Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) recognized the Pentagon as a terrorist organization. On January 7, the Iranian Majlis voted unanimously for this decision. Also, Tehran now considers the American army to be a terrorist organization, TASS said. Majlis vote took place after the assassination of the Iranian General Qassem Suleimani by the US military on President Donald Trump’s direct order. It happened on January 3 near the airport in Baghdad. Tehran immediately after the liquidation of Suleimani promised the White House to give a tough answer and avenge the murder of the head of al-Quds (the elite special forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps).
All the 233 lawmakers present at an open session of the parliament on Tuesday unanimously adopted the triple-urgency motion, which will amend an earlier law that labeled American forces based in West Asia — known as the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) — as a terrorist organization.
The motion branded as terrorists all staff members of the Pentagon and affiliate companies and institutions in addition to those involved in General Soleimani’s assassination, including the commanders and those who issued the orders.
The amendment further urges the government to allocate 200 million € from the National Development Fund of Iran to the IRGC’s Quds Force, now led by Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani following General Soleimani’s martyrdom.
The initial version of the law was passed in April 2019 as a counter-measure against Washington’s blacklisting of the IRGC.c
An introduction to the motion said the amendments were proposed “given the need for firm and swift action on the part of the government and the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran (following) the unwise and shameful move by the criminal US to martyr Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.”
Trump ordered a US drone strike early Friday on General Soleimani’s motorcade upon his arrival in the Iraqi capital at the invitation of the Baghdad government.
The attack also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), as well as eight other Iranian and Iraqi people.
The measure became immediately binding as it received approval from members of Guardian Council of the Constitution, who were present at the session given the triple-urgency of the motion.
Following the vote, the lawmakers chanted ‘Death to America’ in condemnation of General Soleimani’s assassination, calling for decisive revenge against the US, as a massive funeral procession is underway in Kerman for the top defense thinker.