Basra raids raise power concerns


Last November, an official assessment by the Pentagon judged Basra "not ready for transition" to control by the Iraqi security forces.

Only one other province had such severe problems, Anbar, home to the insurgent strong-holds of Falluja and Ramadi.

Basra was in an even worse state than Baghdad, according to the report submitted by the US military to Congress, entitled Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq.

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