A week after Turkey withdrew troops from northern Iraq, claiming its military initiative against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was successfully completed, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani met with Turkish President Abdullah Gul to try to figure out how regional tensions might be contained in the future.
After a brief stint in an Iraqi hospital, President Jalal Talabani was flown to Jordan, where he was again hospitalized. His office said there was no cause for worry, but inconsistent reports on his status have clouded the picture—he’s either suffering from kidney problems or low blood pressure, depending on who is asked.
Iraq’s president met with his Iranian counterpart on Monday, asking for assistance with his nation’s growing security crisis. Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded warmly: “Definitely, the Iranian government and nation will stand next to its brother Iraq and will do every help it can to strengthen security in Iraq.”