Basra in 2011.
I was there as a member of a UK trade mission to Iraq organised by the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC). At the time was on the IBBC Board.
In much of the world, gas produced during oil production would be processed and then used for power generation or reinjected to force more oil out of the ground. But in some places, a lack of infrastructure means this gas has nowhere to go, and so is set alight or vented into the atmosphere. In Iraq, a country impoverished by conflict, the vast majority of gas produced during oil production is flared.