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Kurdish leader Barzani in Baghdad for post-Saddam talks

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani arrived in Baghdad for the first time since former strongman Saddam Hussein was ousted. “Barzani left with a delegation from his party to participate in the political meeting” on post-Saddam Iraq being held by the United States in the capital, an official from Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) external relations department said Monday. The official, who asked not to be named, declined to give further details on the itinerary of Barzani, who has not appeared in public in Baghdad for several years owing to animosity between Kurdish groups from the autonomous north and Saddam Hussein’s government. Barzani told Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television Saturday there would be “no justification” for US forces to remain in Iraq once an interim Iraqi government has taken over ahead of general elections. Full Story

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