If and when the US decides to carry out a massiveattack on Iraq, the southern port city of Basra willbe one of the major frontlines. In many ways italready is. Basra lies within the so-called no flyzones imposed by the US and Britain and the peoplelive under regular US bombing. George W Bush touts theShi’ites of the south as potential U.S. allies in afuture U.S. attack, but it is this area of the countrythat has suffered the most from US policy. Basra hasbeen one of the most fought-over territories in theworld and was at the frontlines of both the Iran-Iraqwar and the Gulf War. Once again its citizens arebracing for the worst. Democracy Now! correspondentJeremy Scahill and filmmaker Jacquie Soohen filed thisreport in the latest installment of Democracy Now!’sexclusive Iraq Journal.
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