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An Iraqi Kurdish boy holds a Kurdish flag at a stadium in Arbil which is being used as a polling station as voters cast their ballots in the Kurdish independence referendum on September 25, 2017. Iraqi Kurds voted in an independence referendum, defying warnings from Baghdad and their neighbours in a historic step towards a national dream. / AFP / AHMED DEEB
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Kurds celebrate during their independence referendum in Kirkuk, Iraq September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Iraqi Kurds show their ink-stained fingers after casting their votes in the Kurdish independence referendum in the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, on September 25, 2017. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Iraqi Kurds arrive to cast their vote in the Kurdish independence referendum at a stadium in Arbil which is being used as a polling station on September 25, 2017. Iraqi Kurds voted in an independence referendum, defying warnings from Baghdad and their neighbours in a historic step towards a national dream. / AFP / AHMED DEEB
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Kurdish people living in Austria take part in a rally in support of the Kurdish referendum outside the Parliament in Vienna, Austria September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
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A member of the Kurdish security forces cats his vote in the Kurdish independence referendum in the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, on September 25, 2017. Iraqi Kurds are voting in an independence referendum in defiance of Baghdad and regional neighbours, as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warns of "necessary measures" to protect the country's unity. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Iraqi Kurdish man and his wife show their inked fingers after casting a vote during the referendum on independence from Iraq in Irbil, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Iraq's Kurdish region vote in a referendum on whether to secede from Iraq. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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A woman casts her vote at a polling station during Kurds independence referendum in Kirkuk, Iraq September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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A female members of a Kurdish Peshmerga battalion casts her vote in the Kurdish independence referendum in Arbil, on September 25, 2017. Iraqi Kurds voted in an independence referendum in defiance of Baghdad which has warned of "measures" to defend Iraq's unity and threatened to deprive their region of lifeline oil revenues. / AFP / SAFIN HAMED
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Christians displaced from Nineveh Plains vote during Kurds independence referendum at the Ashti 2 refugee camp in Erbil, Iraq September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Iraqi Kurds casts their votes in the Kurdish independence referendum in the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, on September 25, 2017. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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An Iraqi Kurdish man poses with his inked fingers after casting a vote during a referendum on independence from Iraq in Irbil, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Iraqi Shiite lawmaker Hakim al-Zamili, says parliament has approved several tough measures in response to the Iraqi Kurds' contentious vote on independence from Baghdad. The referendum on independence is non-binding, but it has strained tensions with Baghdad and regional powers. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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An Iraqi Kurdish man shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote in the Kurdish independence referendum in the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, on September 25, 2017. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Iraqi Kurds queue up to cast their vote on the Kurdish independence referendum at a stadium in Arbil on September 25, 2017. Iraqi Kurds voted in an independence referendum, defying warnings from Baghdad and their neighbours in a historic step towards a national dream. / AFP / AHMED DEEB
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Members of a Kurdish Peshmerga battalion show their ink-stained fingers in front of a Kurdish flag after voting in the Kurdish independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 25, 2017. Iraqi Kurds voted in an independence referendum in defiance of Baghdad which has warned of "measures" to defend Iraq's unity and threatened to deprive their region of lifeline oil revenues. / AFP / SAFIN HAMED
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An Iraqi Kurdish woman shows her ink-stained finger after casting her vote in the Kurdish independence referendum in the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, on September 25, 2017. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
Updated 25 September 2017

Iraq Kurds in historic independence vote in defiance of Baghdad

Iraqi Kurds started voting in an independence referendum Monday in defiance of Baghdad which has warned of “measures” to defend Iraq’s unity and threatened to deprive their region of lifeline oil revenues.AP/AFP/REUTERS .