Iraq flexes its muscles at Camp Ashraf and shows military independence from America, as the Iranian exile group's long strange trip draws to a close.
As US prepares to withdraw troops from major cities, bombings in Baghdad and near Kirkuk have the country on edge.
The deal would be part of a reconciliation effort between Iraq's government and extremist Shiite groups.
Easter Sunday this year marks the return of Christians to several of Baghdad's most battered neighborhoods.
The attack came in Mosul, the most dangerous city in Iraq.
Tens of thousands of Sadr’s Shiite supporters expressed solidarity with Iraqi security forces while demanding an end to the US occupation.
American forces will seek to disprove the perception that they are more heavy-handed than the British.
At Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, he announced that all combat troops would depart by Aug. 31, 2010. Following are the president's prepared remarks.
Hajji Hammadi, a senior member of Al Qaeda in Iraq, was believed by US military officials to have been responsible for the abduction and murder of US Army Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin in 2004.