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Iran says Baghdadi's death is not end of Islamic State group

Reuters , AP , Sunday 27 Oct 2019
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Iran said on Sunday the death of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will not mean the end of the group and its ideology, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei tweeted.

"The killing of Baghdadi will not end Daesh (the Islamic State group) and its ideology ... which was created and flourished with the help of regional petrodollars," Rabiei tweeted. 

Iran's information minister says the killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a US military operation is no big deal.

Reacting on Saturday to US president Donald Trump's announcement that al-Baghdadi was dead, Information and Communications Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said on his Twitter account: ``Not a big deal! You just killed your creature.''

He did not elaborate but Iran has often accused the US of creating the Islamic State group, without providing any evidence.

Also on Sunday, hard-liner Abdollah Ganji suggested that the killing of Baghdadi will be a key issue in next year's US presidential election.

The editor-in-chief of the hard-line Javan newspaper said: ``Why are they being killed in the run-up to the US presidential election?''

* This story was compiled and edited by Ahram Online.

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