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Iraqi police: 19 killed in Basra blastsupdated: Thu Nov 24 2011 15:03:00

At least 19 people were killed and 67 others were wounded Thursday in three explosions in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, two police officials said.

Coffee shops bombed as Iraq announces October death tollupdated: Thu Nov 03 2011 08:12:00

A series of attacks Wednesday and Thursday in Iraq, targeting coffee shops and members of Awakening Councils, left 16 people dead and dozens of other wounded, officials said.

Suicide car bomber attacks police station in southern Iraqupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 04:59:00

A suicide attack on an Iraqi police station in the southern city of Basra killed at least four people and wounded 19 others Monday morning, a police official said.

Roadside bomb strikes bus, civilians killedupdated: Sun Mar 06 2011 12:08:00

Seven civilians were killed and 14 others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded by a bus carrying passengers in al-Maaqal district in northern Basra Sunday morning, police told CNN.

Basra car bomb aftermathupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 12:00:00

A car bomb outside a police station in central Basra, Iraq, wounded several people.

Explosions rock Basra commercial districtupdated: Sat Aug 07 2010 18:09:00

A large power generator in a busy market in central Basra exploded Saturday evening and sparked a fire and secondary blasts that killed dozens, police chief Gen. Adel Daham said.

Iraqi killed in protest over lack of electricityupdated: Sat Jun 19 2010 12:19:00

At least one Iraqi was killed and two others injured during a demonstration in the southern city of Basra on Saturday, a local official said.

Britain's legacy in Iraq: Basraupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 07:07:00

When British forces fully withdraw from Iraq on Friday, it will be the second time in a century that Britain will leave this nation with a legacy of war dead.

UK launches Iraq war inquiryupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 07:07:00

A independent panel is looking at Britain's involvement in the war in Iraq. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Basra's bid for autonomy stallsupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 13:09:00

A drive to boost the political and economic power of Iraq's oil-rich southern province of Basra has failed, Iraqi election officials said Wednesday.

Basra seeks to flex muscles in Iraqupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 12:03:00

A move is afoot to make the oil-rich province of Basra a more potent political and economic power in Iraq.

Time.com: Shiites in Basra Protest US-Iraqi Pactupdated: Sat Oct 25 2008 12:50:00

About 300 Shiites rallied Saturday in the southern city of Basra against a security pact being negotiated that allows U.S. troops to stay in Iraq for three more years

Time.com: Report: Deal Stopped UK-Basra Fightupdated: Tue Aug 05 2008 13:35:00

A secret deal with an Iran-backed militia kept British forces out of a battle in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, leaving U.S. and Iraqi forces to fight alone

UK troops to start Iraq withdrawal by early 2009updated: Tue Jul 22 2008 10:27:00

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Tuesday his country will withdraw some of its 4,100 troops stationed in Iraq by the beginning of next year.

UK minister: Basra is 'transformed city'updated: Fri May 23 2008 10:04:00

Britain's defense secretary has declared that the once war-torn southern Iraqi city of Basra is now a "transformed city."

Basra's nightmareupdated: Fri May 23 2008 10:04:00

As security in Basra improves, the horrors of militia rule are surfacing. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Iraqi: 'I killed her with a machine gun'updated: Wed May 21 2008 17:11:00

The man, blindfolded and handcuffed, crouches in the corner of the detention center while an Iraqi soldier grills him about rampant crimes being carried out by gangs in the southern city of Basra.

Shiite power struggle behind Iraq clashes, analysts sayupdated: Thu May 15 2008 12:05:00

Recent deadly clashes in Basra and Baghdad's Sadr City represent Shiite-vs.-Shiite political maneuvering ahead of Iraqi provincial elections, analysts say.

Airstrike, battles kill at least 11 in Iraqupdated: Wed Apr 16 2008 11:51:00

Fighting flared overnight in two key Shiite regions of Iraq, with four people killed early Wednesday in a U.S. airstrike in Basra and five others dying in battles in Baghdad's volatile northeastern region.

Time.com: Did 1,000 Fighters Mutiny in Basra?updated: Sun Apr 13 2008 12:00:00

The Iraqi government has dismissed about 1,300 soldiers and policemen who deserted or refused to fight during last month's offensive against Shiite militias and criminal gangs in Basra

Transcript: Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Iraqupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 12:35:00

In an exclusive interview, CNN Correspondent Nic Robertson talked with Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad Sunday.

