Female members of a Kurdish Peshmerga battalion show their ink-stained fingers after casting their vote in the Kurdish independence referendum in Arbil, on September 25, 2017. 
Iraqi Kurds voted in an independence referendum in defiance of Baghdad which has warned of 'measures' to defend Iraq's unity and threatened to deprive their region of lifeline oil revenues. / AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED        (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)