Peshmerga fighters deploy in central Kirkuk prior to a rally organized in as part of a large campaign for the referendum.
The contested and multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk, with Kurdish Arabs and Turkmen city went in control of Kurdish forces during the advance of Isis in 2014.
A Turkmen guards the building of the Turkmen political party of Kirkuk, that the night before was attacked by unknown gunmen.
Kurdish father and son attend a rally in the heavily contested city of Tuz Khormato. south of Kirkuk.
The city became bitterly divided by walls to prevent clashes between Kurdish and PMF (Shia fighters) that control divided areas of the city. The Graffiti in one of the walls reads in Kurdish · Yes for Independent Kurdistan”.
Men attend a rally in Tuz Khormato despite the rising tensions prior to the of the referendum vote.
People walk around the Hariri stadium in one of the last massive events organized by the ruling KDP party in Erbil.
Thousand arrived to hear to president Barzani and other Kurdish officials prior to the date of the referendum vote.
People gathered in the stadium since 1pm until the evening in a massive rally organized by the KRG government in Erbil capital of the KRG.
Despite the lack of support of the international community many attended to the organized rally where President Barzani held a speech.
A woman and his kids arrive at a voting station prepared in a school in Kirkuk city.
During the day people arrived to different voting stations in Kirkuk to vote.
People went to the streets to celebrate the referendum vote in Kirkuk.
People gather in the citadel of Krikuk to celebrate the vote for the referendum of independence of Kurdistan in the contested city of Kirkuk Iraq.
The statue of a peshmerga soldier is seen in the entrance of Kirkuk the contested city between the KRG and the central Iraqi government.