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Posted by Richard Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Few of us are under any illusions about the inadequacies of the media but, even then, it comes as a shock to realise quite how badly we are served.

That comes today with the news of yet another soldier killed in Basra, bringing to 121 the number of British casualties in Iraq since the invasion in March 2003.

The sad news, but now distressingly common, is accompanied by minimal details. The soldier was from the 2nd Battalion, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, who died after the Old State Building - a coalition base in central Basra city - came under small arms fire.