Ter­ror mas­ter­mind slaugh­tered thou­sands... and blew him­self up with two chil­dren. Yet Labour leader says he should only have been ‘ar­rested’

Daily Mail - - Front Page - By Larisa Brown, Jack Doyle and Ja­son Groves

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

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