LONDON (Web Desk) – Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has finally apologized for becoming part of Iraq War, saying that false intelligence information was utilized to justify the toppling of Saddam Hussain’s regime.
In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, which is due to be telecast on Sunday, Blair said that he was responsible of something that gave rise to Islamic State (ISIS) in the region of Iraq and Syria.
Former UK premier also expressed regret over the failure to plan properly for the consequences of toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003.
He told CNN “I apologize for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong, I also apologize for some of the mistakes in planning and, certainly, our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime.”
When he was asked the reason behind birth of ISIS, Blair said the Iraq war was the principal cause of the rise of Islamic State.
He further added that those who removed Saddam Hussain in 2003 are responsible for the situation being faced by world in 2015 in the shape of Islamic State.
According to a separate report a spokeswoman for the former UK prime minister said “Tony Blair has always apologized for the intelligence being wrong and for mistakes in planning. He has always also said, and says again here, that he does not however think it was wrong to remove Saddam.”