Despite threats from foreign governments and Baghdad, Kurds went to the polls on Monday anticipating a 'Yes' vote for independence
ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan - Kurds took to the streets of Erbil as polling closed on 25 September for the referendum on whether Iraqi Kurdistan should become independent.
Music blared, people danced, fireworks were set off and flags were waved from the tops of buildings, cars and trucks in anticipation of what is almost certain to be a "Yes" vote in the referendum.
"Bye bye Iraq! Bye bye Iraq" chanted Kurdish revellers, as crowds gathered near the citadel in central Erbil following the closure of the polls at 7pm local time.