Cor­byn won’t say if he’d or­der at­tack

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JEREMY Cor­byn yes­ter­day re­fused to say if he would have or­dered the drone strike that killed ‘White Widow’ Sally Jones.

The Labour leader said ter­ror sus­pects should face trial in­stead and in­sisted he would want to know all the facts be­fore or­der­ing a strike.

Asked if he would have or­dered this drone strike, Mr Cor­byn, for­mer chairman of the Stop The War coali­tion, said it was a ‘dif­fi­cult to give an an­swer’ to a ‘hy­po­thet­i­cal’ ques­tion.

‘I think we have to look at very care­fully the ef­fects on the civil­ian pop­u­la­tion of any bomb­ing … be­fore such a de­ci­sion is made,’ he told ITV News. Asked if he would have pre­ferred to see Jones pros­e­cuted, he said: ‘I think peo­ple who have com­mit­ted crimes ought to be put on trial … when you in­ter­ro­gate some­one you get more information about the back­ground to it.’

Mr Cor­byn said the UK must ‘bring ev­ery­one back around the ta­ble to get a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion be­cause we can­not go on with hav­ing a war’.

De­fence Sec­re­tary Sir Michael Fallon said: ‘Cor­byn’s con­tin­ued re­fusal to back drone strikes on ter­ror­ists who are ac­tively plot­ting mur­der on our streets shows he is sim­ply not fit to lead and keep us safe.’

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