Iraqi leader freezes assault on militiasupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 22:32:00

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Friday ordered his security forces to stop raids on suspected Shiite militia members to "give time to those who are repentant" to lay down their weapons.

Sermons show divide among Iraqi Shiitesupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 22:30:00

Two Shiite imams delivered very different sermons Friday, one sharply criticizing the Iraqi prime minister for his recent military push into Basra and the other praising the Iraqi leader for his "bravery" and "sacrifice."

Time.com: In a Calmer Baghdad, Maliki Cavesupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 19:00:00

The Iraqi Prime Minister calls off hostilities against Mahdi Army strongholds, but Moqtada al-Sadr is still planning a huge anti-U.S. rally next week

Deadly airstrike in Basraupdated: Thu Apr 03 2008 22:36:00

An airstrike destroys a house in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, killing a militant.

Baghdad back on the streetsupdated: Thu Apr 03 2008 17:16:00

CNN's Nic Robertson finds quieter times returning to Baghdad after army and militia battles.

Official: U.S. to send more troops to Basraupdated: Thu Apr 03 2008 17:16:00

A senior U.S. military official say 400 U.S. military personnel are being sent to Basra, Iraq, to bolster the operation there.

Iraqi city appears relatively calmupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 13:10:00

Security forces in the southern Iraqi city of Basra hunted militants Wednesday in a stronghold of a powerful Shiite militia.

Iran helped broker cease-fireupdated: Tue Apr 01 2008 18:14:00

CNN's Nic Robertson reports with details on who was involved in the call for a cease-fire in Basra.

Iraqi deaths spike in Marchupdated: Tue Apr 01 2008 18:14:00

Deaths among Iraqi civilians, security forces and insurgents jumped in March because of the recent spasm of violence in the country's Shiite regions, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.

Iran meddles in Iraqi politicsupdated: Tue Apr 01 2008 16:03:00

CNN's Nic Robertson explains why it took Iranian intervention, not American bombs to achieve a ceasfire in Basra.

UK halts troop cuts after Iraq clashesupdated: Tue Apr 01 2008 16:03:00

The British defense minister on Tuesday said the number of British troops in Iraq will remain at the current level of around 4,000 for the time being.

Time.com: Iraqi PM: Basra Operation a 'Success'updated: Tue Apr 01 2008 13:00:00

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki claimed Tuesday that a week-old operation against Shiite militias has been a "success" despite a cease-fire

Observers interpret Iraq cease-fire, Iran's roleupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 20:44:00

The deal to end the weeklong fighting in Iraq's Shiite regions appeared to be holding Monday, but left lingering questions about Iran's growing influence, the Iraqi government's military resolve and the chances for more intra-Shiite hostility.

Time.com: New Attacks on Baghdad Green Zoneupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 11:00:00

The fortified Green Zone came under renewed attack Monday, less than 24 hours after anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for his fighters to stand down

Al-Sadr calls off fighting, orders compliance with Iraqi securityupdated: Sun Mar 30 2008 18:31:00

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on followers to stop shooting and cooperate with Iraqi security forces Sunday, a move Iraq's government praised as a step toward ending six days of fighting that has left hundreds dead.

Time.com: Sadr's Ambiguous Cease-Fire Offerupdated: Sun Mar 30 2008 15:00:00

The militant leader calls for an end to the fighting. Though his followers listened, it's not yet clear what will happen next

Iraq fighting death toll nears 300updated: Sat Mar 29 2008 23:14:00

A strict curfew was extended indefinitely in the Iraqi capital Sunday as the death toll mounted from clashes between government troops and Shiite Muslim militants.

Time.com: The Battle in Basra Escalatesupdated: Sat Mar 29 2008 18:00:00

The Iraqi government's offensive has turned into a full-fledged fight against the Mahdi Army -- whose ceasefire appears on the brink of collapse

Analysis: Iraqis' Basra fight not going wellupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 22:07:00

The Iraqi military push into the southern city of Basra is not going as well as American officials had hoped, despite President Bush's high praise for the operation, several U.S. officials said Friday.

