Iraq: Voting for Kurdish independence referendum gets underway in Kirkuk

The polling stations opened at 08:00 local time (05:00 GMT), in Kirkuk, Monday, as people across the city queued in long lines in order to cast their votes in a historic referendum on the Kurdish independence from Iraq/ According to Halkwat Abdullah Aziz, head of the Asayish in Kirkuk, the security forces have worked to «control and protect all the polling stations and the city very well... Еще.» Kirkuk is one of Iraq's disputed territories that have been a source of tensions between the Baghdad and the Erbil government, who both lay claim to them. Kirkuk, an oil-rich province, was included in the referendum amid controversy.

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