Medical team from Germany arrives in Iraq to treat President Talabani after he suffers stroke

The Associated Press

BAGHDAD - An Iraqi lawmaker says a medical team has arrived from Germany to treat ailing President Jalal Talabani, who remains in a Baghdad intensive care unit after suffering a stroke.

Kurdish parliament member Mahmoud Othman said Wednesday that Talabani is "in a better situation than yesterday." The president was rushed to the hospital late Monday, and doctors were working to stabilize him into the following day.

Othman says the 79-year-old Talabani may be transferred to Germany for further treatment. Neighboring Turkey has separately offered to send an air ambulance to fly the president to a hospital abroad.

Officials said Tuesday that Talabani was in stable condition.

The presidential spokesman could not be reached for comment.