British military support roleupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 22:07:00

British Forces spokesman Maj. Tim Holloway describes the support role British forces are providing Iraq forces in Basra.

Time.com: Basra Offensive Draws in U.S.updated: Fri Mar 28 2008 21:00:00

An operation initiated by the Iraqi government against militiamen could become a Shi'ite civil war involving US forces

Baghdad on lockdown as rockets, bombs flyupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 16:12:00

Baghdad was on virtual lockdown Friday as a tough new curfew ordered everyone off the streets of the Iraqi capital and five other cities until 5 p.m. Sunday.

Time.com: Maliki Extends Militants' Deadlineupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 09:00:00

The Iraqi Prime Minister grants Basra's fighters an extension to hand over weapons as Baghdad is placed under curfew

International Zone under curfew as attacks continueupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 01:44:00

Iraq's government imposed a weekend curfew in Baghdad on Thursday amid clashes between government troops and Shiite militia fighters, and U.S. Embassy staff were told to remain indoors after days of rocket attacks left two U.S. government employees dead.

Time.com: Baghdad Trembles as Basra Bleedsupdated: Thu Mar 27 2008 19:00:00

Fighting escalates, a curfew is imposed, and the US maintains a fig leaf of a ceasefire with Moqtada al-Sadr

More than 100 dead in two days of Iraq fightingupdated: Wed Mar 26 2008 22:33:00

Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged the Iraqi government to end a crackdown on his militia after two days of fighting left more than 100 people dead across southern Iraq, an aide said Wednesday.

Peaceful Iraq protests spark clashes; 50 reported deadupdated: Tue Mar 25 2008 21:57:00

Fighting between Iraqi security forces and supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr left 50 dead in the southern city of Basra and spread to several Baghdad districts Tuesday, Iraqi officials said.

Time.com: Maliki's Moment of Truth in Basra updated: Tue Mar 25 2008 10:00:00

Iraqi troops launch a major offensive in the southern city, where the government has had little influence in recent years

Time.com: The Threat of a Re-Surge in Iraqupdated: Mon Mar 24 2008 21:00:00

Analysis: A new outburst of violence may force the U.S. military to rethink drawing down troop levels in Iraq

Brutality in Basraupdated: Fri Feb 08 2008 16:26:00

Women in Basra are being brutally murdered by extremists. CNN's Arwa Damon reports. Viewer discretion is advised

Violations of 'Islamic teachings' take deadly toll on Iraqi womenupdated: Fri Feb 08 2008 16:26:00

The images in the Basra police file are nauseating: Page after page of women killed in brutal fashion -- some strangled to death, their faces disfigured; others beheaded. All bear signs of torture.

Scores die as messianic cult attacks religious pilgrimsupdated: Sat Jan 19 2008 21:37:00

A messianic Shiite cult's battles with police and attacks on religious holiday pilgrims have left 75 dead across Iraq in two days, officials say.

Time.com: What the British Left Behind in Basra updated: Tue Dec 18 2007 08:00:00

Their handover of the city is another opportunity for the US to wash its hands of a "mess" for which it has no solution

UK troops handover in Basraupdated: Sun Dec 16 2007 14:55:00

British commander, Maj. Gen. Graham Binns hands over responsibility of security in Basra to Iraqi troops.

British troops return Basra to Iraqisupdated: Sun Dec 16 2007 14:55:00

British troops Sunday handed over responsibility for security in the southern Iraqi province of Basra, a major milestone in the scaling-back of the foreign military presence nearly five years after the U.S.-led invasion.

UK to hand over Basra 'in weeks'updated: Mon Dec 10 2007 05:16:00

Britain will hand over security control of the southern Iraqi province of Basra within two weeks, Prime Minister Gordon Brown told British troops Sunday night during a previously unannounced visit to Iraq.

Iraq drawdown could create dangers, British lawmakers warnupdated: Mon Dec 03 2007 11:20:00

A halving of British troop numbers in southeastern Iraq could make it impossible to retain control of the region, a British parliamentary committee warned Monday.

British military in Iraq reports dramatic drop in violenceupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 14:18:00

Violence in Iraq's Basra province has dropped by 90 percent since British troops moved their base outside the provincial capital, according to British military authorities.

