No evidence whatsoever was presented, and both Moscow and Iran denied the reports. And while some commenters online took the claims as true, some saw poetic justice in the development or seized the opportunity to declare Russian weapons old junk.
— IMRAN™ (@ImranAnwar) October 8, 2015
Some were surprised to learn new things about the geography of the Middle East and the location of the Caspian Sea, from which Russia shot a barrage of cruise missiles on Wednesday.
— Larry Johnson (@LarryCJohnson) October 8, 2015
But those more skeptical demanded more evidence than just the words of American officials who wouldn’t even let their names be published…
…especially considering America’s bad track in providing accurate intelligence on the region, when the Bush administration was pushing for a war on Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
— Tinker (@DamonMercy) October 8, 2015
Some asked why didn’t Iran confirm the reports, being the party taking the alleged damage here.
@SkyNews I believe Iran has there own information ministry or is the US now speaking for Iran?
— Helsone (@abes45) October 9, 2015
And lampooned the media reporting the allegations.
— HISTROIKA (@HISTROIKA) October 9, 2015
Or reminded them of America’s confirmed blunders during its own airstrikes.