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Battle of Basra

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Battle of Basra 2003 • Iraq War - military action

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1914-42 Battle of Basra 11 November 1914

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Iraq 2003: The Fall of Basra

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The Battle of Basra

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REPLAY British soldiers clash with rioters

The Battle of Basra lasted from 21 March to 6 April 2003 and was one of the first battles of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The British 7 Armoured Brigade fought their way into Iraq's second-largest city, Basra, on 6 April coming under constant attack by the Iraqi Army 51st Division and Fedayeen. While elements of the Parachute Regiment cleared the 'old quarter' of the city that was inaccessible to vehicles. Entering Basra had only been achieved after two weeks of conflict, which included the biggest tank battle of the war by British forces when the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards destroyed 14 Iraqi tanks on 27 March.
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  • Background 

  • A New War 

  • Siege 

  • Invasion of Basra 

  • Occupation 

  • Aftermath