Time.com: Targeting U.S. Allies in Iraqupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 19:00:00

The travails of Poland's contingent in southern Iraq is a reminder that Americans are not the only targets of the militants

Time.com: Brits to Turn Over Basra to Iraqisupdated: Wed Oct 31 2007 11:00:00

The British defense secretary confirmed Wednesday that Britain plans to turn over security to Iraqis in the oil-rich southeastern province of Basra in mid-December

Brown: 1,000 troops to exit Iraqupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 07:02:00

British troop numbers in Iraq will be cut by 1,000 by the end of 2007, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Tuesday, shortly after arriving in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi officials.

British leave Basra base; retired general slams war planupdated: Mon Sep 03 2007 01:49:00

Five-hundred British troops began withdrawing Sunday from their base in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, the Ministry of Defense said.

UK: Basra pullout was pre-plannedupdated: Mon Sep 03 2007 01:01:00

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has dismissed a suggestion that a withdrawal by UK troops from their base in the southern Iraqi city of Basra was a defeat, insisting it was an "organized" move.

Time.com: Basra After the British updated: Tue Aug 21 2007 16:00:00

British troops are preparing to depart Iraq's second city in the coming months, leaving behind an intra-Shi'ite power struggle

Curfew imposed after attack on Sunni shrineupdated: Fri Jun 15 2007 08:05:00

Attackers bombed a Sunni Muslim shrine Friday near the mostly Shiite city of Basra, two days after blasts destroyed towers at the revered Golden Dome Shiite mosque in Samarra.

Sunni mosques hit after blast at Samarra shrineupdated: Thu Jun 14 2007 05:04:00

Attackers struck nine Sunni mosques in Baghdad and south of the Iraqi capital in the aftermath of Wednesday's bombing of Al-Askariya Mosque -- a major Shiite Muslim shrine in Samarra, police said Thursday.

Blair: 1,600 troops to leave Iraqupdated: Wed Feb 21 2007 01:50:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday announced plans for the imminent withdrawal of around 1,600 of his country's troops from Iraq.

At least 40 killed in Iraqupdated: Sun Jun 04 2006 04:25:00

At least 40 people -- some of them high school students -- were reported killed Sunday across Iraq, as the new government failed to name security ministers to deal with continuing violence.

Bomb causes carnage at Iraq marketupdated: Sat Jun 03 2006 07:19:00

A bomb ripped through a packed market in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Saturday, killing at least 33 people, officials told CNN.

Basra: State of emergency declaredupdated: Wed May 31 2006 09:16:00

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki declared Wednesday a month-long state of emergency in the southern city of Basra, vowing to confront troublemakers in the oil-rich city with "an iron fist."

Two British troops killed in Basraupdated: Mon May 29 2006 05:19:00

Two British soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in Basra, the UK Ministry of Defence said.

Iraqis attack UK troops after deadly helicopter crashupdated: Sat May 06 2006 05:52:00

Crowds of Iraqis attacked British troops with rocks and at least one flaming Molotov cocktail on Saturday after a military helicopter crashed in the southern city of Basra.

Basra council breaks ties with coalitionupdated: Tue Feb 14 2006 07:43:00

Basra's provincial government temporarily has cut ties with the Danish and British contingents in Basra, the council's head told CNN on Tuesday.

Basra governor: British threatening voteupdated: Mon Oct 10 2005 07:47:00

Recent tensions between Iraqi forces and the British military are threatening the upcoming constitutional referendum, the governor of Basra province warned Monday.

UK: Police among 12 held in Basraupdated: Fri Oct 07 2005 08:55:00

Basra police officers were among 12 people detained by coalition forces in a raid targeting terrorists in the southeastern city, according to the British military.

Basra officials cut ties over raidupdated: Thu Sep 22 2005 06:27:00

Officials in Basra say they will not cooperate with Britain until the restive southern Iraqi city receives an apology and compensation after a British raid to free two soldiers.

Iraq: Insurgents infiltrate policeupdated: Wed Sep 21 2005 08:40:00

Insurgents have infiltrated Iraq's security forces, a senior Iraqi official said, as the fallout continued over British forces' use of armed vehicles to smash their way into a police station to rescue two undercover soldiers.

