American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A city of southeast Iraq on the Shatt al Arab near the Persian Gulf. The only port in the country, it was heavily damaged during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) and the Persian Gulf War (1991). Population: 2,010,000.
- n. A city and port in southeast Iraq.
- n. the second largest city in Iraq; an oil port in southern Iraq
“BASRA - A British soldier was killed and another wounded during an operation to seize a suspected "terrorist" in Iraq's restive southern city of Basra, 550 km 340 miles south of Baghdad, the British military said.”
“BASRA - Residents heard several dozen explosions from apparent mortar attacks on British bases around the Shi'ite southern city of Basra.”
“BASRA, Iraq, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A move to establish the southern Iraqi city of Basra an autonomous region has failed to gather enough support to stage a referendum,”
“10 November 2009 BASRA: Waterways in the Basra ports of Umm Qasr and Khor al-Zubair were rehabilitated, the public relations and media director at the Iraqi Ports Company said on Tuesday.”
“But the Iraqi Army in Basra is mostly composed of another renegade militia -- the Badr Corps, an organization founded by Iran and answerable to ISCI -- the Shi'ite faction led by the Hakim family, Sadr's great rival.”
“Against the backdrop of insane violence and bloodshed, it seems the murder of 133 women killed in Basra is a “drop in the bucket” in comparison to what some people say are tens of thousands of people being killed every year.”
“I should add here that the "Iraqi Army" in Basra is actually controlled, for the most part, by the Badr Corps militia.”
“The amount of actual terrorism in Basra is very limited," Iraqi Defense Minister Gen. Abdul-Qader Mohammed Jassim Mifarji told reporters.”
“• A soldier was killed when an explosive struck his vehicle in Basra province.”
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