January 9, 1999 |
The leaders of two rival Iraqi Kurdish groups who control northern Iraq in opposition to Baghdad held peace talks Friday. It was the first time they had met inside the mountainous enclave in four years. Jalal Talabani, chief of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, or PUK, met former enemy Massoud Barzani of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, or KDP, in Barzani's hilltop stronghold of Salahuddin, a KDP official there said. Kurdish-run northern Iraq, protected by a U.S.
June 13, 2005 |
The parliament in Iraq's Kurdistan region elected veteran guerrilla leader Massoud Barzani as president Sunday, touching off horn-honking celebrations by his supporters. The 111-member assembly meeting in this northern city unanimously chose Barzani, leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, for a four-year presidential term. The Kurdish region comprises three northern provinces, Irbil, Dahuk and Sulaymaniya, and has enjoyed autonomy since the Persian Gulf War in 1991.
September 7, 2005 |
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Tuesday that he had been told that ousted leader Saddam Hussein had confessed to killings and other crimes. But Talabani named no specific crime, and it was unclear what details he might have learned about a legal process intended to be separate from politics. It also was unclear whether, according to Talabani's account, Hussein had confessed to crimes or had acknowledged that he had ordered killings and other actions that he considered legal.
March 9, 2006 |
Iraq's Shiite vice president finally agreed Wednesday to sign a presidential decree calling parliament into session, a critical but precarious step in forming a government. Adel Abdul Mehdi's signature cleared the way for the muchdelayed first session as early as Sunday but also openly signaled a fundamental disagreement within once-unified majority Shiite Muslim ranks.
August 8, 2002 |
A key Iraqi opposition figure said Wednesday that his group would not "blindly" commit to any U.S. plan to topple President Saddam Hussein. "We have made no decision yet to participate or not in the attack," said Jalal Talabani, leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, one of two Kurdish factions controlling northern Iraq. He was in Ankara for a meeting with Turkish leaders before flying to Washington for meetings with U.S. officials and other opposition figures.
August 28, 2005 |
The U.S. military announced Saturday that it had released nearly 1,000 prisoners from Abu Ghraib prison over the last few days in response to a request by Iraqi authorities. The move, the largest prisoner release to date, followed appeals by Sunni Arabs to start freeing thousands of prisoners who had been in the jail for months without being charged.
June 13, 2003 |
Kurdish parties in northern Iraq agreed Thursday to merge their regional administrations in a move intended to give them a united voice after the U.S.-led war that ousted Saddam Hussein, Kurdish television said. The leaders of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan endorsed the plan, according to a report by the KDP's satellite television channel, monitored by the BBC.
August 10, 2002 |
Iraqi opposition groups meeting with Bush administration officials: Iraqi National Congress: A London-based umbrella group of opposition figures created in 1992 and headed by longtime exile Ahmad Chalabi. The INC worked in northern Iraq until its 1996 ouster by President Saddam Hussein's army, which prompted accusations that America failed to protect the group. Iraqi National Accord: This London-based group of Iraqi exiles was involved in an unsuccessful 1996 coup attempt against Hussein.
May 8, 2005 |
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani held talks Saturday with King Abdullah II to mend ties with the kingdom, which were strained by reports that a Jordanian was responsible for the deadliest suicide bombing in postwar Iraq. Underscoring the need for better relations between the two U.S. allies, Abdullah extended a red-carpet welcome to Talabani, who was on his first foreign trip as Iraq's head of state.
May 14, 2003 |
The U.S.-sponsored Iraqi TV station began broadcasting Tuesday, although staff members complained of American censorship, including efforts to stop it from airing passages from the Koran. Baghdad residents with electricity saw the Iraqi flag appear on their screens as an Arab nationalist anthem played. The Iraqi Media Network then aired canned interviews and decades-old music shows. Plans to air a half-hour live news program were postponed because of disputes over editorial control.