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British opposition leader calls for ‘political solution’ to Syria crisis

LONDON: Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party in London and an opponent of all the recent Western military interventions in the Middle East, said that further air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) in Syria would make little difference.

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There had to be a political solution, he said.

Does the bombing change it [the threat from Isis]? Probably not. The idea has to be surely a political settlement in Syria.

He said, “We have to be careful. One war doesn’t necessarily bring about peace, it often can bring yet more conflicts, more mayhem and more loss …”

I am not saying ‘sit round the table with Isis’, I am saying bring about a political settlement in Syria which will help then to bring some kind of unity government – technical government – in Syria.

He also said questions needed to be asked about who was funding Isis, and what role Saudi Arabia was playing.

He criticised the British media for paying too little attention to recent terror attacks in Turkey and in Lebanon.

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