So, how are things going in Iraq? While we know the Bush administration isn't terribly fond of actual facts, let's see what these petty figures have to say to us.
Last month, the British Army fired 100,000 rounds of ammunition in southern Iraq.And this is in the British sector, which is supposed to be benefitting from the Tommies more genial occupation. As the BBC notes, "There are no illusions about life in the British sector any more."
The base in al-Ammara sustained more than 400 direct mortar hits.
The British battalion there counted some 853 separate attacks of different kinds: mortars, roadside bombs, rockets and machine-gun fire.
No British regiment has had such intense "contact", as they call it, since Korea.