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Former Iraq president Jalal Talabani dies aged 83

Former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani has died at the age of 83, Kurdish officials said.

A close family friend and a senior Kurdish official in Irbil said Mr Talabani died in a Berlin hospital after his condition rapidly deteriorated on Tuesday.

He had suffered a stroke in 2012 and was moved to a German hospital later that year for treatment.

Mr Talabani led one of Iraq's main Kurdish factions and went on to become the country's president after the 2003 US-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein.

He was often seen as a unifying elder statesman who could soothe tempers among Iraq's Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds.

AP

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