IRAN’S Parliament passed a Bill on Tuesday designating all US forces “terrorists” over the killing of a top Iranian military commander in a US strike last week. Qassem Soleimani, the popular head of the Revolutionary Guards’ foreign operations arm, was killed in a US drone strike outside Baghdad airport on Friday, ratcheting up tensions between the arch-foes. Under the newly adopted Bill, all US forces and employees of the Pentagon and affiliated organisations, agents and commanders and those who ordered the “martyrdom” of Soleimani were designated as “terrorists.”
“Any aid to these forces, including military, Intelligence, financial, technical, service or logistical, will be considered as co-operation in a terrorist act,” Parliament said. Lawmakers also voted to bolster by 200 million Euros the coffers of the Quds Force -- the foreign operations arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards that was headed by Soleimani. The Bill was an amended version of a law adopted in April last year that declared the United States a “State sponsor of terrorism” and its forces in the region “terror groups.” Iran’s top security body, the Supreme National Security Council, said that blacklisting came after the US designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a “terrorist organisation.”
Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday warned his American counterpart Donald Trump to “never threaten the Iranian nation,” after he issued a US strike list of 52 targets in the Islamic republic. “Those who refer to the number 52 should also remember the number 290. #IR655 Never threaten the Iranian nation,” he tweeted, referring to 290 lives lost in July 1988 when a US warship shot down passenger plane Iran Air 655 in the Gulf.