Daquq is located south of Kirkuk and 50km north of Baqubah. Variant transliterations include Tawuq, Tawud, Tauq, Tauk and Tavuk [but it should not be confused with Dihok/Dahuk which is a much larger town to the northwest of Mosul].
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Soldiers from Co. A, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Rgt. execute missions from their FOB in Daquq, located between Tuz and Kirkuk. Task Force 1-14 Inf. conducts operations in more than 40 villages and towns of AO South. The types of missions vary and included meeting with local Iraqi leaders and conducting raids.
Paratroopers from 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade, did not had it easy in Iraq. Throughout most of their deployment, the 1-508th Inf. (Abn) was deployed in forward operating urban patrol bases, far forward from the rest of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Because 1-508th had been deployed forward and usually live in the most dangerous towns in Northern Iraq, they've sustained the most casualties in the brigade. In 2003, during the hot summer months in Al Huwija, 1-508th Inf (Abn) was constantly ambushed during the day. The only thing they had to look forward to at night was a barrage of mortars, courtesy of the "Mad Mortarmen." The Mad Mortarmen is what 1-508th Inf (Abn) named the group of Iraqis who constantly harassed them at night with mortar barrages. Luckily for the 1-508th, the Mad Mortarmen didn't have the best aim. After moving operations southwest to Daquq and Tuz, to prevent people like the Mad Mortarmen from entering Northern Iraq, 1-508th Inf (Abn) was met with more ambushes and attacks.
By early April 2004 ten Fort Benning drill sergeants from B Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, were on the ground in Iraq as part of a pilot program to use American drill sergeants as trainers for the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps. The drill sergeants deployed in January on 179-day orders. The drill sergeants had served in Bilad, Kirkuk, Tuz, Al Fallujah, Daquq, Tazul, Tikrit and Baqubah in the few months they had been in Iraq.
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