Iraqi VP frustrated with his president

Iraqi VP frustrated with his president

ANKARA, Turkey, May 18 (UPI) -- Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi said he was frustrated he wasn't getting support from the Iraqi president following an Interpol Red Notice.

U.N. urges Iraqi leaders to settle scores

BAGHDAD, April 11 (UPI) -- Internal political differences in Iraq are getting in the way of national reconciliation efforts, the U.N. special envoy to Iraq told the Security Council.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 7, 2012.
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Iran: U.S. can't stop shutdown of Hormuz

Iran: U.S. can't stop shutdown of Hormuz

TEHRAN, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Military officials in Tehran said the United States can not stop Iran from preventing oil from passing through the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Foreign contractors detained in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Hundreds of foreign contractors, including many Americans who work at the U.S. Embassy, have been detained by Iraqi authorities in recent weeks, officials say.

Iran receives U.S. message on 'red line'

TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Iranian foreign ministry confirmed that Tehran received a message from the United States regarding threats to close the Strait of Hormuz.
U.S. maintains commitment to Iraq

U.S. maintains commitment to Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- It's in the best interest of the United States to do everything it can to help Iraq prevent political conflicts from turning violent, a U.S. diplomat said.
U.N. ready to help in Iraqi political rows

U.N. ready to help in Iraqi political rows

BAGHDAD, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The United Nations' mission in Iraq is ready to help build trust among Iraqi political leaders locked in bitter rows after the U.S. withdrawal, an envoy said.

No transfer for Hashemi, Baghdad claims

BAGHDAD, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A case involving terrorism allegations filed against the Iraqi vice president will remain in Baghdad's jurisdiction and not Kirkuk's, a judicial council said.
Iraqi leaders warm to political dialogue

Iraqi leaders warm to political dialogue

ERBIL, Iraq, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Political leaders in Iraq have no option but to have talks to prevent the political structure from collapsing, a Sunni-backed lawmaker said.

Arrests made in deadly Iraqi explosions

BAGHDAD, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Four Iraqi security officers were arrested in the bombings that claimed dozens of lives in Baghdad this week, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saturday.
Iraq seeks new F-16s to bolster air force

Iraq seeks new F-16s to bolster air force

BAGHDAD, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Iraq wants to make a deal with the United States for another 18 Lockheed Martin F-16 multi-role fighters to expand its fledgling air force as the U.S. military withdrawal nears completion.
U.S. releases Camp Victory to Iraqis

U.S. releases Camp Victory to Iraqis

BAGHDAD, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The United States transferred control of the massive military base known as Camp Victory in Baghdad to the Iraqi government Friday.
Biden meeting with Iraqi leaders

Biden meeting with Iraqi leaders

BAGHDAD, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq Tuesday to meet with the country's leaders less than a month before American troops pull out of the country.

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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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