Barzani to take Kirkuk issue to U.S.

ERBIL, Iraq, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Kurdish President Massoud Barzani will take up the issue of the status of Kirkuk and the Iraqi-Kurdish row with the U.S. president, sources said Wednesday.

Peshmerga ponder uniting with Iraqi forces

ERBIL, Iraq, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Kurdish officials moved to unify Peshmerga forces into a singular entity as Iraqi defense ministers invited former army officers to join the national military.

Kurdish president warns of foreign agendas

ERBIL, Iraq, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said foreign agendas should not drive Kurdish issues and warned further encroachment may divide Iraq.

No movement seen in Iraqi election talks

BAGHDAD, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Iraqi political leaders were expected to resume negotiations to seek a compromise that would allow provincial elections to proceed this year.

Kurds back U.S.-Iraq security deal

ERBIL, Iraq, July 21 (UPI) -- The Kurdish president backed the security deal currently under review between U.S. and Iraqi officials, following a meeting with the top U.S. diplomat in Iraq.

PKK not terrorists, Barzani says

ERBIL, Iraq, June 23 (UPI) -- The Kurdistan Workers' Party in northern Iraq should be considered a terrorist organization only if it refuses political dialogue, the Kurdish president said.

Kurdish government supports U.S. SOFA

ERBIL, Iraq, June 19 (UPI) -- The president of the Kurdish government in Iraq, Massoud Barzani, said Thursday he favors the status of forces agreement between Iraq and the United States.

Kurds upset over U.N. Article 140 report

ERBIL, Iraq, June 12 (UPI) -- Kurdish officials expressed dismay over a U.N. report suggesting various scenarios for the Iraqi government to address internal border disputes.

Garner advocated federalized Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq, April 3 (UPI) -- Jay Garner, the first U.S. administrator in Iraq following the ouster of Saddam Hussein, likened the Kurdish region to a potential federalized Iraq.

Cheney visits Kurds; conference boycotted

ABRIL, Iraq, March 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney met with Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, while Shiite and Sunni groups boycotted a conference on reconciliation in Iraq.

Iraq welcomes Arab delegates in Erbil

ERBIL, Iraq, March 11 (UPI) -- The Iraqi Parliament speaker and the president of the autonomous Kurdistan area welcomed Arab delegates at a conference in Erbil Tuesday.

Analysis: Turkey's risky PKK war

BERLIN, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- While the European Union has criticized Turkey's ground incursion into northern Iraq, Washington seems to silently approve. That strategy is not without risk, however, especially if the military move would take civilian lives and longer than it should.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

Iraq Press Roundup

Kitabat newspaper said in its editorial Tuesday that Iraq's Parliament, which it said "supported occupation," passed a law changing the features of the Iraqi flag, a step that reflects failure and loyalty to Iraq's enemies.
HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent

Iraqi Parliament approves temporary flag

BAGHDAD, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The Iraqi Parliament by a majority vote passed a bill to alter temporarily the national flag amid Kurdish opposition to the current Saddam Hussein-era design.

Kurds' Kirkuk demands raised after rebuff

BAGHDAD, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A top Iraqi Kurdish leader says oil-rich Kirkuk's fate will be decided in a vote, a day after a coalition of Sunni and Shiite Arabs united against Kurd plans.
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Massoud Barzani
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) shakes hands with Kurdish President Massoud Barzani after a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on October 29, 2008. (UPI Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh/POOL)

Massoud Barzani (Kurdish: مسعود بارزانی; Arabic: مسعود بارزاني‎; born 16 August 1946) is the current President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party. Barzani was born in Mahabad, Iran, during the rule of the Republic of Mahabad. He has five sons (incl. Masrour) and three daughters.

Massoud Barzani succeeded his father, the former Kurdish nationalist leader Mustafa Barzani, as the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in 1979. Working closely with his brother Idriss Barzani until Idriss' death, Barzani and various other Kurdish groups fought Baghdad during the Iran-Iraq War. For much of this time, the Kurdish leadership was exiled to Iran.

With Saddam Hussein's defeat in the first Gulf War, Kurdish forces were able to retake much of the traditional homeland of the Kurds in Iraq. However, as Iraqi forces regrouped they pushed the Kurdish fighters back and hundreds of thousands of civilians fled to the mountains bordering Iran and Turkey, where thousands died under heavy fire from Iraqi gunships and many more succumbed to starvation and exposure. United States-led allies started Operation Provide Comfort to establish a safe zone within Iraq. This zone, protected by a no-fly zone, eventually developed into an autonomous Kurdish zone under the control of the two dominant Kurdish political parties, the KDP led by Massoud Barzani and the PUK led by Jalal Talabani. This zone incorporated most of the three governorates of Duhok, Hewler, and Silemani.

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