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Peter Brierley: Blair should be tried as a war criminal

Peter Brierley says he is unconvinced by Tony Blair's apology Credit: ITV News

The father of a soldier killed in the war in Iraq says that former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, should be tried as a war criminal for his role in the conflict.

Peter Brierley, from Batley, West Yorkshire, whose son, Lance Corporal Shaun Brierley, died in 2003, believes Blair is trying to head off criticism of his handling of the conflict.

It is something we've been waiting to hear. But unfortunately I don't believe he's actually sorry. They weren't misled. He knew exactly what was going on. He's more sorry about the fact things are going to start coming out now from the Chilcot inquiry.

– Peter Brierley

Brierley has previously confronted Tony Blair, accusing him of having blood on his hands from his role in the conflict.

Lance Corporal Shaun Brierley died in Iraq in 2003 Credit: ITV News

I believed everything that he said up to three or four months after Shaun died. But as things have gone on and on, he obviously for his own legacy decided 12 months before that he was going to war

– Peter Brierley

The former Prime Minister has conceded there are "elements of truth" to the accusation the Iraq War led to the rise of Islamic State, as he once again defended the 2003 invasion.

He also apologised "for some of the mistakes" made in respect to the war, which led to the toppling of Saddam Hussein.

Tony Blair has apologised for aspects of the Iraq war in US TV interview Credit: Press Association

In an interview with CNN, Mr Blair expressed regret over false intelligence suggesting the country had weapons of mass destruction, which was used as a justification for the action.

He also conceded there was a failure to adequately plan for the aftermath of the war.

I apologise for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong.

I also apologise for some of the mistakes in planning and, certainly, our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime.

– Tony Blair

But he insisted: "I find hard to apologise for removing Saddam. I think, even from today in 2015, it is better that he's not there than that he is there".

A spokeswoman for Mr Blair insisted he had said nothing that had not been "said before".

Tony Blair has always apologised 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.

He did not say the decision to remove Saddam in 2003 'caused ISIS' and pointed out that ISIS was barely heard of at the end of 2008, when al Qaida was basically beaten.

All of this he has said before.

– Spokesperson for Tony Blair

The families of soldiers killed during the conflict have threatened legal action if the long-delayed Chilcot Inquiry is not released soon.