Iraq's President Jalal Talabani talks to reporters in Baghdad, Iraq August 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who has been in Germany for medical treatment since December 2012, will return home Saturday, his party said in a statement.Talabani has been Iraq's head of state since 2005, as part of an unofficial power-sharing deal reserving the post of president for the Kurds.Recent weeks have also seen escalating tensions between the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Talabani's old rival Massoud Barzani, the president of the autonomous Kurdish region.Maliki has accused the Kurds of undermining national unity, taking advantage of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) jihadist group's offensive and even of harboring some its operatives.
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