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Thursday, 15 March 2007

Blair refuses to apologise for Iraq war, four years on

Prime Monster Tony Bliar refused Thursday to apologise for the Iraq invasion, insisting the country is not at civil war despite mounting violence nearly four years after the 2003 conflict.

In a television interview days before the March 20 anniversary of the US-led invasion, he insisted that deposing Saddam Hussein was justified.

"I do not either regret the strength of our alliance with the US or standing by the US president and the American people in the aftermath of September 11 and I'm never going to do that," he told Sky News.

He was speaking as car bombs and shootings claimed 26 lives and the US military announced the deaths of five more troops, in the latest day of bloody violence in Iraq.

"It's a tragedy that so many have lost their lives. But they have not lost their lives because we have been trying to do the wrong thing in Iraq... We've been trying to do the right thing."

In the live interview, Blair refused to say sorry for the 2003 war, saying he had no regrets about supporting US President George W. Bush over the invasion of Iraq. And he insisted that the country was not caught in a civil war, despite the mounting daily death toll.