1. US officials say that Iran and al-Qaeda are in secret negotiations to settle the release of top al-Qaeda terrorists, including bin Laden's sons, under 'house arrest' in Iran since they fled Afghanistan following the US invasion of 2001.
2. Secretary Chertoff reasserted that Iran's Hizballah terrorist organization makes al-Qaeda look "minor league" and poses a greater threat to US security and interests. This as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi credited the end of fighting in Basra to "the goodwill of the Iranians."
3. The American NATO forces commander in Afghanistan criticized Pakistan's light approach to Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters over the border saying, “Over time, when there has been dialogue, or peace deals, the incidents [in Afghanistan] have gone up."
4. In Canada, the Wilfrid Laurier University awarded a top 'entrepreneurial award' to a student who the FBI charges "set up enterprises to acquire $22,000 worth of sensitive warship-building software" for the Tamil Tigers as well as facilitated smuggling to aid them in Sri Lanka.
Officials: Iran, al-Qaeda in Secret Talks - ABC
CIA Director Hayden Cites Big Gains Against Al-Qaeda - Washington Post
Chertoff: Hizballah Makes Al-Qaeda Look 'Minor League,' Is Greatest Security Threat - FOX
Lebanon in the Hands of the [Iranian] Faqih - Dar Al Hayat
NATO Chief in Afghanistan Says Pakistan’s Tack on Militants Is Not as Expected - NY Times
Canadians fight to figure out who is real enemy in Afghanistan - The Ottawa Citizen
Terror suspect wins entrepreneurial award at Canadian university - Globe and Mail
Larijani warns IAEA that Iran could revise cooperation - AFP
Nuclear Proliferation and Iran's Endless Filibuster - The Economist
President Talabani tells Hizballah: Don't mess with Iraq - Ya Libnan
Iraq's Appeals for Debt Relief Stir Little Arab Response - New York Sun
Pakistan's A.Q. Khan now disowns 2004 confession on nuke black market - Guardian
Georgia-Russia Fight Moves to Security Council - New York Sun
Syria dismisses Israeli demand to ditch Iran - Daily Times
Time to talk to al-Qaeda, senior UK police chief urges - Guardian