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  • Barzani meets with Abadi in Baghdad (Barzani, Talabani and KDP official Fuad Hisen)

    01/20/2018 8:13:08 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 20 Jan 2018, 14:50 | ANF BAGHDAD
    Southern Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani had a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi in Baghdad. Southern Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and his deputy Qûbad Talabani went to Baghdad on Saturday. Barzani, Talabani and KDP official Fûad Hisên have met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi in Baghdad. While details about the meeting are not clear, this is the first meeting held between the two sides after the controversial independence referendum of 25 September 2017. Before the referendum in Southern Kurdistan, Barzani had stated that “There is a bankrupt government in Baghdad”, referring to Abadi. Abadi had also...
  • Kurdistan bids farewell to Great Uncle Jalal Talabani

    10/06/2017 4:20:02 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Rudaw ^ | October 6, 2017 2:30AM CDT | Rudaw
    People in Sulaimani pay tribute to the former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. Photo: Rudaw/Sartip Othman SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – The people of Kurdistan and Iraq are preparing to say farewell to Jalal Talabani, the first elected non-Arab president of Iraq who oversaw the immediate aftermath of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Talabani died in Germany on Tuesday. His body left Berlin Friday morning, flying directly to the Kurdish city of Sulaimani, arriving just before midday.  His wife Hero Ibrahim Ahmad and two sons Qubad and Bafel accompanied Talabani’s body.  Talabani’s coffin, draped with the Kurdistan flag, was...
  • Iraqi Shi'ite Leader al-Hakim Dies (of Lung Cancer in Iran)

    08/26/2009 10:52:47 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 20 replies · 2,042+ views
    Voice of America ^ | August 26, 2009 | VOA News
    Sources close to Iraqi Shi'ite leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim say the cleric has died. Hakim was being treated for lung cancer at a hospital in Iran, and those close to the man said his health was deteriorating. A family member and an aide to Hakim, speaking on the condition of anonymity, separately told reporters Wednesday that he had suffered a setback. Hakim was known for his close links with Iran, and he led the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, one of Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite groups. In June, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani visited Hakim in Tehran, where the ailing cleric was...
  • Iraq's Talabani says will not sign Tariq Aziz death order

    11/17/2010 1:55:56 PM PST · by WebFocus · 23 replies
    Yahoo News via Reuters ^ | 11/17/2010 | Vicky Buffery
    PARIS (Reuters) – Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Wednesday he will not sign an execution order for Tareq Aziz, the former deputy of dictator Saddam Hussein sentenced to death last month for crimes against humanity. "No, I will not sign the execution order for Tareq Aziz, because I am a socialist," Talabani told French television France 24 in an interview. "I sympathize with Tareq Aziz because he is an Iraqi Christian. Moreover he is an old man who is over 70," he said. Iraq's high tribunal passed a death sentence on Aziz, once the international face of Saddam's government,...
  • Michael Rubin: Americans hope for reform in Kurdistan

    05/16/2009 8:00:45 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 1 replies · 590+ views
    KurdishMedia.com ^ | 05/15/2009 | Kamal Chomani
    Americans hope that there will be more reform in Kurdistan, but there is a feeling that it is not the job of Americans to bring change. Iraqi Kurds have their own future in their hands, says resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Michael Rubin. He has written several articles about the domestic politics in the Middle-East. Rubin is also a Senior Lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School and gave lectures at the Kurdish Universities of Sulaymani, Salahuddin, and Duhok (Iraqi Kurdistan). In the recent years he got a lot of attention for his critical articles in western media aimed...
  • Iraq: US sought troop presence to 2015, agreed 2011

    08/27/2008 1:33:55 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 157+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | August 27, 2008
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The United States asked Iraq for permission to keep its troops there to 2015, but U.S. and Iraqi negotiators agreed to limit their authorisation to 2011, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said. "It was a U.S. proposal for the date which is 2015, and an Iraqi one which is 2010, then we agreed to make it 2011. Iraq has the right, if necessary, to extend the presence of these troops," Talabani said in a transcript of an interview with al-Hurra television. ~ snip ~
  • Iraqi adviser says he quit to speak against Iran

    08/26/2008 6:51:48 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 122+ views
    Iraqi adviser says he quit to speak against Iran BAGHDAD - A former security adviser to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said in comments published Tuesday that he had quit his job so he can freely speak about what he called the danger Iran poses in the Middle East. Wafiq al-Samarraie, a Sunni Arab, told the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat that he wanted to expose the role in Iraq of Iran's elite Quds Force, a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The U.S. military has said the Quds Force arms, equips and finances Shiite Muslim militiamen who it says are...
  • Will Talabani apologize for Barak handshake?

