Iraqis Kurds celebrate with the Kurdish flag in the streets of the northern city of Kirkuk on September 25, 2017 as they vote in a referendum on independence. AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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A curfew on parts of Iraq's Kirkuk was lifted Tuesday and the city was calm despite fears of unrest over a vote on Kurdish independence.The city of about one million is divided between Arab, Kurdish and Turkmen populations and took part in the independence vote despite not being part of northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.The non-Arab Kurds say that historically Kirkuk belongs to them, arguing that the late dictator Saddam Hussein chased them out and replaced them with Arabs.
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