In 2007, according to CNN:

The Iranian parliament on Saturday voted to designate the United States' Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army as terrorist organizations, IRNA, the country's state-run news agency, reported.

QUESTION: What other government agencies (or countries themselves) are currently designated as terrorist by a law/decree of another country's government?

  • I guess there should be few enough that they can all be listed here.
  • I am talking about official designation, not just some state leader angrily calling another country as terrorist during a speech.
  • Due to the semantic satiation of the word 'terrorist', I narrow the question down to official designations that include concrete penalties and actions due to said designation - otherwise an "official designation" is simply a more emphatic speech. See Wikipedia for concrete examples of official designation processes (many countries have such an official process).
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    Nice idea but I think it simply highlights the semantic satiation of the word 'terrorist'. You'll need to narrow the question down to official designations that include concrete penalties and actions due to said designation - otherwise an "official designation" is simply a more empathic speech. Oct 28, 2013 at 4:48
  • Oop. I meant emphatic. An empathic speech about terrorists would be highly unusual considering the subject matter. Oct 31, 2013 at 0:44

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Sudan, Iran, and Syria, listed here.
UPD: Cuba was on this list until May 2015.

As to historical examples, the Palestine Liberation Organization was considered by both the United States and Israel to be a terrorist organization until 1991.
The African National Congress, South Africa's now-governing political party, was considered terrorist by the United States until 2008.

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    I think @nic was asking about countries other than the United States; and probably countries other than the USA's common allies. On a side note, the lingering 21st century bans were/are against specific ANC members; and the US' reasons for adding or removing people from their T.E.L. is opaque and deeply political, so we can't easily extrapolate to entire post-apartheid political parties. Oct 30, 2013 at 23:32
  • +1 The US' list is exactly the kind of lists I was looking for, thanks! Was PLO a government agency when it was designated? I don't think the ANC has ever been a government agency, right?
    – nic
    Oct 31, 2013 at 1:11
  • Ah in that case, I rescind my assumption. +1 ish. Oct 31, 2013 at 1:56
  • @LateralFractal Thanks for your note. I agree about the ANC, my thinking was too broad. AFAIK, the US is the only country keeping a list of "terrorist states." Other countries prefer listing specific organizations and people, i.e. there is the EU's list and then each EU member state may amend it. Besides, the UN keeps country reports on compliance with Security Council resolutions
    – I.M.
    Oct 31, 2013 at 8:06
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    @nic Glad you've found what you wanted. The PLO was more than a government agency, it was Palestine. Since 1974, the PLO was called (by the UN among others) "the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people." And in 1988, after declaration of independence, Arafat assumed the title of "President of Palestine" as Chairman of the PLO. The ANC is not an agency, you're right. (I was thinking more of "governing" than of "legal status" here).
    – I.M.
    Oct 31, 2013 at 8:23

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