by the former [U.S.] President Donald Trump – in order to impress on Iran that the Democratic administration, led by the godfather Barack Obama, was not happy with Trump’s action and that it is [now] apologize for the assassination of terrorist Soleimani. The IRGC will soon become an organization that the American security apparatus will welcome. Perhaps they will even achieve security coordination with him, serving the agenda of the deep state, just as they used to use Daesh before.

“Let us remember and remind Americans of some of the crimes perpetrated by the Iranian terrorist IRGC and the murders he committed against innocent Americans and others:

“1. In 1979, Iranian students created their special assembly, which over time became an extremist military organization called Iran’s IRGC, whose role is to fight on behalf of the Iranian regime and defend the so-called revolution It was this organization that took over the US Embassy [in Tehran] and captured hundreds of diplomats who were in Iran at the time of the revolution. They were detained for hundreds of days, during which hundreds of secret US documents were stolen, and the incident became a great humiliation for the United States. In April 1980, the Americans tried to save their honor in Hollywood style. large-scale landing operation called Operation Eagle Claw, sending military helicopters and cargo planes, as well as a special combat unit, to Tabas [area] in eastern Iran. But from the beginning, things are not going well, and a sandstorm comes to aggravate the difficulties of the Americans and pushes them to withdraw. But then [one of the American] helicopters crashed into a military cargo plane, setting them both on fire and killing eight US servicemen.

“2. Only two years later, the IRGC carried out a direct military emasculation operation against US Army and elite Marine forces:… On October 23, 1983, two truck bombs were used to attack buildings in Beirut housing American and French troops. of the Multinational Force in Lebanon… The attack killed 307 people, including 241 Americans and 58 French… Everything indicated that the Iranian IRGC was involved in the operation.

“3. In 1988, an American frigate, the USS Samuel [B. Roberts], struck an Iranian mine in international waters and was badly damaged. Reagan’s America refused to accept this humiliation and responded militarily with Operation Praying Mantis, during which part of the Iranian Navy was destroyed.

“4. The 1996 attack on a [U.S. Air Force] housing complex in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Khobar that killed hundreds of American experts and other innocent people, was perpetrated by terrorists linked to Iran, the IRGC and to their proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah. The Saudi investigation directly implicated Tehran and the complete file was handed over to the American administration at the time, but the latter preferred to ignore the Iranian crime.

“5. Since 1990 and to this day, Iran has served as an incubator for the extremist organizations Al-Qaeda and ISIS, because Iranians have arranged for their country to serve as a haven for Al-Qaeda commanders and members and convenient route by which recruits can travel to and from Afghanistan.These links have led to a number of crimes perpetrated by Al-Qaeda in the name of Iran, which loved and embraced [this organization]chief among them the events of September 11, [2001]. All [of these crimes]led by Osama bin Laden and [Ayman] Al-Zawahiri, were backed by Iran.

“6. After the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Iran pledged to support the horrific killings and bombings [committed] against US forces by various IRGC-operated perpetrators and cells. [These attacks] killed hundreds of American soldiers and cost the United States billions of dollars. Iran’s goal was not to liberate Iraq; it was a battle between two occupiers [Iran and the U.S.] in Iraq.

“7. The Iranians have continued to humiliate the US without fear of punishment: In 2016, the Iranian Navy arrested two US military vessels with ten sailors on board. [The Iranians] humiliated them and disrespected them, [yet] USA did not respond.

“8. [In September 2020]the IRGC attempted to assassinate US Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks, [and] it was not the first attempt [of this kind]. It was preceded by an assassination attempt against the Saudi Ambassador to Washington who later became Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, ‘Adel Al-Jubeir, but this attempt was unmasked in time.

“No one should be surprised if the United States apologizes, on its own behalf and on behalf of its people, to terrorist Osama bin Laden and criminal Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Nor will we be surprised if we see IRGC Commander Hossein Salami and Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, as well as Hassan Nasrallah and [Houthi leader] ‘Abd Al-Malik Al-Houthi, received at the White House, as worthy leaders and allies. This is what the radical left in America has created.”

[1] ‘Okaz (Saudi Arabia), March 24, 2022.

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