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Jalal Talabani

Jalal Talabani 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. » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Iraqi politicians move closer to forming new government
2014-07-08
Kurdish political parties have narrowed down their candidates to replace outgoing Iraqi President Jalal Talabani while Salim Al-Jabouri, head of the Diyala is our Identity party has pulled ahead in the race for the position of speaker of parliament ...
(Asharq Alawsat English)
  1. Iraqi PM's Insistence on Running for Third Term and Kurdish Calls for ...

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Iraq chaos fuels Kurds' independence dream
2014-07-06
“If you don't take care to balance the relationship between Iran and Turkey, they can spoil everything,” said a senior figure in the PUK, whose leaders include Iraq's head of state, President Jalal Talabani, and Kurdistan Vice President Rasul. In a ...
(MorungExpress)
  1. If Iraq Falls Apart, Kurds Aren't to Blame

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Why The White House Ignored All Those Warnings About ISIS
2014-07-06
At one point, Vice President Biden himself tried to persuade the Kurdish president of Iraq, Jalal Talabani, to give up his position to Iyad Allawi, the first man the Bush administration appointed to be prime minister of Iraq's interim government. It ...
(Daily Beast)

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    In Midst of Tikrit Campaign, al-Maliki Refuses to Step Down
    2014-07-05
    The former president, Jalal Talabani, is a Kurd and leader of the socialist Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. He suffered a stroke 18 months ago. It is not clear whom the parliamentarians will elect as his successor. Some are saying that the Kurds needn't ...
    (Truthdig)
    1. How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maliki? Change The Iraqi PM's Job Description
    2. Why we stuck with Maliki — and lost Iraq

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    ORHAN MİROĞLU
    2014-07-04
    During his term as president, Jalal Talabani did everything he could to help relations between Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis to normalize. The whole idea of an independent Kurdish region, according to the political conditions in place in 2003, was dependent ...
    (Today's Zaman)
    1. Kurdish Leader Calls for Independence Referendum
    2. History of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region
    3. A good time to start learning Kurdish

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    Why we stuck with Maliki — and lost Iraq
    2014-07-03
    After admonishing the feuding Iraqis to work together, Soleimani dictated the outcome on behalf of Iran's supreme leader: Maliki would remain premier; Jalal Talabani, a legendary Kurdish guerilla with decades-long ties to Iran, would remain president ...
    (Washington Post)
    1. Iraq Poll: US Should Stay Out

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    Iraqi Kurdistan profile
    2014-07-03
    The previous presidential election in 1992 produced such a close result between Mr Barzani and Jalal Talabani of the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan that the two parties agreed to form a joint presidential council. This fell apart during a civil war ...
    (BBC News)
    1. Kurdish leader calls for independence referendum

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    The Kurds and Israel: Straws in the wind
    2014-07-02
    When Barzani died in 1979, the leadership of the KDP passed to his son, Masoud. But a new – and, as it turned out, rival – force had emerged in Kurdish politics with the founding by Jalal Talabani of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). During the ...
    (Jerusalem Post)
    1. As Iraq fractures, is this the start of regional collapse?

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    A Kurdistani from Halabja (Includes interview)
    2014-06-29
    Furthermore are these events and intra-Kurdish conflict between Massoud Barzani and Jalal Talabani in the mid-1990's and other such similarly dire episodes shape your distrust of these two men and the Kurdish Regional Government in general? The world ...
    (DigitalJournal.com)

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