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Iran designates U.S. forces ‘terrorists’ for killing general

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prays near the coffins of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, in Tehran, Iran on January 6, 2020.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prays near the coffins of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, in Tehran, Iran on January 6, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Official Khamenei website/Handout via REUTERS

Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike outside Baghdad airport on Friday

Iran's Parliament passed a Bill on Tuesday designating all U.S. forces “terrorists” over the killing of a top Iranian military commander in a U.S. strike last week.

Qassem Soleimani, the popular head of the Revolutionary Guards’ foreign operations arm, was killed in a U.S. drone strike outside Baghdad airport on Friday, ratcheting up tensions between the arch-foes.

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Under the newly adopted Bill, all U.S. forces and employees of the Pentagon and affiliated organisations, agents and commanders and those who ordered the “martyrdom” of Soleimani were designated as “terrorists".

“Any aid to these forces, including military, intelligence, financial, technical, service or logistical, will be considered as cooperation in a terrorist act,” Parliament said.

Lawmakers also voted to bolster by 200 million € the coffers of the Quds Force - the foreign operations arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards that was headed by Soleimani.

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The Bill was an amended version of a law adopted in April last year that declared the United States a “state sponsor of terrorism” and its forces in the region “terror groups".

Iran’s top security body, the Supreme National Security Council, said that blackisting came after the U.S. designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a “terrorist organisation”.

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