The Decline and Fall of The Zand Dynasty

- 24 - and Sheikh Mohammad, two Basra notables. They were instructed to surrender it to Suleiman Agha who was to arrive to Basra from Shiraz where he had been kept in custody. On 24th March 1779, Sadiq Khan left Basra to Persia with his troops. The next day, Sheikh Thamer al-Saadun entered it with 3,000 men of Almuntafiq Arabs to protect it. Immediately after, trade returned to Basra and the caravans transporting cargo from alQurain in Kuwait to Aleppo, were abandoned.(10)