Iraq official questions UK actionupdated: Wed Sep 21 2005 03:23:00

Iraq's national security adviser has raised sharp questions about the way British forces handled the rescue of two of its undercover troops in Basra earlier this week and voiced concern about the infiltration of security forces by insurgents.

Basra tense after jail raid dramaupdated: Tue Sep 20 2005 07:48:00

British forces in Iraq are patrolling a tense city after UK armored vehicles crashed into a detention center in Basra and later rescued two undercover troops apparently held by Shiite militia.

Official: British troops freed in jailbreakupdated: Mon Sep 19 2005 07:49:00

A British armored vehicle escorted by a tank crashed into a detention center Monday in Basra and rescued two undercover troops held by police, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official told CNN.

Fourteen Marines, civilian killed in bombingupdated: Wed Aug 03 2005 06:52:00

A roadside bomb blast killed 14 Marines and a civilian interpreter Wednesday as they rode in a vehicle near Haditha, Iraq, U.S. military officials said.

British trio charged with war crimesupdated: Tue Jul 19 2005 18:03:00

Three British soldiers face war crimes charges in connection with the 2003 death of an Iraqi prisoner, while their former battalion commander and two intelligence officers have been charged with negligence, the UK government announced Tuesday.

Car bombs target Basra police stationsupdated: Mon Jan 10 2005 02:42:00

Two nearly simultaneous car bombs exploded late Monday near Iraqi police stations in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, police said.

British troops move further northupdated: Thu Oct 28 2004 05:14:00

British troops from the Black Watch stopped overnight in Nasiriyah after they moved through desert closer towards Baghdad.

Two UK soldiers killed in Basraupdated: Tue Sep 28 2004 04:57:00

Two British soldiers have been killed in an ambush on a British military convoy in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, Britain's defense ministry says.

4 Iraqis killed, family kidnappedupdated: Sat Sep 11 2004 07:05:00

Four Iraqis were killed Saturday in separate incidents and the wife and three children of an Iraqi National Guard officer were kidnapped.

Iraq violence leaves 40 deadupdated: Sun Sep 05 2004 04:17:00

Fighting and a suicide bombing killed at least 40 people across Iraq in weekend violence.

At least 40 die in Iraq violence updated: Sat Sep 04 2004 08:50:00

Fighting and a suicide bombing killed at least 40 people across Iraq in weekend violence.

Basra 'tense' after British deathupdated: Tue Aug 10 2004 08:29:00

A spokesman for British forces in Basra described the situation as "tense" Tuesday following the death of a British soldier in the southern Iraq city.

British soldier killed in Basraupdated: Mon Aug 09 2004 13:59:00

A British soldier has been killed during a gun battle with insurgents in Iraq's southern city of Basra, according to a spokesman from the British Ministry of Defence.

CNNMoney: Oil sets another recordupdated: Mon Aug 09 2004 12:28:00

Crude oil prices jumped just 3 cents shy of $45 a barrel Monday on news that production in Iraq's main oil production center was stopped because of threats from Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's militia, re-igniting concerns about tight international supplies.

Two Iraqis die in Basra clashesupdated: Sat May 08 2004 04:15:00

Supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr clashed with coalition troops in the southern city of Basra Saturday morning, according to a British military spokesman.

Iraqis arrest 5 in connection with Basra bombingsupdated: Fri Apr 23 2004 03:38:00

Iraqi police confirmed Friday that five Iraqis have been arrested in connection with this week's suicide attacks in the Basra region, and said the five are suspected of having links to the al Qaeda terror network.

Basra bombs kill at least 68 Iraqisupdated: Wed Apr 21 2004 00:43:00

Deadly car bombs ripped through a southern Iraqi city Wednesday and a fierce firefight raged for hours in the Sunni Triangle city of Fallujah.

Attacks mark eve of Iraq war anniversaryupdated: Thu Mar 18 2004 04:45:00

Two rockets were fired Thursday toward the Burj-al-Hayat hotel in Iraq's capital of Baghdad, the U.S. military said, and three Iraqis were killed by a bomb in Basra.

Iraqis angry over protest killingsupdated: Sun Jan 11 2004 04:24:00

Crowds of Iraqis have been protesting the killings of at least five people by police and British troops.

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