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Terror victim blasts Corbyn over al-Baghdadi row saying troops MUST be put first and 'not the wellbeing of jihadis'

A WESTMINSTER terror attack victim has blasted Jeremy Corbyn for his controversial comments about ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – saying troops must be put first rather than "the well being" of terrorists.

It comes after the Labour boss sparked outrage when he said detaining murderous ISIS ringleader al-Baghdadi would have been the "right thing to do".

The jihadist blew up himself and his three kids with a suicide vest before US soldiers could get to him in a raid last month.

The Labour boss insisted "him being removed from the scene is a very good thing" but said the "right thing to do" would have been to put him before the International Criminal Court.

Reacting to that today Travis Frain, one of the survivors of the Westminster Bridge terror attack in March 2017, said he would "not feel confident" that Mr Corbyn would protect the safety of the country.

He told LBC: "It's been an extremely dangerous operation. Surely first and foremost the concern has to be with the troops that we're putting on the ground.

"Surely, the priority first and foremost should be (the troops) well-being rather than the well-being of the people we are trying to capture and kill."

He said he "wouldn't be confident" that Mr Corbyn would protect the "safety of the nation".

He added: "I think, as with many people, I have a problem with a lot of the things Jeremy Corbyn says."

Mr Corbyn had been widely condemned for his silence on al-Baghdadi, who died last month after last month's US operation cornered him in a tunnel in his bunker in northwest Syria.

But speaking about it yesterday in an interview on LBC radio the Labour boss insisted the "right thing to do" would have been to put him before the International Criminal Court.

Mr Corbyn said: "If it would have been possible to arrest him, I don't know the details of the circumstances at the time.

"I have only seen various statements put out by the US about it, surely that would have been the right thing to do."

The comments triggered outrage last night and they echoed comments he made in 2011 when he described the US killing of Osama bin Laden as a "tragedy".

Jeremy Corbyn: Bin Laden death was a tragedy

JEREMY Corbyn has a long history of criticising the treatment of terrorists, most famously the world’s previously most wanted man — Osama bin Laden.

He told Iranian TV soon after US special forces killed the 9/11 mastermind in 2011 that he should have been put on trial.

In 1984 he hosted Linda Quigley and Gerard McLoughlin in Parliament, despite both being convicted of IRA terrorism.

Two years later he was arrested for protesting outside the Old Bailey trial of Brighton bomber Patrick Magee. And in 2000 Mr Corbyn shared a platform with Brendan McKenna, who was jailed for a bombing in Portadown during the Troubles.

In 2010 Mr Corbyn boasted of having a take-away with Hamas boss Khaled Mashal, who has urged jihadis to use knives and cars to slaughter innocents.

More recently he ­attended a wreath-laying ceremony for the Palestinian terrorists behind the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. And he has also said the Islamist Palestinian group Hamas, whose militant wing is classed as a terror group, are his friends.

Boris Johnson said his latest comments exposed how Mr Corbyn's ignorance would endanger Britain's national security if he ever got into No10.

Speaking on the campaign trail in Coventry last night, the PM warned: "Al-Baghdadi was an absolute diabolical foe of this country, of our liberal values, everything we believe in and support.

"I think his [Mr Corbyn's] approach is naive and it is naive to the point of being dangerous."

Former Labour MP John Mann fumed: "Baghdadi blew himself up with a suicide belt. An arrest might have been slightly difficult in these circumstances."

Security Minister Brandon Lewis accused Mr Corbyn of "flawed judgment" and an "inability to stand up to people who reject our values".

He stormed: "Every time he is given the opportunity to take the side of this country's enemies he does so."

In the interview yesterday Mr Corbyn claimed his views on arresting terrorists like al-Baghdadi and Bin Laden were consistent.

He said: "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 [of Bin Laden] in 2011 and it would 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 everything we can to bring people, where they deserve to go trial, to be put on trial as was [Slobodan] Milosevic and others."

The controversial comments came after he was heckled when getting off the Labour battle bus for his first stop of a two-day trip to Scotland yesterday.

A church minister – a Brexit supporter who it later emerged is known for controversial comments – asked Mr Corbyn: "Do you think the man that’s going to be prime minister of this country should be a terrorist sympathiser, Mr Corbyn?"

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