    07/05/2008 2:17:35 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 265+ views
    Several members of the Iraqi parliament called on President Jalal Talabani on Friday to apologize for shaking hands with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at Socialist International Conference in Greece on Tuesday. Al Sadr Front MP Ahmad Al Massoudi accused President Talabani of violating the Iraqi law saying the handshake was a slap in the face for the Iraqi people. Ali A Adeeb, Al Dawa party, said the handshake was unacceptable calling on President Talabani to apologize.
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 6-25-08

    06/25/2008 6:00:05 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 84 replies · 240+ views
    President Bush met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani this morning in the Oval Office. (Transcript) President Talabani: I am proud to have the honor of meeting President George Bush, whom we consider the liberator of Iraq from the worst kind of dictatorship, as a great friend of the Iraqi people. Also present for the meeting were Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Later, the President met with United Nations Security Council Representatives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House for a discussion on Zimbabwe. (Transcript) President Bush: Friday's elections, you know, appear to be a...
  • Bush and [Iraq President] Talabani meet in Washington

    06/25/2008 12:34:19 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies · 106+ views
    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and his US counterpart Georges W Bush are due to meet today in the morning in the White House. Meeting between US and Iraqi presidents was not scheduled on Bush’s agenda until Tuesday night. According to White House Spokesman Gordon Johndroe, security, political and economic developments in Iraq will be discussed during both Presidents’ meeting mainly US-Iraqi pact due between US and Iraq. It is to be noted that Talabani is in the United States for a knee surgery, the President’s Media representative declared.
  • Nasrallah earns rebuke from Iraqi president - but praise from Iranian speaker

    05/30/2008 3:39:15 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 10 replies · 141+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | May 31, 2008 | Staff
    BEIRUT: Iraqi President Jalal Talabani called on Hizbullah's secretary general Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday not to interfere in Iraq's internal affairs. "Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah does not have the right to interfere in Iraq's internal affairs, as we have not interfered in Lebanon's affairs," Talabani said after a large-scale meeting with heads of Iraqi dailies and newspapers. "Iraq is an independent country and is the cradle of civilization. All those preaching Jihad and patriotism have learned from us," he added. "[The Shiite holy city of] Najaf has graduated militants and Shiite clerics, and it is not acceptable that students impose...
  • Iraq's first lady escapes bomb attack

    05/04/2008 9:40:25 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 51+ views
    Excerpt - The wife of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani escaped a bomb attack on Sunday in central Baghdad, but four of her bodyguards were wounded, security officials said. Her motorcade was passing near the National Theatre in central Baghdad's Karrada district when it was hit by a bomb at around 10:00 am (0700 GMT), Adel Khawis, head of her security told AFP. ~ snip ~
  • Ahmadinejad calls Iraq 'brotherly'

    03/02/2008 2:53:15 AM PST · by ConservativeJen · 12 replies · 846+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/3/08 | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    BAGHDAD - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday his landmark visit to Iraq opened a new chapter in "brotherly" relations between the two countries, which were once bitter enemies. Ahmadinejad is the first Iranian president to visit Iraq. The trip not only highlights his country's growing influence on its Arab neighbor in the post-Saddam Hussein era, but it also serves as an act of defiance toward the U.S., which accuses Iran of training and giving weapons to Shiite extremists in Iraq. The Iranian leader went from Baghdad's airport to a meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who gave him a...
  • Iraqi president urges release of Iranian detainee

