Home of Lisa's Top Ten, the daily email that brings you the world.
The first task of the day

Sign Up for Lisa's Top Ten


Iranian Attacks on U.S. and its Allies Hit Record Highs

Members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) attend an IRGC ground forces military drill on October 17, 2022. REUTERS
Members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) attend an IRGC ground forces military drill on October 17, 2022. REUTERS

Iranian attacks on the United States and its allies hit record highs in 2021 and 2022 as the Biden administration relaxed sanctions on the country, according to a congressional report obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Iran launched a record shattering 750 attacks on American personnel and allies during the Biden administration’s first year in office and more than 600 in 2022, surpassing figures of around 500 per year in 2019 and 2020, according to the report, which sheds light on Tehran’s expanding global terrorism enterprise. The attacks—which include hundreds of drone strikes, ballistic missiles, and rocket launches—indicate that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the country’s paramilitary fighting force, is stronger than ever under the Biden administration.

"Emboldened by weak American leadership, the IRGC has in recent years become more reckless and provocative, threatening America’s allies and partners and bringing the entire Middle East closer to war," former secretary of state Mike Pompeo said in the report, which was unveiled on Thursday as part of a larger congressional effort to increase international pressure on the IRGC. Rep. Claudia Tenney (R., N.Y.) assembled the report with the help of Pompeo and other former senior U.S. officials to help push American allies into designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization, as the United States did in 2019.

The report reveals that the IRGC has nearly 650,000 troops stationed across all of its sectors with a budget of around $5 billion annually. The findings suggest the Biden administration’s efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal have made Tehran more destructive. And with new reports indicating the U.S. administration is negotiating a partial return to the nuclear deal that will nix scores of sanctions on Iran, the IRGC is likely to emerge as a top beneficiary.

Along with the report, Tenney is introducing a congressional resolution that urges "the European Union to expeditiously designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization," according to a copy of the measure obtained by the Free Beacon.

Related Story: Pentagon Reveals More Casualties from Syrian Airstrikes

Read More

Related Posts