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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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(ˈbæzrə) or




(ˈbʌsrə) or


(Placename) a port in SE Iraq, on the Shatt-al-Arab. Pop: 1 187 000 (2005 est)
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(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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We don't know whether it was a terrorist attack or something else," said Ali al-Maliki, the head of the security committee in the Basra council.
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The carrier will offer three weekly services between Sharjah and Basra. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, flights depart from Sharjah International Airport at 08:20 and arrives Basra International Airport at 09:15.
The company launches flights to 6 Iraqi provinces; Baghdad, Sulaimaniya, Arbil, Basra, Mosul and Najaf.
Basra is the first new destination for Emirates in 2011 with Geneva to launch on June 1, followed by Copenhagen on August 1.
Baghdad: Basra's bid to become an autonomous region, fell short of the 10 per cent of votes required according to the Independent Electoral Commission.
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