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Britain's Boris Johnson jokes about dead bodies in Libya

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 00:44

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quipped on Tuesday that Libya could be the next Dubai if they ''clear the dead bodies away''. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Johnson quipped to Conservative Party members on Tuesday (October 3) that the Libyan city of Sirte could be turned into the next Dubai by British investors if they could clear the dead bodies away. It is the latest gaffe by Britain's top diplomat, who has offended some allies with flippant remarks. Britain and France took a leading role in the attacks that helped rebels overthrow Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country has since descended into chaos, with thousands of casualties. The Islamic State militant group took over Sirte in early 2015, turning it into their most important base outside the Middle East and attracting large numbers of foreign fighters into the city. It was later cleared of the militants. In a series of late night posts on Twitter, Johnson said he was referring to the clearing of booby-trapped bodies of Islamic State militant fighters, known by some as Daesh. The opposition Labour Party's spokeswoman for foreign affairs, Emily Thornberry, said Johnson's joke was shameful and questioned whether May would take any action to reprimand him.

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Britain's Boris Johnson jokes about dead bodies in Libya

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 00:44