FURY OVER CORBYN ISIS CHIEF GAFFE
Terror mastermind slaughtered thousands... and blew himself up with two children. Yet Labour leader says he should only have been ‘arrested’
JEREMY Corbyn was branded ‘naive to the point of being dangerous’ last night for questioning the killing of the world’s most wanted terrorist.
In an astonishing intervention, he said that arresting Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi would have been ‘the right thing to do’.
This is despite the Islamic State chief having detonated a suicide vest when US special forces cornered him last month.
His comments, in which he questioned the American account of the raid, provoked ridicule from military and security experts.
It capped a day of disaster for Labour in which:
Mr Corbyn flip-flopped over his stance on a second Scottish independence referendum;
Shadow cabinet ministers squabbled in public over whether
their plan for a four- day week would apply to the NHS;
Senior figures questioned the party’s plans to ‘extend free movement’ amid Tory claims it could lead to immigration trebling;
Experts said income tax plans announced by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell would mean 1.3million people paying more;
The centre-left Resolution Foundation think-tank said families and businesses could pay £60billion more in tax under Labour’s plans compared with those of the Conservatives.
Arriving in Glasgow at the start of a two-day tour of Scotland, Mr Corbyn was heckled and labelled a ‘terrorist sympathiser’ by a Church of Scotland minister over his past associations with supporters of the groups Hamas and Hezbollah.
Asked by LBC Radio whether the death of Al-Baghdadi was a good thing, Mr Corbyn replied: ‘Him being removed from the scene is a very good thing.
‘If it would have been possible to arrest him – I don’t know the details of the circumstances at the time, I’ve only seen various statements put out by the US about it – surely that would have been the right thing to do. If we want to live in a world of peace and justice, we should practise it as well.’
Boris Johnson condemned the Labour leader’s remarks, saying: ‘Al-Baghdadi was an absolutely diabolical foe of this country.
‘I do not think it is realistic to suggest he could just be apprehended by the police in the circumstances in which he was finally run to ground. I think his approach
‘Impossible to take him seriously’
is naïve, it is naive to the point of being dangerous.’
Lord West, a retired admiral and former Labour security minister, said it would have been impracticable to capture the terror chief.
‘These people live by the sword and die by the sword,’ he added.
Colonel Richard Kemp, who commanded coalition forces in Afghanistan, said the idea of Mr Corbyn in Downing Street would be ‘horrific from the point of view of national security’.
He added: ‘It is impossible to take such a person seriously. Why didn’t he volunteer to go to Syria to effect an arrest himself? He only advocates unnecessary danger for others, never himself.’
John Mann, a former Labour MP who is now a peer, tweeted: ‘Baghdadi blew himself up with a suicide belt. An arrest might have been slightly difficult in these circumstances.’
Al-Baghdadi, who was responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocents, blew himself and two children up when he detonated his suicide vest.
Donald Trump boasted that he ‘died like a dog’ and was ‘whimpering, crying and screaming’ as he ran down a tunnel in northern Syria. US soldiers were pursuing him following a fierce firefight.
While Mr Corbyn was in Scotland, senior Labour figures descended into infighting over vital policies. Mr McDonnell and Jon Ashworth, the party’s health spokesman, directly contradicted each other over plans to introduce a four-day week. Mr Ashworth declared that