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Jeremy Corbyn criticised after comparing Islamic State atrocities with US military actions

The interview with Russia Today was recorded back in 2014. Credit: Russia Today

Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire for appearing to compare Islamic State atrocities to actions by the US military in Iraq.

The Labour leadership frontrunner made the comparison in an interview with Russia Today in June 2014.

Yes, they [IS forces] are brutal, yes some of what they've done is quite appalling - likewise what the Americans did in Fallujah and other places is appalling," Corbyn said.

Video courtesy of Russia Today

Corbyn's comment about Fallujah is likely a reference to US military operations there in 2004 in which as many as 800 Iraqis, the vast majority of them civilians, were killed.

Corbyn's interview re-emerged after it was tweeted by John McTernan, a former Labour party adviser.

McTernan told ITV News: "Nobody in Britain is going to vote for a man who believes that sort of thing."

A spokeswoman for Cobyn defended his comments.

Jeremy Corbyn believes the violent ideology of Isis is a vicious, repugnant force that has to be stopped - where Jeremy Corbyn talks about the need for a political solution and compromise he means not with Isis but against Isis, working across the region and beyond to choke off supplies that help fund and arm them and working with neighbouring states in the region to come to common solutions.

– Corbyn spokeswoman

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