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Watch: Corbyn says it was right to arrest Isis leader, not kill him

Watch: Corbyn says it was right to arrest Isis leader, not kill him
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After being heckled and called a 'terrorist sympathiser' when he was out campaigning in Glasgow today, Jeremy Corbyn was presumably hoping for an easier time once he escaped the crowds outside.

Unfortunately though, the Labour leader proved this afternoon that he is more than capable of causing his own gaffes. In a later interview with LBC, Corbyn was reminded of the time he said it was a 'tragedy' that Osama bin Laden had been killed by US special forces in 2011, rather than arrested and tried. Corbyn was then asked if he believed the same about the Isis leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was assassinated by the US last month.

In response, Corbyn reaffirmed his belief and said that if it was possible to arrest the Isis leader, that would have been the 'right thing to do'. Presumably Corbyn thought US troops should have attempted to put handcuffs on al-Baghdadi before he blew himself up...

Watch here:

https://twitter.com/LBC/status/1194617193906024448

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