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A soldier played Pokémon Go while fighting ISIS in Iraq

Ex-US marine challenges Islamic State to Pokémon battle through a Facebook post

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 July, 2016, 1:03am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 July, 2016, 10:01am

Ever since Pokémon Go launched last week, people all around the US have been walking down the streets trying to catch a Pidgey or a Rattata.

People are playing the game everywhere — even on the battlefield.

Louis Park, an ex-US marine, traveled to Iraq to work with a militia fighting ISIS in Northern Iraq. Park is active on social media and open about his experiences at war. He found a way to lighten the mood by playing Pokémon Go in the middle of the desert. 

He posted a screenshot of a Squirtle, one of the game's three starter creatures. Meanwhile, a Poké Ball rested on his rifle:

"Just caught my first pokemon on the Mosul front line by Teleskuf. Daesh, come challenge me to a pokemon battle." Park wrote on Facebook, referencing Daesh, a disparaging nickname given to ISIS.

This proves that yes, you can find yourself a Pokémon literally anywhere you look.

The original post was later no longer available. A notice said it may have been removed or the privacy settings of the post may have changed.

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