In this Dec.. 8, 2010 photo, a family walks past raw sewage in Basra, Iraq. Basra is strategically crucial for Iraq. With a population of about 3 million people, Basra is Iraq's second-largest ... more 
In this Dec.. 8, 2010 photo, a family walks past raw sewage in Basra, Iraq. Basra is strategically crucial for Iraq. With a population of about 3 million people, Basra is Iraq's second-largest province and home to about 70 percent of the country's proven oil reserves of 143.1 billion barrels. The province, located on the Persian Gulf bordering Kuwait and Iran, is Iraq's only outlet to the sea and is the hub for most of Iraq's oil exports of nearly 1.9 million barrels a day to the international market. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Nabil al-Jurani
Thu, Dec 23, 2010 4:12 AM EST