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    Jeremy Corbyn: ISIL is Result of Western Meddling in Middle East

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    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)

    The head of the UK's Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has once again risked coming under fire from his political opponents when he shamed both the UK and the US for the rapid emergence of the Islamic State in the Middle East.

    The opposition leader claimed that a phenomenon such as ISIL couldn’t “come from nowhere,” stressing the West is responsible to some extent for the present state of affairs in Syria, according to Alalam.

    “They [ISIL militants] have got a lot of money that’s come from somewhere. They’ve got a huge supply of arms that have come from somewhere. They are – not in total, but in part – a creation of Western interventions in the region,” he said.

    He also condemned the plans of the US-led coalition to carry out new air attacks in Syria, noting that the consequences of such a venture would be unpredictable. Moreover, the prospects of the anti-Assad military campaign's success were unclear when it was launched in 2013, Corbyn pointed out.

    According to politician, the West should take some immediate steps towards resolving the Syrian crisis and defeating ISIL.

    First of all, Western countries need to admit they have sold huge amounts of military equipment to Middle Eastern states like Saudi Arabia, which eventually got in the hands of the militants. Secondly, the world powers have to strengthen the positions of regional groups such as the Kurds by providing them with territorial autonomy. However, the most important step, in Corbyn’s opinion, is to attempt to cut the flows of financing coming to jihadists from around the world.

    Corbyn concluded by saying that Britain shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the flaws of US policy and act more independently within the global political arena. It's also better for the UK to refrain from trying to solve all the problems with the use of military hardware, he added.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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