Masrour Barzani, head of the Iraqi Kurdish region’s national Security Council, is pictured here casting his vote during Kurds independence referendum in Erbil.
Polling stations opened their doors at 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) and should close at 6:00 p.m. The final results should be announced within 72 hours.
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The vote, expected to deliver a comfortable “yes” for independence, is not binding and is meant to give Massoud Barzani’s KRG a mandate to negotiate secession of the oil...