Basra security continues to decline

Mehdi Army fighters loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march during a parade in Basra

In Iraq's oil capital, at least four people have been killed in shootings and three more have been kidnapped in the past week.

Basra negotiates Iran gas pipeline

Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest in Basra

A bilateral gas pipeline deal between Basra province and Iran could circumvent Baghdad's energy sector authority and conflict with UN sanctions.