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Iraq president home after 18-month convalescence: Party

Published on Jul 19, 2014 10:57 PM
 
A file picture taken on March 02, 2009, shows Iraqi President Jalal Talabani speaking during a joint press conference in Baghdad. Mr Talabani flew back to his Kurdish fiefdom of Sulaimaniyah on Saturday, July 19, 2014, after more than 18 months in Germany for medical treatment, sources in his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said. -- PHOTO: AFP

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AFP) - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani flew back to his Kurdish fiefdom of Sulaimaniyah on Saturday after more than 18 months in Germany for medical treatment, sources in his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said.

The 80-year-old head of state arrived on a private aircraft, but access to the airport was restricted to his close entourage, an AFP correspondent said.

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