Blasts rock Baghdad killing 56

Car bombs and a suicide blast hit Shi'ite districts of Iraq's capital Baghdad killing at least 50 people, according to police and hospital sources.

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Tony Blair: Iraq 'would have been worse than Syria'

Tony Blair has said that an Iraqi uprising would have been, "worse than Syria" if the UK had not intervened in the country.

Speaking to the BBC the former prime Minister said: "How can you regret removing a monster who created enormous carnage."

File photo of then Prime Minister Tony Blair meeting troops in the port of Umm Qasr. in March 2003
File photo of then Prime Minister Tony Blair meeting troops in the port of Umm Qasr. in March 2003 Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Mr Blair told the BBC's Norman Smith that, had troops not invaded Iraq, "without any doubt at all there would have been a move to topple him".

"I certainly think that if Saddam had still been in power, it's true there would have been, probably, an uprising amongst his people," he said.

"But I think it would look a lot more like Syria and probably a lot worse than Syria."

ITV News Index: Britain was wrong to join Iraq war

Ten years on from the start of the Iraq war, an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes appears to show that that just one in five adults in the UK think that Britain was right to take part, while almost three times as many say that it was wrong to do so.

  • Right to take part: 20%
  • Wrong to take part: 58%
  • Dont know: 22%

Strong doubts also remain over the motivations behind the Iraq war.

  • 57% think Tony Blair deliberately lied about the threat of Iraq stockpiling weapons of mass destruction
  • 59% disagree with those who claim that it doesn't matter that no weapons of mass destruction were found.

Read more: Blair: "No planning could have prepared us for Iraq"

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