Abd al-Mahdi's comments were widely criticized by bloggers, while others have commented on the prime minister's remarks ironically. Activists have circulated a map with the name Argentina as the name of Iran. Others ask: "Does Abd al-Mahdi have the courage to say that all the destruction and suffering of Iraq is sourced by a bad neighbor of Iran?"
"The Islamic Republic of Argentina," says Abdullah al-Iraqi.
Abu Farah wrote: "Thank you to Argentina, Arsal, Syria and etc for delivering the goods (drugs) …"
"Down with Messi the drug smuggler," says Abdelkrim Ali.
Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi said during his weekly conference held at the government headquarters in Baghdad that the way drugs are moved into Iraq "is very long," adding that they are transferred from Argentina to Arsal, then to Syria, and end up in Iraqi territory.