Basra Residents Protest Deteriorating Security

Thousands of Iraqis in the southern city of Basra took to the streets this weekend to protest the worsening security situation. A long line of marchers, estimated to be as many as 5,000 people, demonstrated near the Basra police command headquarters Saturday. Residents are fed up with killings and kidnappings, and they are demanding the police chief's resignation.

Shiite residents are becoming increasingly alarmed about security, saying that crimes have increased significantly since British forces moved to the outskirts and handed over authority to local leaders. Iraqi forces assumed responsibility for safety in December.

From NPR and Associated Press reports.

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