The SOFA, if approved, will require warrants for the searches of Iraqi homes. Washington Times reports that the system may kick off a month early. This is an important indicator of positive progress for the drawdown of U.S. forces.
Of course, the key event in the SOFA will be the consolidation of US forces on bases and their exit from towns and cities in June 2009. You may sure that that day will be celebrated in Iraq, probably with the sweets and flowers that invasion proponents predicted in 2003.
Washington Times - EXCLUSIVE: U.S. to begin using search warrants in Iraq
"Military sources, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the topic, said at least some units of the 4th Infantry Division in Baghdad would begin obtaining warrants from Iraqi legal authorities next month before making arrests or searching homes for weapons caches and other contraband in noncombat situations."