Report: Iraqis ask Czechs for arms

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Senior Iraqi officials have made repeated pleas to the Czech Republic to supply Iraqi soldiers with arms, the Pravo daily newspaper reported Monday.

Kurdish official snubs Iraq government

BAGHDAD, June 10 (UPI) -- Barham Saleh, Iraq's Kurdish designate-vice premier, Thursday balked at assuming his new post, demanding a clear definition of his powers and prerogatives.

Kurds slam U.N. resolution on Iraq

BAGHDAD, June 9 (UPI) -- Iraqi Kurds said Wednesday the U.N. resolution on Iraqi sovereignty ignores their right for autonomy in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Five killed in Iraq explosion

BAGHDAD, June 2 (UPI) -- A booby-trapped car exploded in a mainly-Sunni neighborhood in a north Baghdad suburb Wednesday, killing five Iraqis, reports said.

U.N. electoral team back in Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, May 12 (UPI) -- A U.N. electoral team arrived in Iraq Wednesday as the special advisor continued meeting with a range of Iraqis preparing for January elections.

U.N. Iraq political team visits Mosul

BAGHDAD, April 12 (UPI) -- U.N. special Iraq adviser Lakhdar Brahimi and his team traveled to Mosul last weekend, their first trip outside Baghdad on this visit to Iraq.

Talabani: Kirkuk sacred for Kurds

CAIRO, March 31 (UPI) -- Iraqi Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani said the oil-rich center of Kirkuk is as important for Kurds as East Jerusalem is for Arabs and Muslims.

Iraq to attend upcoming Arab summit

BAGHDAD, March 11 (UPI) -- The leader of Iraq's Governing Council, Mohammed Bahr el-Ouloum, will lead Iraq's delegation to the Arab summit in Tunisia later thi month.

Kurds want autonomy under Iraq federation

BAGHDAD, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Two Kurdish leaders reiterated Monday demands for Kurdish autonomy within the framework of a democratic and parliamentary federation in future Iraq.

Iranian reporters seek access to Saddam

TEHRAN, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Iranian reporters who say they broke the news of Saddam Hussein's arrest are asking the United Nations to set up an interview with him.

Syria, Kurds attempt reconciliation

DAMASCUS, Syria, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Tension in relations between Syria and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan led by Jalal Talabani who heads Iraq's Governing Council are easing, reports said.

Cleric makes Iraq election demands

NAJAF, Iraq, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The religious head of Iraq's Shiite Muslim majority Thursday demanded full elections for all Iraqi political bodies, unlike the U.S.-led coalition's plans.

Iraq council wants to remain in power

BAGHDAD, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Members of the Iraqi Governing Council have surprised U.S. authorities by asking them to ignore an earlier decision to dissolve and instead remain in power.

Iraqi leaders ban Arab TV network

BAGHDAD, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Iraq's U.S.-appointed interim leadership reportedly banned an Arabic television station Monday, accusing it of inciting violence against the coalition.

Iraq car bombing kills 12

KIRKUK, Iraq, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A suicide car bomber attempting to reach an Iraqi political compound killed himself and 12 civilians in the northern city of Kirkuk Thursday, reports said.
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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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