An independence referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan was held on 25 September 2017, with preliminary results showing approximately 93.25 percent of votes cast in favour of independence. Despite reporting that the independence referendum would be non-binding, the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) characterised it as binding, although they claimed that an affirmative result would trigger the start of state building and negotiations with Iraq rather than an immediate declaration of independence of Kurdistan. The referendum’s legality was rejected by the federal government of Iraq.
Mahdi Barchian; arrived in Erbil one week prior to the referendum and spent 10 days in Iraqi- Kurdistan and followed Masoud Barezani and his supporters to conduct an exclusive reportage of the real independent kurdistan’s supporters. Mahdi Barchian/NVP Agency