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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Quickhits - I got nothin'

(AlSamuria) Maybe some little steps or backroom deals towards a little political reconciliation in Iraq between Maliki and the Sunnis.

(This unknown blog reports that Maliki met with British and US figures in London to try and work out a deal to let Sunni al Hashemi replace Talabani as President of Iraq.) Treat all of this as rumor at this point.

(AP) "The Bush administration will notify Congress on Monday of its intent to sell $20 billion in weapons, including precision-guided bombs, to Saudi Arabia, moving up the announcement to coincide with the president's arrival in Riyadh....."

(NavyTimes) The threatening voice on the US/Iran naval clash tapes may have been someone unrelated shouting on the public channel. (Apparently, it's not uncommon for bored merchant sailors to shout insults and random chatter on the public channel.)

(AFP) Turks shell northern Iraq.