WASHINGTON- Today, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) announced H.R. 2438, the bipartisan Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act of 2017, which imposes terrorism-related sanctions on two of the most nefarious Iranian-controlled militias in Iraq and Syria: As-Saib Ahl Al-Haq and Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba.
H.R. 4238 follows in the footsteps of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which was signed into law in August and applied terrorist sanctions to the IRGC. The legislation directs the President to levy these same terrorist sanctions on these two dangerous Iranian militias operating in Iraq and Syria. It also requires the Secretary of State to publish and maintain an annual list of all armed groups receiving assistance from the IRGC so that we can better understand the extent of Iran’s expansionist designs.
“I applaud the Administration’s recent designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for their persistent terrorist activity throughout the world,” said Rep. Poe. “This is merely the first step. We must continue to push back against Iran’s support for terrorism wherever it may be. For years, Iran has supported a long laundry list of terrorist actors that do its bidding and work to effectively make Baghdad an Iranian outpost. Many of these groups have the blood of hundreds of U.S. service members on their hands, and they take pride in their allegiance to Iran’s Supreme Leader. Further imposing sanctions on these terrorist groups will put a stop on the Islamic Republic’s objective of “exporting the revolution.”
“The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is Iran’s main vehicle for exporting terrorism and mayhem in the Middle East and beyond. It is important to sanction not only the IRGC and its Quds Force, but to go after affiliate entities such as these two militias,” said Rep. Sherman.