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Foreign volunteers take aim at IS while they still can

Fred, a French volunteer in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, looks towards a jihadist position in Daquq, north of Baghdad on December 7, 2015Growing numbers of Westerners appear to be trying to join the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq before it’s too late, frontline volunteer warriors say. IS group jihadists have suffered a string of setbacks in Iraq and Syria in recent months, including the loss of key towns and facilities surrounding the remaining major strongholds in their self-declared “caliphate” — Mosul in Iraq and Raqa in Syria. The volunteers are eager despite being strongly discouraged — and sometimes banned by their home countries — from doing so.

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