Newsday says yes.

The British troop pullout from Iraq announced yesterday leaves Basra, Iraq’s second largest and most strategically important city, in near total chaos both politically and militarily.

It comes at a time when at least four Shia militias are fighting over the city, which is surrounded by most of the nation’s tremendous oil reserves and provides Iraq’s only gateway to the sea.

Equally vital for U.S. strategists, the city also controls the southern portion of the road from Kuwait to Baghdad, along which mostly all U.S. supplies are brought in.

But Confederate Yankee heard from Michael Yon, who is in Iraq and gives us an entirely different picture of Basra.

I know which one I believe.