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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani talks to reporters in Baghdad in 2007. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who was hospitalized late Wednesday with what unofficially is being described as a stroke, will be taken to Germany for more treatment. (Associated Press)

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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who was hospitalized late Wednesday with what unofficially is being described as a stroke, will be taken to Germany for more treatment. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Aug 17, 2007, file photo, Iraq's President Jalal Talabani talks to reporters in Baghdad, Iraq. The office of Talabani said Tuesday he has been admitted to the hospital for treatment of an unspecified health problem. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani talks to reporters in Baghdad in 2007. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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In this photo released by the Iraqi government, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (second from right) on Thursday formally asks Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (second from left) to form the next government in Baghdad. Mr. al-Maliki agreed. (Associated Press)

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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani rejected a request by President Obama to give up his post in the new government. (Associated Press)

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Leaders of Iraq's main political blocs meeting Monday are (front row, from left) ex-Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani and ex- Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. (Iraqi government via Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Sunday. Mr. Biden spoke with other Iraqi leaders and said "all are going to have to play a meaningful role in this new government." (Associated Press)