Iraqi shoe thrower set to be released
Muntadhar al-Zeidi, is to be released on Monday after nine months in prison.
He will be greeted by a nation where many feel his act of protest encapsulated their own bitterness over the war and US occupation.
Parties and music are planned at his family's home in Baghdad, where his brother was hanging posters of him on Thursday.
But the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who was deeply embarrassed by the outburst, will not be celebrating.