Tony Blair: 'We didn't cause Iraq crisis'
The 2003 invasion of Iraq is not to blame for the violent insurgency now gripping the country, former UK prime minister Tony Blair has said.
He told the BBC there would still be a "major problem" in Iraq even without the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
He insisted the current crisis was an issue that "affects us all" and urged more western intervention in the area.
Critics have rejected the comments as "bizarre" with one accusing Mr Blair of "washing his hands of responsibility".