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Bannon to Name Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Leading Group Fighting ISIS as “Terrorists” – by Gordon Duff, VeteransToday.com – “The news comes amid emerging reports that the White House is preparing to list Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) – by far the most powerful national security and defense entity in Iran – as a terrorist organization… The proposal, possibly coming in the form of an executive order by the Trump administration, would prohibit any material support or other kinds of contact with the sanctioned entity… If issued, the executive order would create the first known instance of designating a foreign government institution as a terrorist entity. The IRGC is the guardian of Iran’s internal security and a powerful yet independent military organization that includes its own army, navy and air forces as well as special forces and intelligence units… Created by Ayatollah Khomeini shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution to safeguard the ruling regime, the Corps is said to comprise more than 120,000 active personnel. Throughout the past years, the Revolutionary Guard has been deployed abroad, including in neighboring Iraq and Syria, where it is engaged in fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).”
IDF fires on Syrian post after shell lands in Golan – from TimesOfIsrael.com – “The tank shell caused no injuries or damage. It occurred during reported clashes between Syrian government and rebel forces in the villages of Ufaniya and Hamidiya in the demilitarized zone… Syrian government forces were also shelling the village of Hamidiya with artillery… The IDF said it retaliated by firing on a Syrian army position, and identified a direct hit. It didn’t specify how it attacked the Syrian position, but pro-government Syrian media said Israeli helicopters attacked the position, causing damage but no injuries… Israel has repeatedly stated it holds the Syrian government responsible for all errant fire, regardless of the source, if it lands on the Israeli side of the demilitarized zone. However, in the past, the army has also noted that it “will not hesitate to act against any opposition forces in Syria.” (emph. added)