Continuing Iran’s proclamations of victory over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Supreme Leader has declared a triumph over the US which “created” ISIS.
The chain of celebration started with a letter from Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Qods Force of the Revolutionary Guards, to the Supreme Leader. Soleimani, who has been instrumental in operations in both Iraq and Syria, said that ISIS had now been ended after losing almost of its major positions in the two countries.
Ayatollah Khamenei went farther in his response on Tuesday by aiming at the US and Israel:
Those who made a huge investment in creating Daesh would try to re-hatch their evil plots in another part of the region or in other forms; therefore, the enemy’s deceit should not be ignored….
[This] was a blow against the past and current governments of America and the regimes linked to it in the region who created this group and gave them every kind of support so they could expand their malevolent power in west Asia.
On Wednesday, Khamenei took the boast to Basij paramilitary members:
You, the young people, managed to bring U.S. to its knees & defeat them in the region. All their efforts & plots to drive revolutionary and Islamic ideology out of this region and to destroy resistance ideology that had spread in the region were reversed. pic.twitter.com/kvpRHhZkbI
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) November 22, 2017
President Rouhani added his commentary on Tuesday, before travelling to southern Russia for discussions with President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about the Syrian conflict:
Today with God’s guidance and the resistance of people in the region we can say that this evil has either been lifted from the head of the people or has been reduced. Of course the remnants will continue but the foundation and roots have been destroyed.
Despite the proclamations, ISIS is continuing to resist in and near its last town in Syria, al-Bukamal on the Iraq border. Two Iranian commanders have been killed in the past week by ISIS operations.