Deal on US troops in Iraq 'close'
What the angle here? Pulling out the troops and declaring US troops' immunity from prosecution. War crimes should be punished.
Iraq's foreign minister has said Iraq and the US are "very close" to a deal on the future of US forces in Iraq.
Hoshyar Zebari says both sides were redoubling efforts to bring 10 months of tough negotiations to a conclusion.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - on an unannounced trip to Baghdad - said the final deal would be in line with Iraqi laws and sovereignty.
US troops' immunity from prosecution and the timing of a US pull-out remain to be resolved, correspondents say.
The draft deal being discussed includes a commitment that US troops will start to pull out of Iraq's cities from next summer, moving to large bases out of public view, says the BBC's Crispin Thorold in Baghdad.