Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Rep. Joe Wilson Co-Sponsors Bill to Sanction Iranian Proxy Terrorist Groups

Mar 1, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Joe Wilson Co-Sponsors Bill to Sanction Iranian Proxy Terrorist Groups

     Washington, D.C. – Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after signing on as a co-sponsor to H.R. 4238, the Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act of 2017.

     This legislation applies tough sanctions on two specific Iran proxy groups, As-Saib Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) and Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba. These terrorist organizations have played a key role in propping up the brutal dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, which has resulted in the continuation of a civil war where the government uses chemical weapons against their own innocent civilians.”

     AAH conducted numerous attacks against the United States and coalition forces, resulting in the deaths of American servicemen, in Iraq between its inception in 2006 and the U.S. withdrawal in December 2011. AAH and Nujaba deploy forces to Syria to fight on behalf of the Bashar al-Assad regime, including participating in the 2016 siege of Aleppo.

     Sanctions are an effective tool in a foreign policy of peace through strength. We must never allow murderous groups like AAH and Nujaba to wreak havoc without a strong response from the United States. I am grateful for President Donald Trump’s leadership in consistently supporting sanctions against rogue regimes.

     H.R. 4238 also instructs Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to establish, maintain and publish a list of groups, militias, or other proxy forces that are working with or for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. If this legislation passes, those names will be published on the Department of State’s Annual Country Reports on Terrorism.

     This legislation builds off of H.R. 3364, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which passed the House and the Senate, and President Trump signed into law last year. H.R. 3364 imposed sanctions against Iran’s ballistic missile or weapons of mass destruction programs, the sale or transfer to Iran of military equipment, and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and affiliated foreign persons.

     “With the Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act of 2017, we will provide clarification on what constitutes the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard to ensure that every person who is committing atrocities in the name of Iran will suffer the consequences.”