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'The Shia militias in Basra are better armed than Iraqi forces' - Independent Online Edition > Middle East

'The Shia militias in Basra are better armed than Iraqi forces' - Independent Online Edition > Middle East: "In Basra, Sunnis and Christians have been subjected to sectarian cleansing by the Shia militias. Women said to have behaved in an 'irreligious' way were targeted in recent months, and, according to General Jalil Khalaf, more than 40 women have been murdered."

Britain bows out of a five-year war it could never have won - Independent Online Edition > Middle East

Britain bows out of a five-year war it could never have won - Independent Online Edition > Middle East: "Britain handed over security in Basra province yesterday, bringing a formal end to its ill-starred attempt over almost five years to control southern Iraq.

The transfer of power was marked by a parade of thousands of Iraqi soldiers and police beside the Shatt al-Arab waterway, which runs past Basra. As helicopters roared overhead it was the biggest show of strength by the Iraqi army forces since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

The great majority of people in Basra were glad to see the British go. ' You can see the happiness on the faces of everyone,' said Adel Jassam, a teacher. 'It feels like a heavy burden has been lifted off our chests. '"

Al Jazeera English - News - Back From Guantanamo

Al Jazeera English - News - Back From Guantanamo: "Adil Hassan Hamad can scarcely believe he is back with his family in Sudan, because only days ago he was still in the US's Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

'I am very, very happy and not believing this,' Adil tells Al Jazeera, 'That I am here with my family - even now I feel this could all be taken away at any moment.'"