“Worst Unrest in Iraq” Breaks Out in Basra

HeadlineAug 11, 2003

Massive protests erupted over the weekend in the Iraqi city of Basra against British occupying forces. The Washington Post described it as “the worst unrest in Iraq” since Baghdad fell. Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets, setting tires on fire to block British troop movements. As temperatures topped 120 degrees, the city is mostly without electricity and faces chronic fuel shortages. At least one protester was shot dead. A Nepalese security guard who worked for the foreign firm Global Security was also killed.

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