An US Army soldier watches the road at a military checkpoint in Baghdad.
An U.S. Army soldier watches the road at a military checkpoint in Baghdad April 6, 2005. Security was tightened across the city as the Iraqi National Assembly met on Wednesday. Iraq's parliament elected Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as the country's new president on Wednesday, breaking a political impasse and paving the way for a new government more than nine weeks after historic elections. REUTERS/Ali Jasim RCS/JJ