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DUBAI - Thousands of Iranians carrying signs reading "I'm a Guard too" and "Down with USA" marched on Friday to protest against the US designation of the elite Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organization.
Last month, a Luxembourg court rejected a U.S. request to compensate victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks by seizing Iranian assets, seven years after a NY court claimed there was evidence of Iran's involvement in the incident.
State television showed crowds shouting "What's America thinking?"
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US President Donald Trump said his administration's "unprecedented" designation "recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a state sponsor of terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft". Gen. Kioomars Heidari, said the US decision was self-destructive as the Americans "have put their own forces, particularly the US Central Command, in danger across the world".
The IRGC statement said the United States blacklisting of the force was the latest in a series of the White House's back-to-back failures in the Middle East, and added that the U.S. decision made the IRGC more determined to improve its defense and offensive capabilities.
The Guards' overseas Quds forces have fought Iran's proxy wars in the strife-toen region. "This measure against CENTCOM was a tit-for-tat act against the IRGC [blacklisting]".