The local Kurdish community gathered in Nashville to protest the Iraqi government and support Kurdish independence.
A month ago, Iraq's Kurds celebrated their symbolic vote for independence as a historic step toward their decades-old dream of statehood.
But instead of moving forward with negotiations toward a smooth divorce from Baghdad, Kurdish politicians have been humiliated with the loss of their most important oil-producing city, Kirkuk. That has squeezed an already ailing economy and dashing hopes of an independent state.
On Wednesday, hundreds gathered in Nashville to support the independence referendum.