Fleeing civilians walk past the heavily damaged al-Nuri mosque as Iraqi forces continue their advance against Islamic State group militants in the old city of Mosul, Iraq, on July 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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An estimated 40,000 people traveled from around the world to take up arms for Daesh (ISIS) as it occupied territory in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate in 2014 .A few hundred are believed to still be fighting as Daesh struggles to survive, having lost most of its territory to campaigns by Western-backed Syrian and Iraqi coalition armies.In France, officials say, around 1,700 people went to Iraq and Syria since 2013 to join Daesh.Local people in the northern Afghanistan province of Jowzjan have told AFP that French-speaking Daesh veterans -- from France or northern African countries -- have recently set up camp there.
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