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You can catch Pokémon on the frontline of the war with ISIS

pokemon-themed army helmet

Illustration by Max Fleishman

Pokémon Go just won’t quit.

On the frontline of the war against the Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq, it’s 101 degrees today. Somehow, Squirtle still looks well-hydrated.

Louis Park, an American volunteer fighting the Islamic State, caught his first Pokémon playing Pokémon Go on the heavily contested Iraqi frontline. 

The photo of Squirtle standing downsight of an automatic weapon perfectly illustrates just how ubiquitous these little pocket monsters have become.

Louis Park

If the jihadists of the Islamic State start battling Pokemon against their enemies, there’s yet another layer of the war to look out for: Anyone playing Pokemon GO in Iraq is doing so on an unofficial version, which hackers are now using to attack and take over smartphones.

H/T The Big Pharaoh 

Patrick Howell O'Neill

Patrick Howell O'Neill

Patrick Howell O'Neill is a notable cybersecurity reporter whose work has focused on the dark net, national security, and law enforcement. A former senior writer at the Daily Dot, O'Neill joined CyberScoop in October 2016. I am a cybersecurity journalist at CyberScoop. I cover the security industry, national security and law enforcement.