According to US officials, Iraqi leaders have agreed to develop a timetable by the end of the year, for progress in stabilizing their country.
The US ambassador says that at the same time, though, the United States needs to redouble its own efforts to succeed in Iraq.
Meanwhile, the top US commander in Iraq says Iraqi forces should be able to take full control of security in Iraq within the next 12 to 18 months, with minimal American support.
General George Casey says the United States should continue to focus on drawing down the number of American forces in Iraq. But he says he wouldn't hesitate to ask for more troops if he feels they are necessary.
And, four more US troop deaths bring this month's toll in Iraq to 91.