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Feature - Iraqi Kurdistan Referendum
Emin Ozmen
On September 25, 2017, several million Kurds took to the polls to vote in a landmark independence referendum almost a hundred years in the making. Having been denied statehood since the redrawing of Middle Eastern borders at the end of World War I, the Kurds are often viewed as the world’s largest ethnic group without a permanent nation state. The move towards independence could come at a high political cost for semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan - Iraq and Turkey have both threatened a military response to the vote. But none of this seemed to dampen the spirits of Iraqi Kurds, who took to the streets...

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IRAQ, Erbil. People pray during a rally for the upcoming referendum...
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IRAQ, Erbil. People wave Kurdish flags during a rally for the...
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IRAQ, Erbil. People wave Kurdish flags during a rally for the...
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IRAQ, Erbil. People wave Kurdish flags during a rally for the...
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IRAQ, Erbil. People wave Kurdish flags during a rally for the...
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IRAQ, Erbil. Security forces stands on the tribune during a rally...
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IRAQ, Erbil. Iraqi Kurdistan president Masoud Barzani speaks...
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IRAQ, Erbil. Police and security staff try to keep people from...
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IRAQ, Erbil. Police and security staff try to keep people from...
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IRAQ, Erbil. Polling officers are seen controlling name lists...
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IRAQ, Erbil. A young girl stands near the window as her parents...
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IRAQ, Kirkuk. Polling officers are seen controlling name lists...
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IRAQ, Kirkuk, A man is seen casting his referendum vote at a...
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IRAQ, Erbil. Women stand with the Kurdish flag near a voting...
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IRAQ, Kirkuk. People celebrate on their motorbikes as they pass...
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IRAQ, Kirkuk. People celebrate in their cars as they pass a voting...
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IRAQ, Kirkuk. Peshmerga statue which is located near the gate...
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IRAQ, Kirkuk. People celebrate in their cars as they pass a voting...
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IRAQ, Kirkuk. Peshmerga soldiers fire their guns in the air...
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IRAQ, Erbil. People wave Kurdish flags during a rally for the...
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IRAQ, Erbil. People wave Kurdish flags during a rally for the...
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