Boris Johnson brands Corbyn ‘naive to the point of dangerous’ over al-Baghdadi comments

13 November 2019, 18:01 | Updated: 13 November 2019, 21:34

Boris Johnson has responded to Jeremy Corbyn's comments about Isis leader ABu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Boris Johnson has responded to Jeremy Corbyn's comments about Isis leader ABu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

Boris Johnson has branded Jeremy Corbyn ‘naive to the point of dangerous’ after the Labour leader said Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi should have been “arrested and put on trial”.

Earlier this afternoon, Mr Corbyn told LBC News that the terror mastermind should have been taken into custody as it would have been "the right thing to do".

But speaking at a press conference, the prime minister said: “You’ve got to be realistic about the threats this country faces - whether that’s from Iran, Russia or international terrorism from ISIS.

“Let’s make no bones about it, al-Baghdadi was absolutely a diabolic foe of this country and of our liberal values and was responsible for untold murders.

“I don’t think it’s realistic that he could be just apprehended by the police in the circumstances he was finally run to ground.

When asked of his opinion about Mr Corbyn's comments: “I think his approach is naïve, and naïve to the point of being dangerous.”

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a US-led military operation in Syria
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a US-led military operation in Syria. Picture: PA

US President Donald Trump claimed a major US victory after al-Baghdadi died in an operation in Syria.

Mr Trump said he blew himself up in an ‘impeccable’ operation that took around two hours at a compound in Idlib province in October.

When asked for his thoughts about the raid, Mr Corbyn told LBC News: “If we preach international law and international legal process through the International Court of Justice in The Hague, then we should carry it out.

“If it’s possible to arrest somebody and put them on trial, then that is what should have been done, and that is what I said about the death in 2011 and it will continue to be my principle.

“If we believe, as we do, in international law and justice, and the power of the International Court of Justice, then we should do everything we can to bring people where they deserve to go on trial to be put on trial, as was Milošević.”

Mr Corbyn has previously come under fire for saying he thought echo similar ones he made about the 2011 killing of Al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden.

He came under fire in 2015 after saying he thought it was a "tragedy" Bin Laden was killed by US forces as he thought he should have been captured and put on trial.

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