And succeeding. Mudville Gazette presents a year-by-year compilation of the British army’s involvement in Iraq, from the haughtiness of their initial dismay at the failure of US troops to win the hearts and minds of Iraqis, to this weeks news shocker that the British cut a secret deal with the al-Mahdi militia that kept them out of the fighting in Basra, where they stood by watching as US and Iraqi troops fought vicious street battles with the milita. Hundreds of the militia were killed, as were 60 Iraqi citizens. Seven US Marines were wounded. One Marine was killed.