The coffin of former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani is covered with a Kurdish flag at Sulaimaniya Airport, Iraq October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed
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Jalal Talabani, whose presidency of post-Saddam Iraq symbolized the resurgence of the country's long-oppressed Kurdish people, was brought home Friday and borne to his burial through streets crowded with tens of thousands of mourners.Talabani is affectionately known as Mam, the Kurdish for "uncle".At the airport ceremony, Kurdish regional government leader Massoud Barzani, Talabani's rival for decades in the movement for self-rule, sat between President Masum and Talabani's widow Hero.Talabani had been too ill to express his views about the independence referendum.Talabani's PUK has remained the most powerful political force in his home city of Sulaimaniyah, while Barzani's KDP dominates the regional capital Irbil. Talabani's son, Qubad, is deputy prime minister of the Kurdish Regional Government.
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