President Bush laid out his plan for winning the war while in Iraq the insurgency continued to take its toll:
In the United States: Bush, in a speech at the Naval Academy, said that despite "setbacks," the United States is making clear progress in training Iraqi security forces, a vital part of the administration's three-part strategy to win the war. The other two pillars of the strategy, which he said is succeeding, are helping the country establish a democracy and rebuilding the Iraqi economy.
Bush, in a speech designed to reassure the public that he has a vision to end the war, said the number of U.S. troops on the ground will be determined by conditions in Iraq, not by "artificial timetables set by politicians in Washington."
* But House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) became the first member of the Democratic leadership to call for the United States to begin bringing home its troops.
In Iraq: In the deadliest single attack on U.S. forces in almost four months, 10 Marines died Thursday when a makeshift bomb blasted their foot patrol outside Fallujah.
* Former President Saddam Hussein's trial resumed after a five-week recess. But after videotaped testimony from a witness who recently died of cancer, the trial was recessed again, this time for a week to give some of Hussein's co-defendants time to find replacements for the two defense attorneys who were killed just after the last recess. Hussein again was unruly in the dock.
* Two prominent Sunni Arab politicians, Ayad Alizi and Ali Hussein of the Iraqi Islamic Party, were killed in a Sunni area west of Baghdad. Alizi was to be a candidate in this month's legislative elections.
* Four Western peace activists, including a longtime resident of Northern Virginia, have been kidnapped in Iraq by a previously unknown insurgent group, the Swords of Righteousness Brigade. The captives are members of Christian Peacemaker Teams, an antiwar organization based in Chicago.