Instagram deletes pages of IRGC commanders after US blacklisting
Instagram has blocked the pages of commanders of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), over a week after the United States blacklisted the elite military force, Trend reports citing Press TV.
The blocking spree by Facebook’s sister photo and video-sharing networking service began after the US designated the Corps as “a foreign terrorist organization” last week.
The targeted pages include those of the IRGC’s chief commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, Major General Qassem Soleimani, who commands the Corps’ Quds Force, Commander of the IRGC’s Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri, Brigadier General Moussa Kamali, and Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, a former commander of the IRGC’s Air Force.
Instagram has, according to media reports, confirmed the measure and said it acted on Washington’s sanctions law.
Several world countries have censured Washington’s designation and said targeting another country’s military force breaches international regulations.
In response to the designation by US President Donald Trump, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic reciprocally designated the US administration as a “supporter of terrorism” and the US Central Command (CENTCOM) as “a terrorist organization” pursuant to a decision by Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), the country’s top security body.