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Tuesday, 5 March, 2002, 05:11 GMT
Iraqi Kurdish leader visits Turkey

The leader of one of the main Kurdish groups in northern Iraq - Jalal Talabani, of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan - is in Turkey for meetings with government figures.

The PUK shares control of northern Iraq with the rival Kurdistan Democratic Party, under the protection of British and American air patrols based in Turkey.

Mr Talabani's visit to Ankara comes at a time of growing concern in the region that the United States may be planning military action against Iraq.

A BBC correspondent says both Turkey and the Iraqi Kurds fear the instability that might result from any attempt to bring down the Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein.

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