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/ 26 March 2008

Iraq forces, militants clash in oil city

Militants loyal to Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr clashed with Iraqi security forces throughout Iraq’s southern oil hub of Basra for a second day on Wednesday. A health official said 40 people had been killed and 200 wounded in the first day of the clashes, including civilians, gunmen and Iraqi security forces.

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/ 25 March 2008

Fierce fighting erupts in Iraq’s Basra city

Iraqi security forces fought raging battles with gunmen from radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s Shi’ite militia in Basra on Tuesday amid a crackdown on armed groups in the southern city. British military officials said Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was in Basra to personally oversee the major security force sweep in Iraq’s second largest city.

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/ 24 February 2008

Oil giants poised to move into Basra

Western oil giants are poised to enter southern Iraq to tap the country’s vast reserves, despite the ongoing threat of violence, according to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s business emissary to the country. Basra has been described as ”the lung” of Iraq by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

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/ 3 September 2007

British troops quitting Iraqi city of Basra

British troops were quitting the southern Iraqi city of Basra overnight in a move that will end the British presence in the oil hub for the first time since the United States-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003. The pull-out is another step towards handing over Basra province to Iraqi control and paving the way for an eventual withdrawal of British forces from Iraq.

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/ 23 March 2007

Iran seizes 15 British Navy personnel

Iranian forces seized 15 British Royal Navy personnel who had searched a merchant ship on Friday, Britain said, triggering a diplomatic crisis. Britain said the incident took place in Iraqi waters, where it routinely boards merchant vessels with United Nations permission to search them. The UK Foreign Office summoned Iran’s ambassador.

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/ 1 November 2005

At least 20 die in Basra car bombing

At least 20 people were killed when a car bomb exploded in the southern Iraqi port city of Basra late on Monday, an interior ministry source said. ”Twenty people, mostly civilians, were killed and 45 wounded in the car-bomb attack in a crowded market in Basra,” the source said in Baghdad, citing police reports from Basra.

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/ 3 August 2005

Deadly attack on US marines in Iraq

Fourteen marines were killed on Wednesday in one of the deadliest attacks on United States forces since the invasion of Iraq as an American freelance reporter was gunned down in the relatively calm south. Meanwhile, Iraq’s panel drafting the new Constitution met again in Baghdad to discuss the finer details of the basic law.

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/ 31 May 2005

Basra out of control, says chief of police

The chief of police in Basra admitted on Monday that he had effectively lost control of three-quarters of his officers and that sectarian militias had infiltrated the force and were using their posts to assassinate opponents. General Hassan al-Sade said half of his 13 750-strong force was secretly working for political parties in Iraq’s second city and that some officers were involved in ambushes.