WASHINGTON

The U.S. designated 20 individuals and entities Thursday for providing support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) to violate Iraq’s sovereignty and exploit its economy. 

“Some of these people help provide the financial support that enables the IRGC-QF to transfer lethal aid to Iranian-backed terrorist groups such as Kata’ib Hizballah (KH) and Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), and engage in other malign activities that undermine the Iraqi government’s efforts toward energy independence,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

The designations also includes entities and individuals that exploit Iraq’s dependence on Iranian electricity imports for the

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