Thousands of drivers supporting Kurdish independence rallied in the city of Duhok, Monday, as Iraq gears up for a non-binding referendum on September 25th. The drivers waved flags out of their windows, beeped their horns and chanted in a display of Kurdish patriotism. «We will stay here every night, we will come out at this time until the referendum day. We live in prison and want to get out... Еще, and most of the Kurdish people want to secede from Iraq, and to establish a Kurdish state to foster peaceful coexistence with all neighbouring countries,» said Abdul Wahab Duski, independence supporter. The independence movement gathered momentum after government-backed Iraqi forces withdrew from areas controlled by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), leaving largely Kurdish forces to regain, and expand, their territory in northern Iraq.