Careem extends service to Basra By Editor on 13th June 2019 in Iraq Transportation News By John Lee. Ride-hailing service Careem has reportedly started operations in Basra. According to The National, the company, which currently operates in Baghdad and Najaf, also has a pilot project in Erbil. Careem entered the Iraqi market in January 2018, and was bought by Uber for $3.1 billion in March 2019. (Source: The National) Related posts: No related posts.