Just after President Trump's major Sunday announcement of ISIS terror chief Abu Bakr Baghdadi's death as a result of a successful and complicated special forces raid in northwest Syria, Iran's first reaction was to dismiss it as "not a big deal".
In perhaps the most interesting reaction of an enemy of Washington moments after the news broke Sunday, Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi declared that Baghdadi's elimination was not “a big deal” and that Washington had simply destroyed its own “creature.”
“Not a big deal! You just killed your creature,” Jahromi posted on Twitter in reaction to Trump’s initial tweet reading “Something very big has just happened!”
Iranian state media has for years since Islamic State terrorists flooded Syria and established their 'caliphate' produced stories suggesting Washington 'created' ISIS, whether directly or indirectly.
After the CIA and Pentagon flooded the Syrian battlefield with advanced weaponry during the early years of the war, such as the BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile, more and more of these very weapons were documented ending up in the hands of ISIS, which they used against Syrian government forces.
Not a big deal! You just killed your creature. https://t.co/jrPuLWh5Sm— MJ Azari Jahromi (@azarijahromi) October 27, 2019
Meanwhile, in a separate statement Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei asserted that Baghdadi’s death would not ultimately put a stop to the Islamic State, and that US policies fueled the rise of the terror caliphate.
"As the death of Osama bin Laden didn’t eradicate terrorism, the death of al-Baghdadi will not put an end to Daeshism," Rabiei said. Explaining that the region's jihadist terror groups thrive “through American policies and regional petrodollars,” he said it's these “terror-nurturing swamps that need to be drained.”
Also on Sunday Russia reacted by expressing doubt over the veracity concerning the entire White House narrative on the "daring nighttime raid" to kill Baghdadi, saying it's yet to see proof of what the Russian Defense Ministry sarcastically described as "yet another elimination" of Baghdadi, referencing the multiple prior false media reports of his death.
This after Trump issued unprecedented praise toward the Russian and Syrian governments in his 'victory speech'.
“This raid was impeccable and could only have taken place with the acknowledgment and help of certain other nations and people,” Trump said. “I want to thank the nations of Russia, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq, and I also want to thank the Syrian Kurds for certain support they were able to give us."
Meanwhile, some European officials have expressed concern over potential 'blowback' attacks following the ISIS leader's death, with French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner putting the nation's police on "high alert".
“The possible intensification of jihadist propaganda following this death, which could possibly call for acts of vengeance, requires the most extreme vigilance, notable during public events in your departments in coming days,” Castaner said.