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Washington D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ), Ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, yesterday introduced legislation that would urge the Secretary of State to designate the Quds Force, a unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, as a foreign terrorist organization. The legislation, H.R. 1324, was introduced with bipartisan support.
“The Quds Force has been implicated in military and terrorist activities outside of Iran in recent months. The United States and our allies must move to counter this threat before it grows stronger,” said Saxton. “This legislation encourages the Secretary of State to designate the Quds Force as a foreign terrorist organization and allows the United States and our allies to prosecute its agents that are operating outside of Iran.”
Press reports indicate that the Quds Force performs military and terrorist operations outside of Iran, including the supply of weapons, training and financial support to several groups already designated as foreign terrorist organizations by the U.S. State Department. Additionally, the Quds Force reportedly provides assistance, such as intelligence collection and materiel support, to Shiite militias that are attacking U.S. military forces in Iraq.
During the 108th and 109th Congresses, Rep. Saxton served as the Chairman of the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee.
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