( Sky ) - A British soldier has been killed in fighting in southern Iraq.
British troops in IraqThe Ministry of Defence said the soldier from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Welsh was hit by small arms fire in the al Fursi district of Basra last night.
The next of kin have been informed.
The latest fatality brings to 165 the number of UK military deaths in Iraq since the 2003 invasion.
Less than a fortnight ago Prime Minister Gordon Brown held face-to-face talks with President Bush on the future of operations in the country.
The leaders told reporters at Camp David near Washington that they held the same key values.
Mr Bush said the world was facing a "great ideological battle" between the forces of freedom and "cold-blooded killers".
And he said their shared objective was to give control of security back to the Iraqi government.
The President also said that America and Britain have "duties to discharge and responsibilities to keep" in Iraq.