a port in SE Iraq, N of the Persian Gulf.
Contemporary Examples

During his first day in Iraq, Mumford arrived at a hospital outside of Basra where he tried to pass as a photojournalist.
Steve Mumford: The Artist Who Went to War Justin Jones February 27, 2014

Cpl. Rory MacKenzie, 31, who joined the British army 11 years ago, lost a leg during a night patrol in Basra, southern Iraq.
Bryan Adams’s Unlikely, Compelling Portrait Photography Book ‘Wounded’ Nico Hines November 10, 2013

These two rivers come together today in southern Iraq, just north of Basra.
The Truth About Genesis Bruce Feiler September 17, 2009

In Afghanistan, Hayee broke off from Basra and, following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, set up camp at a madrassah in Karachi.
Qari Abdul Hayee Arrested in Daniel Pearl Murder Investigation Jahanzeb Aslam March 19, 2013

Historical Examples

They’ll wait until the force has moved to Basra before they take chances.
King–of the Khyber Rifles Talbot Mundy

Some time was spent by the invaders at Basra in preparing a base.
The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII) Various

Basra itself lies up a creek, and is invisible from the river.
In Mesopotamia Martin Swayne

Why do the other Firengis allow his ships in Bushir and Basra?
The Best Short Stories of 1917 Various

An old-world touch is given to the waters of Basra by the high-sterned dhows anchored in the river.
A Dweller in Mesopotamia Donald Maxwell

Hallaj quoted a work of Hassan of Basra, from which he said he had taken it.
Mystics and Saints of Islam Claud Field

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


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