MICHAEL YON POINTS TO THIS REPORT and emails: "Basra is not in chaos. In fact, crime and violence are way down and there has not been a British combat death in over a month. The report below is false." False reports from Iraq? Say it isn't so!
And, via the comments in this post, an article from The Telegraph that supports Yon's version more than the other: "Indeed, wherever one looks in the British sector, there are grounds to believe that, far from degenerating into all-out civil war, the Iraqis are finally coming to terms with their post-Saddam condition and are starting to acquire the confidence and the institutions necessary for running their affairs."