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Kurdish Rebel Could Become Iraqi President

Jalal Talabani is leader of one of the two main Kurdish factions in Iraq, and is likely to become Iraq's next president. The job is largely ceremonial, but the symbolism would be significant for the Kurds. Talabani is expected to present a series of tough demands for Kurdish autonomy.

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Ivan Watson
Ivan Watson is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey. Following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, he has served as one of NPR's foreign "firemen," shuttling to and from hotspots around the Middle East and Central Asia.