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Marine vets catching Pokemon in Mosul, Iraq

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In a tale of the truth being stranger than fiction, a US Marine veteran assisting a Christian militia in Iraq is taking the fight to ISIS fighters- in addition to fulfilling his quest of becoming a Pokemon Master.

Afghanistan War veteran Louis Park -who is currently in northern Iraq- recently posted a photo of his combination of combat exploits and use of the cellphone game Pokemon Go as he held the line in Mosul.

“So Pokemon Go works here,” Park wrote on Instagram, capturing a photo of a Squirtle Pokemon standing near his belt-fed light machine gun.

“Just caught my first pokemon on the Mosul front line,” he wrote. “Daesh, come challenge me to a pokemon battle,” he wrote on Facebook Friday, two days after the game’s release.

According to the New York Post, the game is -an augmented-reality game co-created by Niantic and the Pokemon Company- uses GPS and cameras on mobile devices to lead them on scavenger hunts in real life, hunting fictional characters of the 90’s era Nintendo universe. The app has already been downloaded to more American phones than the popular dating app, Tinder.

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