|Official Name:||Basra Province|
|Native Name:||محافظة البصرة|
|Other Name:||Basra Governorate|
|Population As Of:||2011 Estimate|
|Area Total Km2:||19070|
Basra Province (Arabic: البصرة ''Al Baṣra'') (or Basra Governorate) is a province in southern Iraq, bordering Kuwait to the south and Iran to the east. The provincial capital is the city of Basra. Other districts of Basra include Al-Qurnah, Az Zubayr, Al Mudaynah, Shatt Al Arab, Abu Al Khaseeb and Al Faw located on the Persian Gulf.
See also: Sumer.
In 1920, after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, the United Kingdom took over the former Ottoman vilayets of Basra, Baghdad and Mosul which had together formed the historical region of Irak Arabi or Irak Babeli, and called it the British Mandate of Mesopotamia. The mandate was succeeded by the Kingdom of Iraq in 1932.