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UK army probes Corbyn target practice video

Ministry of Defense calls incident of soldiers using picture of opposition leader for target practice 'totally unacceptable'

Ahmet Gurhan Kartal   | 03.04.2019
UK army probes Corbyn target practice video

LONDON

Britain’s Ministry of Defense has launched an investigation into a social media video showing soldiers using a picture of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for target practice.

The ministry said the incident was "totally unacceptable," according to a report by local Sky News.

“We are aware of a video circulating on social media, this behavior is totally unacceptable and falls well below the high standards the Army expects,” an army spokesman said.

“A full investigation has been launched,” he added.

The video has sparked outrage, and many social media users slammed the video, coming in the wake of the 2016 murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by far-right killer Thomas Mair and a foiled 2017 plot to murder Rosie Cooper, another Labour MP.

Corbyn has not been a popular figure for some army circles due to his views on Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War and army practices in Northern Ireland during the Troubles – a violent period when more than 3,500 people were killed in sectarian violence.

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