(Muslim Press) - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has once again apologized for certain aspects of the 2003 Iraq invasion, adding erroneous intelligence led to the decision.In an interview with CNN, Tony Blair insisted he still did not regret the ousting of Iraq’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, as he expressed remorse over intelligence failings and planning mistakes. " I apologise for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong, " Blair said. " 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. " " I find it 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, " he added. He admitted that there were “elements of truth” to the argument that the US and Britain - backed invasion of Iraq has led to the rise ofISISterrorist group in Syria and Iraq. " Of course, you can ' t say that those of us who removed Saddam in 2003 bear no responsibility for the situation in 2015, " he said. " But it ' s important also to realise, one, that the Arab Spring which began in 2011 would also have had its impact on Iraq today, and two, ISIS actually came to prominence from a base in Syria and not in Iraq. "Recommended:Who must be killed to defeat ISIS? Tony Blair’s spokeswoman said all of what he said in the CNN interview has been said before.