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Introduction
Click on the links to read about key people and groups in Iraq
Islamic: Secular: Kurds and others: Governing council:
Overview
Daawa
Sciri
Sadr Group
Iraqi Islamic Party
Kurdish Islamic Union
Sistani & other leaders
Overview
Adnan Pachachi
Ahmed Chalabi (INC)
Iyad Alawi (INA)
Communist Party
Naseer al-Chaderchi
Royalists
Baathists
Overview
Massoud Barzani
Jalal Talabani
Assyrians
Turkmen
Tribal leaders
Marsh Arabs
Overview
Council members
JALAL TALABANI, PUK

Under the command of the veteran Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani, the PUK has created militia forces and a party organisation to rival the traditionally dominant Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

The PUK, founded in June 1975, now claims to be a modern, social-democratic party with a membership of nearly 150,000. The party's literature says the PUK was founded in order to "rebuild and redirect Kurdish society along modern and democratic lines".

Mr Talabani is a member of the Iraqi Governing Council.

Jalal Talabani's group sees itself as a modern, social-democratic party

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