News he giant Rumaila oilfield, near Basra, produces a third of Iraq's oil output. The British security man allegedly at the centre of religious unrest works at a camp run by oil services group Schlumberger

At a time of tremendous religious significance for the Shia, the insensitive actions of a British security man appear to have sparked a major crisis

Man held over death of Army hero

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a soldier honoured for bravery in Iraq, police said today.

Blair 'risked British lives to help out Bush'

The sister of Margaret Hassan, the aid worker who was kidnapped and murdered in Iraq, yesterday accused Tony Blair of risking the lives of British forces to help the former US President George Bush.

Baha Mousa 'killed after father saw soldiers stealing'

The Iraqi prisoner Baha Mousa was killed in a revenge attack by British troops because his father had seen soldiers stealing money from a hotel safe, a public inquiry was told today.

Odd couple combine to silence 'Basra' mob

There is no mystery about Michael Clarke. The elegant Australian No 5 scored a couple of hundreds against England in the bad old days of 2006-07 and has added a couple more this summer, plus a 93 yesterday. But who is this Marcus North who has partnered Clarke in fifth-wicket stands of 149 in Cardiff, 185 at Edgbaston and 152 here yesterday?

Judge rules against Basra bomb blast victim

An electrical engineer who lost his shoulder in a roadside bomb blast in Basra lost his £1 million-plus court action today

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'He was a decent guy. They didn't need to do that'

Tim Collins: Only a leap of faith will unite Iraq

As US forces withdraw this week, the Shia-dominated ruling party's relationship with Kurds and Sunnis is crucial to its future

Occupation, BBC1<br>Dispatches: Afghanistan's Dirty War, Channel 4

The British experience in Basra made harrowing drama, but a documentary about Afghanistan was worse

Roger Bacon: We lost a son and have a right to know

I feel very strongly that we should be able to attend a public inquiry. From our point of view – as relatives of British soldiers who died in Iraq – we want to hear the evidence first-hand. If you have lost a son, as we have lost our son, or a husband, or a father, you are entitled to know what happened.

Searching for joy on the streets of Basra

A powerful three-part BBC drama, 'Occupation', tracing the lives of three British soldiers in Iraq, was inspired by an ancient Iraqi poem, says the writer Peter Bowker

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A&R man Tom Lewis was in Basra for the riskiest recording of the year

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A&R man Tom Lewis was in Basra for the riskiest recording of the year

Soldiers invade Classical Brits

An album recorded in sweltering conditions on a British air base in Basra has scooped one of classical music's top prizes at last night's Classical Brit Awards.

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Six years after the invasion, the BBC's Hugh Sykes reflects on the changing security picture

Robert Fisk&rsquo;s World: Right to the very end in Iraq, our masters denied us the truth

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