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Full nameBasra
Official nameBasra
Native name 
Other nameAl Baṣrah
GovernorateBasrah Governorate
Founded636 CE
MayorDr. Khelaf Abdul Samad
Urban Area69.9 sq mi (181 km2)
Total Population1914205
Other information
Time zone+3 GMT (UTC)
Area code+ 964 40

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Basra ( ; BGN: Al Baṣrah) is the capital of Basra Governorate, in southern Iraq near Kuwait and Iran. It had an estimated population of two million as of 2009. Basra is also Iraq's main port, although it is does not have deep water access, which is handled at the port of Umm Qasr.

The city is part of the historic location of Sumer, the home of Sinbad the Sailor, and a proposed location of the Garden of Eden. It also played an important role in early Islamic history, being built in 636 CE, or 14 AH. It is Iraq's second largest and most populous city after Baghdad.

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