The Trump administration is reportedly considering using an executive order to officially recognize the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, a complex military and political machine within Iran, as a ‘terrorist organization’, according to Reuters.

This potential classification would almost certainly further complicate the already strained relations between the U.S. and Iran.

Readers recognize the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as the umbrella organization for the infamous ‘Quds Force’, Iran’s special operations and intelligence apparatus. The Quds Force, led by Major General Qasem Suleimani, has a long track record of covert operations against the United States and American interests abroad.

Suleimani most notably led the Quds Force throughout the brutal Iraqi sectarian civil war. It has been reported that his intelligence officers and fighters supplied the Iraqi Shia insurgency with the weapons and means to inflict great casualties on Sunnis and American soldiers.