Iraqi VP orders parliament to convene and begin government formation process

Iraqi VP orders parliament to convene and begin government formation process

BAGHDAD, June 26 (UPI) --Iraqi Vice President Khader al Khuzaei, on behalf of President Jalal Talabani, issued a decree Thursday to convene the Council of Representatives on July 1.
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Two killed, dozens injured in attacks on Kurdish targets in Iraq

KIRKUK, Iraq, May 8 (UPI) -- At least two people died and dozens other were injured Wednesday in three bomb attacks in Kurdish areas near Kirkuk, Iraq, officials said.

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Kurds' feud could ruin independence dream

ERBIL, Iraq, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Iraq's Kurds, part of the world's largest stateless ethnic group, are pushing closer to what has long seemed the impossible dream of independence.
Iraq's Talabani flown to German hospital

Iraq's Talabani flown to German hospital

BAGHDAD, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani was flown to Germany Thursday to be treated for a stroke he suffered this week, his office said.

Iraqi President Talabani hospitalized

BAGHDAD, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is responding to treatment after he was hospitalized, Iraqi officials said.

Iraq faces turmoil if ailing leader dies

BAGHDAD, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- If Iraq's stricken president, onetime guerrilla leader Jalal Talabani, dies or is permanently incapacitated following his stroke, the violence-torn country faces political turmoil a year and a day after U.S. military forces completed their withdrawal.

Renewed U.N. concerns about Iraq

BAGHDAD, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The United Nations said it was concerned about the state of affairs in Iraq, where violence is increasing a year after U.S. forces left.
Iraq's president said to be in coma

Iraq's president said to be in coma

BAGHDAD, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Iraqi officials said Tuesday that Iraqi President Jalal Talabani was in critical but stable condition after suffering a stroke late Monday.

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Iraqi President Talabani hospitalized

Iraqi President Talabani hospitalized

BAGHDAD, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani was hospitalized in Baghdad after suffering a stroke, Iraqi TV reported Tuesday.

U.S. security adviser on Iraq, Afghan trip

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A senior U.S. security adviser went to Iraq and Afghanistan this week to discuss issues including Afghanistan's takeover of its security, the White House said.

Big Oil faces crisis with Iraq over Kurds

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Top international oil companies operating in Iraq's Kurdish enclave are heading for a showdown with Baghdad.
Iran steps in to prop up Iraq's Maliki

Iran steps in to prop up Iraq's Maliki

BAGHDAD, June 5 (UPI) -- Iran appears to be getting concerned about an effort to unseat Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki by rivals who say he's becoming a dictator.

Russian bikers released by Iraq

MOSCOW, May 25 (UPI) -- Four Russian bikers who were detained in Iraq for alleged espionage and visa violations were released Friday, an official announced.
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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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