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The Kurdish Leader Masud Barzani (1946)
























Kurdistan's President Masoud Barzani & US President Georg W Bush

George W. Bush Junior attempted to include the Kurds in Iraq and always told me the following: We Texas people and Kurds we both have oil and we are both brave people. It is a great help for us to cooperate with Washington in Texas. It will be good for you too if you work with Baghdad. I answered; if Washington did against you what Baghdad did to us, you would never put foot in Washington again!!




















Kurdistan's President Masoud Barzani & Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu

















































































The young Masoud Barzani in while fighting as a young peshmerga in the mountains since he is 14 years old - here at a mountain village, 1969


































The young Masoud Barzani in while fighting as a young peshmerga in the mountains - here at a mountain village, 1969















Kurdistan's President Masoud Barzani & President Hollande





































Mesud Barzani, Condoleezza Rize
































































Pope Benedict XVI and Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani
























Idris, Father Mustafa, Masoud, 1978 Ohio, USA























































Masud (3), Sabir (2), Idris (1) Barzanis













































Haj Umran 1974





















Haj Umran 1974
















































Ten years



































At the Kurdistans mountains, 1970ies..






















































Barzani & US Foreign Secretary Madelein Allbright



























Baghdad, September 1970



















































Father & The son








At the White House, 2011







At the White House, 2015


















Hewlêr, 2-2- 2017




Masoud Barzani (Kurdish: Mesûd Barzanî) (born August 16, 1946) is the current President of the Iraqi Kurdistan region and the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party. Barzani was born in Mahabad, Iran, during the rule of the Republic of Mahabad. He has five sons (incl. Masrour) and three daughters.

Masoud Barzani succeeded his father, the former Kurdish nationalist leader Mustafa Barzani, as the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in 1979. Working closely with his brother Idriss Barzani until Idriss' untimely death, Barzani was able to continue the Kurdish guerilla struggle through the trying years of the Iran-Iraq War. For much of this time, the Iraqi Kurdish leadership was exiled to Iran.

With Saddam Hussein's defeat in the first Gulf War, the Kurdish dissidents were able to retake much of the traditional homeland of the Kurds in Iraq. However, as Iraqi forces regrouped they pushed Barzani's fighters along with other groups and scores of civilians to the mountains bordering Iran and Turkey. Thousands of Kurds died under heavy fire from Iraqi gunships and many more faced imminent death from starvation and exposure, when the United States-led allies stepped in to open up a no-fly zone over the region during Operation Provide Comfort. This led in 1992 to the establishment of an autonomous Kurdish zone in northern Iraq under the control of the two dominant Kurdish political parties, the KDP led by Masoud Barzani and the PUK led by Jalal Talabani. This zone incorporates the three governates of Dohuk, Erbil, and Sulimeniyah.

Barzani led the KDP in establishing a government in Iraqi Kurdistan with the PUK. After the invasion of Iraq he became a member of the Iraqi Governing Council and was the president of the council in April 2004. He was elected as the President of the Iraqi Kurdistan region by the Iraqi Kurdistan's Parliament in June 2005.[1]

In his presidency Mr Barzani has established several institutions in the Kurdistan Region to develop its emerging democracy, strengthen alliances and improve the decision-making process. In January 2007 he established the Kurdistan Presidency Council, which includes the Deputy President (Mr Kosrat Rasul Ali), the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Kurdistan National Assembly, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and the Chief of Staff of the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region.

Mr Barzani also helped to form the Council of Kurdistan Political Parties which he chairs and includes the figureheads of the following political parties in Kurdistan: Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kurdistan Toilers Party, Kurdistan Democratic Socialist Party, Kurdistan Islamic Union, and Islamic Group of Kurdistan.

As President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani has made official visits to several countries including: meeting with US President George Bush at the White House (25 October 2005), UK Prime Minister Tony Blair at Downing Street (31 October 2005), The Pope at the Vatican (14 November 2005), Italian Prime Minister Belrescuni in Rome (13 November 2005), King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh (13 March 2007) and King Abdullah of Jordan in Amman (19 March 2007).



Washington DC, April, 2012








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