NAJAF UPDATE….I haven’t seen much confirmation of this, but apparently talks in Najaf have broken down and Al-Arabia television is reporting that “armed clashes and exchange of fire between the coalition forces and the Mehdi army were reported in and around Najaf.”

I’m not sure if these “armed clashes” are the same ones reported here (and a few other places), which are all outside Najaf at a Spanish base, or if Al-Arabia is reporting something more serious inside the city itself.

Stay tuned.