What Happened: 173 of 215 Iranian lawmakers have voted to approve a bill to label all U.S. military forces as terrorist, Fars News Agency reported April 23. The bill includes a provision subjecting those cooperating with the United States in the region to Iranian retaliation.
Why It Matters: The bill is part of a tit-for-tat diplomatic response to the U.S. designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization and builds on similar legislation passed by Iran’s parliament last week.
Background: The White House announced April 8 that the U.S. State Department would designate the IRGC a foreign terrorist organization, which marked the first time the United States declared an entire foreign government body as terrorist. The Iranian Supreme National Security Council quickly responded by saying it would label U.S. Central Command as a terrorist organization.