Anger as Corbyn links foreign policy to terror attacks

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Jeremy Corbyn has faced a barrage of criticism after he used the resumption of campaigning in the wake of the Manchester bombing to blame UK foreign policy for terror attacks. reports citing SkyNews.

The Labour leader argued the "war on terror" was not working and pledged a government led by him would take a different approach "that fights rather than fuels terrorism".

Mr Corbyn stressed the link between foreign policy and terrorism could not "remotely excuse" the actions of terrorists such as Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi.

However, his comments so soon after Monday's atrocity have sparked an angry response from opponents and some members of his own party.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called the remarks "absolutely monstrous", while Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon told Sky News the speech was "ill-judged".

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron accused Mr Corbyn of trying to use the "grotesque act to make a political point", while Labour veteran Mike Gapes, a former chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, said Islamic State terrorists "hate us for what we are", not "for what we do".

Mr Corbyn did not answer questions following his carefully worded speech in which he said that troops deployed on the streets following the Manchester attack was a "stark reminder" that the "war on terror" was failing.

He said: "Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home.

"That assessment in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children. Those terrorists will forever be reviled and held to account for their actions.

"But an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people that fights rather than fuels terrorism."

Mr Corbyn, who opposed Britain's military involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria, said Labour would "change what we do abroad" if it won power.

In an apparent response to the criticism he has faced over his speech, Mr Corbyn said the arguments should be heard "without impugning anyone's patriotism".

Mr Johnson said the Labour leader's position was "absolutely extraordinary and inexplicable in this week of all weeks that there should be any attempt to justify or to legitimate the actions of terrorists in this way".

2017.05.26 / 20:59
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