Iraq greeted the fifth anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein with violence and Baghdad under curfew.
Fighting broke out after midnight in Sadr City, the eastern Baghdad stronghold of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, killing six people and wounding at least 15.
US general David Petraeus stated, during testimony to the US Congress yesterday, that further troop withdrawals should be held back for at least 45 days after completing the pullout of the "surge" forces by July.
US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker warned that the "achievements" of the surge were "reversible."
Like it or not, the US will have to pull out at some stage and allow Iraq to find its own path to the future.