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Leaders react to Trump’s announcement of Islamic State leader’s death

President Donald Trump announced on Sunday (October 27) that fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had died in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria, in a major blow to the jihadist group.

While leaders of Iraq, Turkey, UK and France reacted positively to the news on social media, Iranian Information Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi tweeted in response to Trump’s post: “Not a big deal, You just killed your creature,” accusing Iran’s long-time foe United States of creating Islamic State.

Baghdadi killed himself during the raid by detonating a suicide vest, Trump said in a televised address from the White House.

The death of Baghdadi is a severe blow to Islamic State, which has been in disarray and has no declared successor as leader yet. But the group has in the past proved resilient, continuing to mount or inspire attacks in the region and beyond despite losing most of its territory in recent years.

(Production: Marissa Davison)

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