AP Explains: Long reach of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

FILE - In this July 2, 2012 file photo, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat participates in a ceremony remembering the 290 passengers of an Iranian airliner which was downed by a U.S. warship in 1988, in Persian Gulf, Iran. On Monday, April 8, 2019, the Trump administration designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “foreign terrorist organization” in an unprecedented move against a national armed force. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps went from being a domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational fighting force.

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