The US has already blacklisted dozens of entities for affiliations with the IRGC [File: Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters]

The United States is expected to designate Iran‘s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) a “terrorist organisation”, the Wall Street Journal reported citing unnamed officials.

The move would mark the first time Washington formally labels another country’s military a “terrorist group”.

The decision, which critics warn exposes US military and intelligence officials to similar actions by unfriendly governments abroad, is expected to be announced by the US State Department as early as Monday, the officials told the Wall Street Journal. 

The change of designation has been rumoured for years. 

The Pentagon declined to comment and referred queries to the State Department. The State Department and White House also declined to comment. 

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