Basra - The Legacy

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Duration: 40 minutes

Reporter Jane Corbin examines the dark heart of Basra, once Iraq's most cosmopolitan city but now a place where women are murdered for wearing bright clothes, where being the wrong kind of Muslim can lead to your torture and where corruption is rife. As British forces prepare to finally hand over security control of the last province in southern Iraq, Corbin meets the new police chief of Basra - a man determined to restore law and order.

  • Basra: The Legacy

    As British troops hand over security control in southern Iraq, Panorama asks what sort of place will British troops be leaving behind.

    Read Jane Corbin’s article
  • Video diary: Corbin on the frontline

    In a series of video diaries, Corbin chronicles the highs and lows of her trip as an embedded reporter with the British Army in the Basra region.

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  • Soldiers' video

    During their time in Basra, members of the 4th Battalion, the Rifles filmed their real-life drama of being under fire.

    The material is unedited and contains a lot of very strong language.

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  • Transcript – Basra: The Legacy

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