Muhammad Fuad Masum, President of Iraq (since Jul 24, 2014)
Fuad Masum was born in the city of Koya. His family descends from the village of Khabanen, which is part of Hawraman. He studied at various religious schools in Kurdistan until the age of 18. He studied law and Sharia at Baghdad University. In 1958, Masum traveled to Cairo to complete his higher education at Al-Azhar University. He worked as a professor in Basrah University in 1968. He earned his PhD in Islamic philosophy from Al-Azhar in 1975.
Masum is married and has five daughters: Shereen (b. 1969), Juwan (b. 1970), Zozan (b. 1977), Shilan (b. 1980) and Veian (b. 1983). He had a son, Showan (b. 1973), who died from a childhood illness in 1988.
Jalal Talabani, Former President of Iraq
1933 – Born in Kelkan, Iraq.
1946 – Formed a Kurdish student association in secret.
1953 – He was allowed to enter law school. He originally wished to be admitted to a medical school but was denied.
1956 – Hid and escaped his arrest for being the founder and Secretary Genereal of the Kurdistan Student Union.
1958 – Returned to law school and became the editor of two publications, Khabat and Kurdistan.
1959 – After graduating, he joined the Iraqi army and served as the commander of a tank unit.
1962 – Liberated the district of Sharbazher from the Iraqi government forces by leading a coordinated offensive.
1991 – Inspired the Kurdish to revolt against Saddam Hussein.
2005 – Elected as the President of Iraq.
2006 – He was elected as the President of Iraq, his second term in the government, on the 22nd of April.