Father: General Mustafa Barzani, was chief of the military of the Kurdish Republic of Mahabad
Mother: Hamayil Khan
Marriage: Married (name unavailable publicly)
Children: Eight children
Religion: Sunni Muslim
Fluent in Kurmanji (Kurdish), Arabic, Farsi (Persian) and English.
Leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) since 1979.
Barzani was born on the same day that the KDP was founded in 1946.
1962 – Quits school to join the Peshmerga (Kurdish fighters).
1970 – Is a member of the Kurdish delegation in talks with the government of Baghdad seeking a peace accord authorizing Kurdish self-government. An agreement is reached between Iraqi government and Kurds granting some autonomy.
1979 – Escapes an assassination attempt in Vienna, Austria.
1979 – Elected president of the KDP after the death of his father.
1994 – The Kurds in northern Iraq are divided into eastern and western political factions. Barzani is…