Al Basra is the second town of Iraq with a population estimated at approximately 2.600.000 hab. It is the capital of the province of Al-Basra. It is the main port of the country. Al Basra is the capital of the province of Al Basra. The city is located in the Chatt-el-Arab, common estuary of the rivers Tigre and Euphrate, to 55 km upstream of the Persian Gulf and to 550 km of Baghdad, capital Iraqi and more big city of the country.
The sector surrounding Al Basra enjoys substantial oil resources. Many oil wells recover the sector and the refinery of the city has a production capacity of 140.000 Barrels per day. The city also has an international airport. Al Basra is a fertile area, with an important production of rice, corn, of barley, millet, of corn, dates, and of cattle.
The Moslems of this area are mainly members of the Chiisme duodécimain. A great number of sunnites and a restricted number of Christians also live in Al Basra. Also live among them the remainders of the sect preislamic Gnostique of the Mandéens.
A canal system crossed the city, giving him the nickname of “Venice of the Middle East”. For a long time Al Basra produced the most succulent dates in the world.
British occupationThe sector of the south of Iraq was entrusted to the British soldiers of the coalition. September 19th, 2005, an serious incident opposed the English soldiers to the Iraqi police officers. Crowd was caught some with the armoured tanks by throwing kingpins. The scene was filmed and diffused on television.
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