‘You try to capture that person…’ Jeremy Corbyn refuses SIX times to say whether he would authorise troops to kill terror chiefs
- Jeremy Corbyn was asked repeatedly if he would sanction an operation if British intelligence identified the new leader of Islamic State
- He told BBC’s Andrew Neil that if it was possible they should be captured, but if not then he would have to ‘take the appropriate decisions at that time’
- Earlier this month he came under fire after he said it would have been the ‘right thing’ to arrest former IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
The Labour leader last night refused six times to say whether he would order special forces to kill a terror chief.
Jeremy Corbyn was asked repeatedly if he would sanction an operation if British intelligence identified the new leader of Islamic State.
He said if it was possible they should be captured, but if not then he would have to ‘take the appropriate decisions at that time’.
Mr Corbyn was then challenged about what he would order British troops to do if the terrorist was wearing a suicide vest – but again could not say that he would sanction lethal force.
Earlier this month he came under fire after he said it would have been the ‘right thing’ to arrest former IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest during a US military operation in Syria last month.
Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a BBC interview with Andrew Neil on Tuesday night. He refused six times to say whether he would order special forces to kill a terror chief
The BBC’s Andrew Neil said: ‘Our intelligence services say that our special forces have located the new leader of ISIS in their sights, we can get them. Do you give the go ahead to take them?’
Mr Corbyn responded: ‘Let’s find out what the situation is at that moment in time and what I’ve said all along is we practice international law.
‘We stand by it and abide by international law and if it is possible, only if it’s possible, then you try to capture that person…’
Mr Neil pushed him: ‘How do you arrest somebody in hostile territory, surrounded by armed killers wearing a suicide vest?’
‘I said if it is possible. But let’s look at it in a serious way also’, he responded.
Asked if it’s not possible would he give the go-ahead to take them out, he said: ‘Can I say I would take the appropriate decisions at that time when I knew the circumstances.’
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appearing for the first time in five years in April in a propaganda video. He died when US special forces stormed his compound in Syria last month
Put to him that people did not think he would do it, he said that the UK should look at who funded IS.
Mr Neil also hammered the Labour leader over his record on national security issues.
He said: ‘I mean people look at you and your record and what you’ve stood for and they think, why does he always give Britain’s enemies the benefit of the doubt? Galtieri in the Falklands, to Mr Putin when the Kremlin was trying to kill people in Salisbury.
‘You rarely have a good word to say for our allies. You’ve no time for Nato, the alliance that’s kept us safe. Why would you – why should people trust you to defend our national interest?’
Mr Corbyn said the greatest problems facing Britain were climate change and cyber security.
JEREMY CORBYN’S FOUR REFUSALS TO APOLOGISE OVER ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE LABOUR PARTY
Andrew Neil: Many Jews, 80 per cent of Jews, think that you’re anti-Semitic. That’s quite a lot of British Jews. I mean, wouldn’t you like to take this opportunity tonight to apologise to the British Jewish community for what’s happened?
Jeremy Corbyn: What I’ll say is this. I am determined that our society will be safe for people of all faiths. I don’t want anyone to be feeling insecure in our society – and our government will protect every community…
AN: So no apology?
JC: …against the abuse they receive, on the streets, on the trains or in any…
AN: So no apology for how you’ve handled this?
JC: …or any other form of life.
AN: Try one more time. No apology?
JC: No, hang on a minute Andrew, can I explain what we’re trying to do?
AN: You have and you’ve been given plenty of time to do that. I asked you if you wanted to apologise and you haven’t.
JC: Andrew, I don’t want anyone to go through what anyone has gone through…
AN: And you’ve said that several times. I understand that, Mr Corbyn, I was asking you about an apology. Let’s move on to Brexit…
JC: Well hang on, can I just make it clear. Racism in our society is a total poison.
AN: You’ve said that several times. So you know we get that. I’m not arguing about that.
JC: Be it Islamophobia, anti-Semitism or…
AN: And you’ve said that too. Let’s move on to Brexit.
JC: …any other form of racism. And I want to work with every community to make sure it’s eliminated. That is what my whole life has been about.
AN: You made that clear and people will make up their own minds. Let’s move on to Brexit.