Pres­i­dent Tal­a­bani re­turned home

His re­turn has ended the doubts about his abil­ity to ever come home

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Iraqi Kur­dish Pres­i­dent Jalal Tal­a­bani re­turned to Kur­dis­tan on Satur­day, 19 July after tak­ing suc­cess­ful med­i­cal treat­ment for 18 months in Ger­many, the PUK polit­buro pub­lished a state­ment a day be­fore.

He had been im­me­di­ately taken to Bagh­dad’s med­i­cal com­plex in De­cem­ber 2012 as he suf­fered from a stroke. Later, he was trans­ferred to Ger­many to re­ceive high stan­dard health care.

The state­ment read: “Tal­a­bani is go­ing to re­sume his du­ties as pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Iraq.”

There had been many re­ports and ar­ti­cles say­ing that Tal­a­bani was dead and some made jokes about it and said he was in a fridge. This was adamantly de­nied by the of­fi­cials from the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK). Some also said if he was alive, he would never be able to re­turn home due to his poor health con­di­tion.

The news of his home­com­ing ended all the ru­mours and was a re­sponse to those who rushed in pub­lish­ing false in­for­ma­tion about a man who could gather all the fight­ing fac­tions and dis­parate groups un­der his pres­i­den­tial um­brella.

The news of the home­com­ing of the pres­i­dent has been widely re­ported by the Kur­dish me­dia.

Many face­book users ex­pressed their hap­pi­ness and said they would at- tend the wel­com­ing cer­e­mony of the pres­i­dent.

Tal­a­bani’s son who is also deputy to Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG) Prime Min­is­ter con­firmed his fa­ther’s re­turn­ing.

"Pres­i­dent Tal­a­bani will re­turn to Iraq to­mor­row. I con­grat­u­late the peo­ple on his im­proved health and on his re­turn," he told AFP.

His re­turn co­in­cides with worst cri­sis in years. A large part of the coun­try is un­der the con­trol of the Is­lamic State (IS, for­merly known as the Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS).

They took con­trol of a large swathe of the coun­try’s west and north from Mo­sul to Jalawla.

Re­cent weeks have also seen es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions be­tween the Shi­ite-led govern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Nuri al-Ma­liki and Tal­a­bani's ally Mas­sud Barzani, the pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

The Kur­dish Pesh­marga forces seized large swathes of the long-dis­puted ter­ri­to­ries as the Iraqi army pulled out in the face of the Is­lamic State's on­slaught that be­gun on 9 June , 2014.

They also took con­trol of two key oil­fields around Kirkuk, an oil-rich city which the Kurds have given in­nu­mer­able mar­tyrs to dur­ing the last 50 years of fight­ing for free­dom. . Pres­i­dent Barzani vis­ited the city and said that he was there to sup­port Pesh­marga forces, adding that he was also ready to take arms to de­fend it per­son­ally.

PM Ma­liki has ac­cused the Kurds of un­der­min­ing na­tional unity, seiz­ing the op­por­tu­nity of the ISIS of­fen­sives and even har­bour­ing some its op­er­a­tives.

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