Fighting between Iraqi security forces and Shia militants has spread from Basra to other Shia parts of the country including Baghdad's Sadr City.
At least 30 people have been killed since Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki vowed on a visit to the southern oil city to "re-impose law".
Unrest in Basra has been stoked by a variety of militias and criminal gangs.
There are several thousand Brits just outside Basra that just aren't interested in playing anymore - outside of providing air support for the Iraqi Army. The government is fighting the residents of Basra. Good luck with that.
A bunch more people who never did anything to anyone are going to die. The tragedy continues.