Iraq and the British secretly negotiating with the Taleban
(Telegraph) Britain in secret talks with the Taliban.
It is thought that the Americans were extremely unhappy with the news becoming public that an ally was negotiating with terrorists who supported the September 11 attackers.
In Iraq, The WaPo has a longish story on the intraShia powerstruggle. (A good summary, but nothing new if you've been watching this.)
And, Juan Cole's 10 Myths about Iraq is definitely worth a read.