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A member of the Battalion of the Irish Guards covers Royal Engineers trying to extingush an oil well fire on the outskirts of Basra. (Giles Penfound - AP)
Iraqi Shiites Are Pilgrims Once Again
They came by the tens of thousands, crowding the highways on foot, walking from as far as Basra and Nasiriyah to the south and Baghdad to the north. They carried green flags, representing Islam, and black flags, a sign of mourning.

Forum on Iraqi Future Met With Protests
Protected by barbed wire and armed Marines, about 100 U.S.-chosen Iraqi leaders and activists gathered Tuesday to begin planning a new government, while outside, uninvited political figures denounced the gathering.

More From Keith B. Richburg
People in Basra Contest Official View of Siege: Life Was Mostly Normal, Residents Say; Doctors Report Many Civilians Killed (Post, April 15, 2003)

Iraqis Say Lynch Raid Faced No Resistance (Post, April 15, 2003)

In Basra, Growing Resentment, Little Aid: Casualties Stoke Hostility Over British Presence (Post, April 9, 2003)

In Pursuit of Answers, and Loot, in Basra (Post, April 8, 2003)

A New Day in Basra: Residents Search Regime's Ruins for Clues About the Past (Post, April 7, 2003; 5:13 PM)

British Forces Enter Basra As Residents Loot City (Post, April 7, 2003)

Fear Rules Around Basra: British Troops Detain 14 Baath, Militia Leaders (Post, April 6, 2003)

British Troops Raid Iraqi Militia Positions Inside Basra: Forces Tighten Circle Around Hussein Loyalists (Post, April 5, 2003)

British Troops' Dual Role: Soldiers and Relief Workers: Near Basra, Forces Hand Out Food, Water As Fighting Continues (Post, April 4, 2003)

British Use Raids to Wear Down Iraqi Fighters (Post, April 3, 2003)

Residents Say Hussein Loyalists in Full Control: Impact of British Siege Described as Minimal (Post, April 2, 2003)

Everyday Life Goes on Despite Siege: Traffic at Checkpoint Is Heavy in Both Directions (Post, April 1, 2003)

Scavenger Points Way to Major Weapons Find (Post, March 31, 2003)

Standoff at Basra Hints at Tough Time in Baghdad: Allies Have Yet To Face Iraq's Most Elite Troops (Post, March 30, 2003)

Lawlessness Spreads in Villages: As Bandits Rove, Allied Forces Are Blamed for Not Enforcing Order (Post, March 29, 2003)

Near Basra, British Purvey Juice, Milk and Artillery: Troops Call Reports of Uprising 'Largely Exaggerated' (Post, March 28, 2003)

Iraqi Tanks Try to Break Out Of Basra: British Troops Bombard City (Post, March 27, 2003)

British Forces Confronted by Guerrilla Tactics (Post, March 25, 2003)

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