Fred, Pascal and Kim watch a small surveillance drone returning from a reconnaissance mission above a militant position near Daquq.
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The translator rushed toward the rudimentary trailer housing the French volunteers who came to Iraq to fight against Daesh (ISIS) alongside Kurdish forces.Gen. Araz Abdel-Kader, who commands the Kurdish peshmerga forces stationed in Daquq, a town around 200 kilometers north of Baghdad, had just received information on possible militant movements near the front line.Fred, Kim and Pascal are among six former servicemen from France forming the French contingent in Daquq, not counting Bella the dog, the group's mascot.They have called themselves "Unit 732," a reference to the date of a battle that saw Frankish-led forces defeat the troops of the Umayyad Caliphate in central France.Other foreigners have volunteered to fight alongside the Kurds in Iraq and Syria since 2014, but no Western country has been harder hit by Daesh than France and the deadly Nov. 13 attacks in Paris spawned new volunteers.France, a leading member in the coalition against Daesh, is busy trying to track the hundreds of nationals it has among the very militants that Unit 732 wants to battle.
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