from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • proper n. A city and port in southeast Iraq.

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  • n. the second largest city in Iraq; an oil port in southern Iraq


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  • 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.

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  • BASRA - Residents heard several dozen explosions from apparent mortar attacks on British bases around the Shi'ite southern city of Basra.

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  • * BASRA - A foreign civilian was killed in a rocket attack on a British military base in Basra in southern Iraq, Britain's Ministry of Defence said on Monday.


  • 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,

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • I should add here that the "Iraqi Army" in Basra is actually controlled, for the most part, by the Badr Corps militia.

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  • "The amount of actual terrorism in Basra is very limited," Iraqi Defense Minister Gen. Abdul-Qader Mohammed Jassim Mifarji told reporters.

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  • • A soldier was killed when an explosive struck his vehicle in Basra province.

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