    09/22/2007 12:40:36 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 21 replies · 408+ views
    CNN.com ^ | September 22, 2007 | BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN)
    <p>Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has blasted the United States for the arrest Thursday of an Iranian and called for his immediate release.</p> <p>The U.S. military said the detainee is a member of an elite Iranian unit that has been accused of training and equipping insurgents in Iraq, but Talabani said he is a civil servant who was on an official trade mission in Iraq's Kurdistan region.</p>
  • Iraqi President Jalal Talabani falls ill (flown to Jordan for medical treatment)

    02/25/2007 11:22:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 460+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/07 | AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - President Jalal Talabani is ill and has flown to neighboring Jordan for medical treatment, his office said Sunday, adding there was "no cause for worry." The brief statement said only that the 73-year-old Talabani had fallen ill because of "continuing hard work over the past few days." Talabani, a Kurd, appeared in public Saturday in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah where he met with U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Massoud Barzani, leader of the self-rule Kurdish region in northern Iraq. In Sulaimaniyah, senior Kurdish politician Barham Saleh said Talabani was on his feet when he headed for...
  • Sick Iraq Leader Flown To Jordan (Talabani)

    02/25/2007 10:39:35 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 402+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-25-2007
    Sick Iraq leader flown to Jordan Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has been flown to neighbouring Jordan for medical treatment after falling ill. In a statement, the president's office said Mr Talabani, 73, had become ill as a result of "continuing hard work over the past few days." The president's office declined to say what he was suffering from, but said there was "no cause for worry". Mr Talabani, a Kurd, was last seen in public on Saturday in the northern city of Sulaimaniya, AP news agency said.
  • Spies working for Saddam reinstated to the leadership council of the PUK

    01/14/2007 2:32:15 PM PST · by TexKat · 2 replies · 493+ views
    KurdishMedia ^ | 1/13/2007
    The local Kurdish media is reporting that four former spies were re-elected to the leadership of the Jalal Talabani’s PUK. Various Kurdish media sources are reporting this story, which has shaken the PUK grassroots organisation and Kurdish society, prompting outrage and statements that both spies and patriots are working together to lead the PUK. According to local reports, Saadi Ahmad Pira, Aso Almani, Mustafa Chawrash and Shalaw Ali Askari were discovered to be working for the former Iraqi regime while acting as high ranking officials within the PUK. Dismay and anger has been the response of many Kurds upon hearing...
  • US troops 'idle' during bombings: Iran

    11/24/2006 7:37:12 AM PST · by FourPeas · 30 replies · 890+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 25, 2006
    Iran, which will be hosting Iraqi President Jalal Talabani this weekend, claims US troops stood idle while "terrorist and savage action" was being committed in Baghdad, news agency IRNA said. Iran "strongly condemns the wave of bombings in the Shiite Sadr City and considers it a terrorist and savage action which was carried out while the American troops were standing idle," foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini was quoted as saying by the state news agency. "The occupation and the insecurity which emanates from it has caused continual damage to the Iraqi people, and they have no other choice but...
  • US troop presence keeps neighbors from invading Iraq: Talabani

    09/26/2006 8:07:12 PM PDT · by jdm · 7 replies · 389+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | Sept 26, 2006
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said that the US military presence in Iraq keeps neighbors from invading his country. "The American presence has always prevented any kind of foreign invasion to Iraq," Talabani said. "That's one of the main reasons why we think that we need an American presence, even symbolical, in the country to prevent our neighbors attacking us," he said at a forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington think thank. Talabani also said Baghdad could not "further tolerate" neighbors' interference in its internal affairs. "I think that our neighbors must understand that our patience...
  • Kurdish group takes credit for bombing

    09/25/2006 9:05:24 AM PDT · by TexKat · 228+ views
    AP ^ | Sep 25, 2006
    ANKARA, Turkey - A Kurdish guerrilla group claimed responsibility for a weekend bomb attack that wounded 17 people in eastern Turkey, a pro-Kurdish news agency reported Monday. The armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, said on its Web site that it was behind Saturday's attack near a police guest house in the eastern city of Igdir, according to the Firat news agency. The group also claimed responsibility for another bombing Saturday that derailed a freight train in southeastern Turkey. Saturday's attacks coincided with complaints by imprisoned rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan about his prison conditions. The attacks also...