As US forces pull back, Iran is expected to widen its influence in Iraq, despite the two countries' history of war and mistrust.
A brave band of Iraqi women are defying insurgent threats and taking back their streets.
US forces may stay in the volatile northern city beyond the June deadline for Americans to pull back to bases.
While President Bush traveled to Baghdad Sunday to hail progress, the war is far from over in places like Mosul where US and Iraqi forces still battle insurgents linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq.
While conditions are improving at the Central Teaching Hospital for Children in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq, the country still faces vast humanitarian needs.