What is Basra?

  • (noun): The second largest city in Iraq; an oil port in southern Iraq.
    Synonyms: Basia


Basra (Arabic: البصرة‎; BGN: Al Baṣrah) is the capital of Basra Governorate, in southern Iraq near Kuwait and Iran. It had an estimated population of 952,441 as of 2007, and 2,009,767 as of 2012. Basra is also Iraq's main port, although it does not have deep water access, which is handled at the port of Umm Qasr.

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Basra Governorate Election, 2009 - Background
... Basra is the main oil-producing and transit centre in Iraq, which has led to intense competition over control of its Governorate ... the police and army, the Islamic Virtue Party Governor of Basra which controls the Oil Protection Corps and local militias from the Sadrist Movement and ... Following the Battle of Basra in 2008, the central government seized control of the city's streets from the Sadrist Movement and the security situation improved ...
Siege Of U.K. Bases In Basra
... bases in Basra was conducted and maintained by the Mahdi Army in Basra for most of 2007 ... of the coalition operation codenamed Sinbad, which purpose was to stabilise Basra and prepare it for the turning over of security to Iraqi government forces, the city was overrun by insurgent forces from ...
Mohan Al-Furayji - Iraq War (2003-present) - Assignment To Basra
... from the Iraqi Defence Ministry in Baghdad to Basra to prepare for the takeover of Basra from British forces ... Shortly after he was appointed, he advised British forces to withdraw their forces from Basra, as their presence was increasing the violence rather than reducing it ... In September, 2007, he attended the transfer of Basra Palace from British forces ...
Siege Of U.K. Bases In Basra - The Bases
... By this point in the war there were only two British bases left in Basra ... One was on the outskirts of the city at the Basra airport with a garrison of 5,000 soldiers ... of the brunt of the fighting, was in the city center at Basra Palace, a former palace of Saddam Hussein, with a garrison of 700 soldiers ...
Basra, Pakistan
... Basra is a village of Chakwal District in the Punjab province of Pakistan ... The village is inhabited by the Basra tribe of the Jats ...