The nation of Iran has designated the entire United States military and the individuals who work at the Pentagon as a collective terrorist organization.
On Tuesday, the Iranian Parliament approved a resolution making the designation as a response to the U.S. killing Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani.
Additionally, the lawmakers voted to allocate $220 million to the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guards Corp’s (IRGC) Quds Force “to take revenge” for the death, USA Today reports. The IRGC is Iran’s “elite special military operations unit that Soleimani once led,” the Washington Examiner reports.
According to the report, the new resolution was approved by all of Iran’s 223 lawmakers.
Here’s more from the Washington Examiner:
Soleimani, 62, was killed along with Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, the leader of the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces. His death has stoked fears of potential retaliation from Iran or Iranian proxies. President Trump said he has a list of 52 Iranian targets, including cultural sites, and threatened to hit them if Iran seeks revenge for Soleimani’s death.
Tuesday’s votes came the same day as dozens were killed during a stampede at Solemani’s funeral procession. Thousands of his supporters had assembled in his hometown, Kerman, to watch his casket be brought to the cemetery. The funeral had to be postponed because of the deaths and injuries.
And, per USA Today:
The nation’s Supreme National Security Council had previously – last year – designated U.S. Central Command, the U.S. military’s Middle East command unit, a terrorist group. That came in response to the Trump administration’s labeling of the IRGC as a terrorist organization after Washington exited a landmark 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers and reimposed economic sanctions.
There was no immediate reaction from the U.S. State Department or White House to Iran’s parliamentary resolution. Washington considered Soleimani a terrorist responsible for hundreds of American soldiers’ death in Iraq, largely because the organization he headed trained Iraqi militant groups to target U.S.-led coalition forces with improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. Soleimani also oversaw Iran’s sophisticated foreign intelligence and security apparatus.