ISIS Applauds Trump’s Killing Soleimani

Eric Zuesse – Strategic Culture Jan 14, 2020

General Qassem Soleimani, who commanded the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), is pictured in northern Iraq in May 2017. Click to enlarge

According to BBC’s top expert on jihadist movements, official publications from ISIS are now calling the killing of the Iranian General Qasem Soleimani an act of God, and are portraying Shiite Iran as Muslims’ greatest enemy, more so even than powers that don’t claim to be Muslim.

In a series of tweets from the BBC’s jihadism-expert, Mina al-Lami, she explains why ISIS is ecstatic that Soleimani is dead — they say that it’s because the killing of Soleimani is a strong display from God that God is wreaking revenge against the opponents of jihad. Her tweets show photos of some of these ISIS publications, paraphrase from them, and place their statements into a broader context of Islamic history and of the ancient split between fundamentalist Sunni Islam, on the one hand, and all of Shiite Islam (including especially Iran’s), on the other.

Here are highlights from this string of tweets, by Mina al-Lami, the BBC’s expert on jihadist movements. She makes clear, “Views are mine.” These statements do not come from BBC, but from herself, to explain why ISIS is so happy that Solomeini is dead:

BBC ISIS Specialist Mina al-Lami
Jihadism specialist; Editorial Lead/team manager @BBC Monitoring ( Views are mine.

Jan 10

This is the typical position of jihadists in such situations: they gloat and pray that God weakens their enemies’ at the hands of one another, for the benefit of jihadists[:]

IS gloats at death of Soleimani in first comment on US-Iran crisis
Islamic State group (ISIS) has welcomed the death of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, portraying his demise in a U.S. drone strike on 3 Janua

6:22 AM – 10 Jan 2020

Thread: In the editorial of its weekly paper #AlNaba, #ISIS welcomes the death of #Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike, but is careful not to openly credit the U.S. for his demise but portrays it as an act of God to support IS and Muslims more broadly.
12:57 AM – 10 Jan 2020

It welcomes IS enemies being busy fighting each other, saying it distracts them away from “Muslims” and drains their energy which, it adds, benefits jihadists.
12:57 AM – 10 Jan 2020

It says, thanking God, U.S. and Iran are today busy targeting each other “indifferent to the impact it has on their mutual fight against the Islamic State”.
12:57 AM – 10 Jan 2020

Elsewhere in al-Naba, IS factually reports on U.S. suspension of its operations against IS in Iraq, and notes “European” concern about the impact it may have on empowering IS
12:57 AM – 10 Jan 2020

This is the typical position of jihadists in such situations: they gloat and pray that God weakens their enemies’ at the hands of one another, for the benefit of jihadists
12:57 AM – 10 Jan 2020


Though, generally in the press, jihadism is treated as being just a movement of some crazed Muslims, that common portrayal is a serious distortion of the reality, which goes back to 1744, when the fundamentalist Islamic cleric Muhammad ibn Abd al Wahhab signed a blood oath with the aspiring political leader and conqueror Muhammad ibn Saud, to form a new Islamic nation, starting in the desert of what now is Saudi Arabia. It was to be a fusion in which the laws come from God as based upon the Quran, and the government applies those laws, so that, in effect, the Quran is to become the constitution for Muslim countries. That’s Sharia Law — law derived from the Quran and from its expert interpreters as determined by the Wahhabist clergy. Wahhab hated Shiites and considered them to be the worst and most hypocritical fake Muslims, followers of distorters of the will of God as it had been expressed by God’s Prophet Mohammed in the Quran. Whereas in this new nation, the government would be ruled by descendants from Muhammad ibn Saud, the clergy would be followers of Muhammad ibn Wahhab. Part of their shared oath was to convert or kill all Shiites. This is the most extreme exclusionist version of Islam. In other countries than Saudi Arabia, it is known not as Wahhabism, but as Salafism, or ancestral Islam, because it is claimed to represent the purest interpretation of God’s laws. The greatest threat to it, in that view, is Shia Islam, which must be wiped out in order to then become enabled to take over the world for God by going after all other infidels.

On 9 June 2017, I headlined All Islamic Terrorism Is Perpetrated by Fundamentalist Sunnis, Except Terrorism Against Israel” and listed there the 54 most prominently reported instances of Islamic terrorism, from 11 September 2001 to then — a 16-year period — and all of them except for the ones that were directed against Israel, were by fundamentalist-Sunni groups. (Israel also was hit by some Sunni groups, but all other countries only by Sunni groups.) Not all of those terrorist groups were Wahhabist, but all were either Wahhabist or Salafist.

ISIS is the most extreme of all fundamentalist Sunni groups. One of its main differences from Al Qaeda is that whereas Al Qaeda leadership try to restrain their members from attacking Shiites, and aim to achieve as wide support from the world’s Muslims as they possibly can while still advancing the jihadist cause, there are no such restraints placed upon the followers of ISIS regarding Shiites, all of whom are instead to be treated as infidels, and either killed or else converted.

Iranian General Soleimani was among the leading, if not the very top, of all generals worldwide, leading the fight against ISIS, not only in Iraq, but as far away as in India. This is the reason why ISIS lauds what Trump did.



5 responses to “ISIS Applauds Trump’s Killing Soleimani”

  1. So wait, what?? We’re now working for ISIS?

  2. ISIS calls it “an act of god”. What god?. The god ISIS? The god of Muslims, or Sunnis? Since most people in our Christian churches think the US had a right to murder him, they must also think it is was approved by their “god”. The Iranians for the most part think the deed was the work of the devil – the great Satan in the guise of the USA.

