Daesh was created by West’s interventions in ME: Corbyn

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of Britain’s Labour Party (AFP)

The new leader of Britain’s Labour Party has held the West accountable for the rise of the Daesh Takfiri group in the Middle East.

“ISIS (Daesh) did not come from nowhere. They have got a lot of money that's come from somewhere… They've got a huge supply of arms that have come from somewhere,” Jeremy Corbyn told online news portal The Middle East Eye on Friday, adding that the Takfiri terrorist group was “a creation of Western interventions in the region.”

He referred to Saudi Arabia’s support for Daesh terrorists, saying that British officials should recognize that “the vast amount of arms that we have sold – particularly to Saudi Arabia – end up somewhere and those are now being used.”

The party leader further dismissed the US-led coalition allegedly targeting the positions of Daesh terrorists in Syria, saying London’s participation in the airstrikes against the Arab country is “legally questionable.”

Takfiri terrorists hold a position near the frontline in the al-Zahra area on the outskirts of the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo, August 24, 2015. (AFP)

“If we go into a bombing campaign, people are going to die; people are going to be injured. There may well not be a solution to the whole problem as a result,” he said, adding, “Bombing by the West in Syria now would create more mayhem.”

Corbyn also criticized the British government for following the policies of the US in the region, urging Britain to become “a force for human rights rather than military interventions around the world.”

“We make ourselves safer by not being part of US foreign policy at every single turn… We make ourselves safer by saying we understand the diversity of faith and diversity of aspirations around the world,” he stated.

Since September 2014, the US, along with some of its allies, has been conducting airstrikes against purported Daesh targets inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

The airstrikes in Syria are an extension of the US-led aerial campaign against alleged Daesh positions in Iraq, which started in August 2014. Many have criticized the ineffectiveness of the raids.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011 with reports saying some 250,000 people have been killed in the conflict.


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