A new pact that faces final approval from parliament will keep US troops in Iraq for up to three more years. By June 2009 US forces will pull back to major bases.
Akkad Street is a neighborhood's response to suicide bombers hitting the main shopping market.
Many presidents have vowed to end partisanship. Few succeed.
Rejecting 'culture wars,' most people of faith signal desire for politics that build bridges.
Despite attack, Dulaim vows to bar Al Qaeda in Iraq, which it ousted from the town last year.