    How about 9/11? Was that an act of the same god? The answer of all of the naive smoos of the West is that it was a heinous evil, justifying war on war against the hostile, oil-rich Muslim nations. Then when it is irrefutably shown that it was an inside job executed by the Mossad, the very same people then start looking for reasons to justify the deed. Few people of any faith or persuasion have any real integrity or even care about the truth when it comes to advancing their interests, and they will generally use the least excuse, or reason, to justify their own vilest deeds, plus those of any nation they are loyal to.

    With deeds like 9/11 false flags; fake WMD’s; the creation and utilization of terrorist and insurgency organizations like Al Qaeda and ISIS; the murder, devastation,& destruction of the lives of millions of people in places like Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen; the systematic destabilization and plundering of their nations mainly for oil; – if people in the US-led West were to be shown that their nations backed the US (and Israel) in all of these heinous exploits, would they still consider them heinous? Likely not. They would likely resort to some neocon justification, perhaps like one I unwisely subscribed to and spread some years ago just before the invasion of Iraq. The argument still works today with all of those running things, and not just the Rothschilds, the Zionists, the Masons, and neocons, but also I now feel with a number of higher prelates in my own Church. It has to do with depriving Muslims of their oil resources on the basis that they would use the wealth for their own expansion and advancement, and based on their history they are the least tolerant of peoples to be trusted with vast wealth. Enough said, but that kind of thought is all it takes to consciously neutralize hundreds of millions of people and even swing them into casting a blind eye to the truth and wrongness of the actions they directly or indirectly endorse.

    To justify the rightness and wrongness of actions, and even to infer the blessing of God on them, people most often are unduly influenced by the prospect of advancing their own interests, while ignoring the destructive consequences of their actions on others. Somewhere along the line our entire Western establishment, secular and Christian, decided that the spread of Islam, mainly by having more children than the world average, together with the fact that most of the oil reserves of the world were located in Muslim nations, that Islam was a dire threat. Hence, oil in their possession was a threat, and besides we wanted it. There is of course the fact that Islam has spread not just through procreation, and free proselytization, but also by a fierce intolerance and violence to people of other faiths. In this respect, it takes very little for even the highest prelates in various Christian denominations to generally ignore the means utilized to secure Middle East oil and gas reserves, “lest Islam gets even stronger”.

    But are any of the establishment honest, even with themselves? If you really believe in the Almighty, do not the means we use, have to conform to his will? Of course, only those with a truly God-fearing conscience will have any real qualms when it comes to using such means, and it unfortunately seems that they are very few. Certainly for true Christian believers such ends do not justify the hineous means, for this is not the way that the true God wants us to behave. Endless wars and slaughter, truthfully not so much because we fear the assendcay of some powerful Islamic resurgency and influence in world affairs, but rather because we say we “need” their oil, or will certainly need it in the future, and as for right now we “need” it to buttress the US petrodollar – those are our real justifications.

    The secular establishment of the West, who are behind these schemes for plunder and riches, do not give a fig about justifications of any sort for their deeds. They only require and utilize them in a sociopathic or pragmatic way so that the masses can justify their actions, and so that they do not interfere with them. The masses driving their vehicles everyday constitute the real demand for other people’s oil despite what they care to think about regarding the official narratives, and the task of the establishment and their jackals who do the wetwork, is to apply a veneer of camouflage paint over their crimes, sufficient enough to placate any mass moral sentiments. They only need the vaneer to last long enough until their next manufactured crisis or deception occupies the public consciousness.

    When the 9/11 the camouflage started to wear off, the Americans were fighting the war in Iraq (for oil) based on the deception of WMD’s. Like habitual or career criminals they go from crime to crime and never look back. There actions are similar to crooks running a ponzi scheme, always looking for new money and hoping the crumbling economic base beneath them never catches up.

  3. Isis was a creation by the West ( U.S.. Saudis, Israel ) as a controlled opposition to enable the west to (1) direct more violence and disturbance and diversion (2) to enable the west and western backed militias to attack as well as to cross over sovereign boundaries under the guise that the west was trying to annihilate them. In other words they were use as an excuse to invade Syria. Any televised footage of the U.S. bombing Isis positions were only done for effect and propaganda. Putin as well as Soleimani saw through this and they took great liberties in destroying the U.S. “Isis Enemy”………………actions the west really did not like. Obviously the Isis creation backfired to some extent. Soleimani ‘s actions against Isis was obviously self defense against invaders.

  4. The assassination of Soleimani was a mistake by the U.S. It might have already been used to bait Iran into a wider war. However trump did change his toon immediately after even after the Iranian missile attack on the U.S. base area. And this was probably a good thing. In any event while the U.S. was successful in killing a top Iranian military commander who was a military genius, his position will probably be filled with someone he has trained very well. The end result is the induction of even greater hate of the U.S.and Israel by Iran.

  5. “The Caliphate didn’t achieve the objectives that time has gone however the new IS will operate in the shadows thriving in the nooks and crannies of societal neglect where suicidal religious extremism can take hold and prosper, both in the ME and without. IS is a virus of the mind and soul the spread of which is virtually impossible to prevent so long as there is a host willing enough to embrace its message”
    Something about I don’t like Monday’s comes to mind. Anyway eurangloland it would be wise to make these people comfortable or you’ll be feeling David Byrne’s from talking heads, “Whistling wind”.
    Watch out for the MEK and Gulan`s Fwatwa lot from Turkey.

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