Bush, Talabani meet

WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Thursday expressed admiration for Iraqi President Jalal Talabani during an Oval Office meeting.

Bombs rock Baghdad during Blair's visit

BAGHDAD, May 19 (UPI) -- Updates with deaths in Baghdad

Cheney in Baghdad, discourages vacations

BAGHDAD, May 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney made an unannounced visit to Baghdad Wednesday and spoke against Iraqi politicians taking a two-month summer holiday.

Report: U.S. backs militant Kurdish group

ANKARA, Turkey, April 18 (UPI) -- U.S. officials ignored the presence of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party in northern Iraq to encourage the PKK to launch attacks in Iran, a report said.

Report: Iraqi militants hunting al-Qaida

BAGHDAD, April 16 (UPI) -- Armed militants in Iraq have sought the Baghdad government's permission to hunt down members of al-Qaida, the country's official newspaper reported.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Saturday, April 7, 2007.
By United Press International

Talabani: Some insurgents want peace

BAGHDAD, March 31 (UPI) -- Iraqi leaders are keeping up contacts with insurgent groups to convince them to join the political process, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Saturday.

Iraq seeks Baathist reconciliation

BAGHDAD, March 27 (UPI) -- Iraqi leaders plan to welcome members of deposed leader Saddam Hussein's Baathist party back into government jobs in a bid to stem sectarian violence.

Iraqi president stable in Amman hospital

BAGHDAD, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani was in stable condition recovering from exhaustion in a Jordanian hospital Monday, his son told CNN. The 73-year-old Kurd became dizzy Sunday morning, and was flown to Amman, which his son said was not an indication of a ser

Iraqi VP survives Baghdad bomb attack

BAGHDAD, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi received minor injuries on Monday in a Baghdad bomb attack that killed six people.

Ill Iraqi president flown to Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani suffered a "small stroke" and has been taken for medical treatment in Amman, Jordan, reports said Sunday.

U.S. military defends arrest in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani Saturday demanded the United States take action in the wake of the controversial arrest of a leading politician's son. Talabani said the arrest of Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim was "uncivilized," and called on U.S. authorities to ho

Iran says Sadr not here

TEHRAN, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- An official in Tehran is denying reports that Iraqi rebel Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr is in Iran.

Iraqi soldiers killed by 'friendly fire'

BAGHDAD, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. rocket killed at least eight Iraqi soldiers and wounded six more in a strike Friday on a bunker in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Talabani wants delay in Iraq executions

BAGHDAD, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Wednesday he favors delaying the execution of two of Saddam Hussein's associates for crimes against humanity.
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Jalal Talabani
Iraq's President Jalal Talabani speaks during during celebrations for Nowrouz (Persian New Year) on March 27, 2010 in Tehran, Iran. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian

Jalal Talabani (Kurdish: جەلال تاڵەبانی Celal Tallebanî, Arabic: جلال طالباني‎ Jalāl Tālabānī; born November 12, 1933) is the sixth and current President of Iraq, a leading Kurdish politician. He is the first non-Arab president of Iraq, although Abdul Kareem Qasim was half Kurdish.

Talabani is the founder and secretary general of one of the main Kurdish political parties, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). He was a prominent member of the Interim Iraq Governing Council, which was established following the overthrow of the Saddam Hussein regime by the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Talabani has been an advocate for Kurdish rights and democracy in Iraq for more than 50 years.

Talabani was born in 1933 in Talaban Village and descends from the Talabani tribe that has produced many leading social figures. He received his elementary and intermediate school education in Koya (Koysanjak) and his high school education in Erbil and Kirkuk. In the late 1950s Mustafa Barzani sent him to Syria to study law. He is fluent in Kurdish, Arabic, Persian and English. Talabani has a record of lifelong activism and leadership in the Kurdish and Iraqi causes. In 1946, at the age of 13 he formed a secret Kurdish student association. His youngest son, Qubad, is the representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government in the United States.

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