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 (bäs′rə, bŭs′-)
A city of southeast Iraq on the Shatt al Arab near the Persian Gulf. A historic port, it was heavily damaged during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), the Gulf War, and the Iraq War.


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(Placename) a port in SE Iraq, on the Shatt-al-Arab. Pop: 1 187 000 (2005 est)


(ˈbʌs rə, ˈbɑs rɑ)

also Busra

a port in SE Iraq, N of the Persian Gulf. 616,700.
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Noun1.Basra - the second largest city in Iraq; an oil port in southern Iraq
Al-Iraq, Irak, Iraq, Republic of Iraq - a republic in the Middle East in western Asia; the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia was in the area now known as Iraq
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Iraq's Al Basrah Oil Terminal and its sister Khor al-Amaya Terminal lay not on land but in the Persian Gulf about 30 miles southeast of the Fao Peninsula and, at least a few years ago, accounted for 97% of Iraq's oil exports.
Despite turmoil in northern and western Iraq, these super-giant oil fields in the southernmost province of Al Basrah will be securely protected for future plunder by Anglo-American oil barons.
The project aims to stabilise and expand Iraq%s crude oil export capacity, a lifeline of the Iraqi economy, by constructing a pipeline connecting crude oil storage facilities to the offshore crude oil export terminal in Fao, Al Basrah in southern Iraq
Al Ain: Emirati handler Majed Al Jahouri picked up the big prize at Al Ain Racecourse on Friday when he saddled Ghalib to win the Dh90,000 Al Basrah Conditions event under apprentice Marc Monoghan.
In March 1984, the CIA reported that Iraq had "begun using nerve agents on the Al Basrah front and likely will be able to employ it in militarily significant quantities by late this fall.
The oil and gas sector also maintains a significant presence in the city with most of Iraq's oil exports being shipped from the Al Basrah Oil Terminal.
Turkish Airlines has launched its first flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Najaf which is the airline's fourth flight destination in Iraq after Baghdad, Arbil and Al Basrah.
Turkish Airlines on Tuesday announced it has launched a non-stop service from Istanbul to Al Basrah, in Iraq and Naples, Italy.
7) Iraq's current proven reserves are concentrated largely (65% or more) in southern Iraq, particularly in the southernmost governorate of Al Basrah.
and United Kingdom forces will continue to operate jointly with the Iraqi navy to provide training and assistance in support of future security transfers in accordance with a security agreement, to include Iraq's other key oil platform, the Al Basrah Oil Platform.
Even more important, the export terminal at Al Basrah is now ringed by the same militias owing allegiance to Tehran rather than to any central government under control of the American military in Baghdad.
Iraq's proven reserves are concentrated largely (65 percent or more) in southern Iraq, particularly in the southernmost governorate of Al Basrah.