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    Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said that US-led intervention to Iraq in 2003 contributed to the rise of ISIL.

    Tony Blair: Invasion of Iraq Contributed to Rise of ISIL

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    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)

    Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said that US-led intervention to Iraq in 2003 contributed to the rise of ISIL.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US-led intervention to Iraq in 2003 contributed to the rise of the Islamic State (ISIL) militant group, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair told CNN in the interview that is expected to be revealed on Sunday.

    “I think there are elements of truth in that. Of course you can’t say those of us who removed [former Iraqi leader] Saddam [Hussein] in 2003 bear no responsibility for the situation in 2015,” Blair said in the interview, answering the question on whether he thought invasion of Iraq led to the rise of the ISIL, as quoted by The Telegraph newspaper.

    Blair added that he apologized for “wrong” intelligence and poor planning of the conflict details. However he refused to apologize for ousting Hussein from power.

    The United Kingdom was part of a US-led coalition that invaded Iraq in 2003, without a UN mandate, after falsely accusing Hussein of possessing weapons of mass destruction

    ISIL is an extremist group that occupies large areas of Iraq and Syria and seeks to establish a caliphate ruled by strict Sharia law on the territory under its control. The group has affiliates operating in other countries, including Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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    • Robert
      It's too late for all of it now.
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      ok so the guy admits responsibility for 2015, he should go directly to jail.
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      This guy should be handed in Central Picadilly in London, he is a big crook.
      Him and Bush are criminals and the only politics they did is to have full pocket money.
      This guys should be in jail from day 1 of invasion ok Iraq.
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      No surprise. This was predicted by none other than Dick Cheney years prior. Destabilizing the middle east is what the goal was, so these bandits could go in an steal land and resources under it. Israel expansion project just happens to be underway as well. Why is it that ISRAEL is never mentioned when the goal is to provide Israel more stolen nations while everyone is looking at the latest false flag.
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      So now the Clinton, Bush, Blair foundation believe the world is truly forgiving, and if they simply say sorry for feeding our diplomats (Benghazi), ground and air troops to a band of mercenery muslims and others whom they created. We the population should just button our lips and say we forgive.

      Hang them all like they did to Hussein and bury them in an unmarked grave.
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      Justice must be done!

      All the money and the properties of the CRIMINAL politicians responsible for the ILLEGAL invasion of Iraq (Blair, Bush, Powell, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, etc ) and the destruction of Syria and Libya (Obama, Cameron, Sarko, Hollande, Fabius, etc) - should be confiscated by the state.

      Their wealth should be used to finance the shelters for hundreds of thousands of Iraqi, Libyan and Syrian refugees (asylum seekers) who came in Europe.
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      Neil McGowan
      Why is this filth Blair still at large? If the criminal justice system in Broken Britain is so useless, and will not do its job - then it's time that Blair was hauled in and publicly lynched, along with his witchy-poo wife.
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