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Iraq: Islamic extremists target women in Basra

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The Basra Security Committee released a report on December 31, 2007, stating that 133 women were killed in Basra last year. The report claims that "79 of the victims were deemed by extremists to be 'violating Islamic teachings,' 47 others died in 'honour' killings and the remaining seven were targeted for their political affiliations. According to the article, prior to 2003, 'Basra was known for its mixed population and active night life." That seems to have changed because women perceived as not respecting Islam are being targeted. It's unknown who exactly is responsible for the murders.