Polls Open For Iraqi Kurdistan Independence Vote

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Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani casts his vote in the Kurdish independence referendum at a polling station near Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 25, 2017.

Iraqi Kurds began voting on Monday in a historic independence referendum despite the opposition of Baghdad and neighbouring states, AFP reporters said.

The vote, initiated by veteran leader Massud Barzani, is being held across the three northern provinces of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan, Arbil, Sulaimaniyah and Dohuk, as well as in disputed bordering zones such as the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

 



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