Corbyn Says ‘No’ To Syria Airstrikes

Jeremy Corbyn has written to Labour MPs to say that he cannot back David Cameron’s proposals for airstrikes in Syria.

The Labour leader said while he is “determined to see the defeat” of Islamic State, “the issue now is whether what the Prime Minister is proposing strengthens, or undermines, our national security”.

In his letter to MPs, he added: “I do not believe that the Prime Minister today made a convincing case that extending UK bombing to Syria would meet that crucial test.”

“Nor did it satisfactorily answer the questions raised by us and the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.”

“In particular, the Prime Minister did not set out a coherent strategy, coordinated through the United Nations, for the defeat of ISIS.”

“Nor has he been able to explain what credible and acceptable ground forces could retake and hold territory freed from ISIS control by an intensified air campaign.”

Sources: Sky News and BBC News.



  1. I think that Jeremy Corbyn is right. Bombardment of ISIS targets has not been ineffective so far. The better route to take is trace who is arming ISIS, where ISIS are selling their oil and to whom and take sanctions against them. Choke the flow of money and armaments should be the first target, military action should always be the last resort.

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    1. I could not agree more. A bombing campaign will kill many more innocent people. The use of force should only be when there is no other option. The use of force, in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya for instance, has not improved anything. A change of strategy needs to happen to end a cycle of murder and violence.

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