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Iran's Parliament Labels US Army, CIA as 'Terrorists'


Iran's parliament has passed a resolution calling on the government to designate the United States Army and Central Intelligence Agency as "terrorist organizations."

The move is in response to U.S. lawmakers' approval this week of resolutions urging the Bush administration to label Iran's Revolutionary Guards force a "terrorist group."

The Iranian resolution was approved Saturday by 215 lawmakers in Iran's 290-seat parliament, which is dominated by conservatives.

The resolution says the U.S. Army and CIA should be considered terrorists because they provide support to Israel in its operations against Palestinian and Lebanese militants.

The document also cites U.S. killings in Iraq and Afghanistan and the alleged torture of suspects at U.S. detention centers in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Bush administration said in August it is considering designating all or part of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization. U.S. officials and lawmakers accuse the Guards of arming Shi'ite militants in Iraq and supplying sophisticated roadside bombs used to kill American soldiers there.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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