Mideast Iraq

April 28, 2012 - 10:46 AM
Kurdish president Massoud Barzani, center, welcomes Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr upon his arrival in Irbil, a city in the Kurdish controlled north 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 26, 2012. A hardline Shiite cleric is meeting with the president of Iraq's Kurdish region to try to end a political crisis that has deadlocked the nation's government. Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr offered plans Thursday to resolve the impasse through political inclusiveness.(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)