Dean Parker, a commercial housepainter and avid surfer from Florida, traveled to northern Iraq to fight with the Kurdish Peshmerga against ISIS.

Dean Parker, a commercial housepainter and avid surfer from Florida, traveled to northern Iraq to fight with the Kurdish Peshmerga against ISIS. 

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Dean Parker was sitting on his couch one evening when he saw a news report about Kurds fighting on northern Iraq's Mount Sinjar, where ISIS had trapped thousands of people from the Yazidi religious sect. So he decided to do something about it. The next he was packing body armor and preparing to fight with Kurdish forces against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria.

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Now Parker is waiting for a flight home — and knows he has some explaining to do to the FBI and Homeland Security.

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