Iran Secretly Helping Their Sunni Enemies, U.S. Says
This looks like an effort at perception management, the American public being the intended audience.
Brits Conducting Secret Negotiations With Iraqi Insurgents
We have previously discussed the U.S. military and OGA's secret talks with Iraqi insurgent groups (see inter alia, Details of High-Level US Talks With Iraqi Insurgent Groups Revealed and US Talks With Iraqi Insurgents Confirmed).
Our British allies were always assumed to be at least peripherally involved with the effort. Now the Brits are reported to be taking the lead along these lines after the U.S.-led initiative didn't make the desired progress.