Iraq’s ex-pres­i­dent laid to rest in Kur­dish re­gion

The Progress-Index Weekend - - OBITUARIES -

Thou­sands of Iraqi Kur­dish mourn­ers, along with Iraqi of­fi­cials and world dig­ni­taries at­tended on Fri­day the fu­neral of Jalal Tal­a­bani, the coun­try’s first pres­i­dent in a post-Sad­dam Hus­sein Iraq and once a sym­bol on na­tional unity.

Tal­a­bani was laid to rest in Su­laimaniyah, the sec­ond-largest city in Iraq’s Kur­dish re­gion, af­ter his cas­ket — draped in the Kur­dish flag — was flown back from Berlin where he died at a hospi­tal ear­lier this week.

From the air­port in Suleimaniyah, a mo­tor­cade car­ried the cas­ket to a nearby hill for burial. Crowds poured into the streets, fol­low­ing the fu­neral pro­ces­sion on foot, car­ry­ing flags and posters bear­ing Tal­a­bani’s im­age and the em­blem of the po­lit­i­cal party he founded more than three decades ago, the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan.

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