A picture taken on October 10, 2017, shows Syrian photographer Ahmed Khatib checking his pictures next to damaged building in the village of Marayan in the Idlib province. AFP / OMAR HAJ KADOUR
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Delbrin Sadeq – a chemist battling Daesh (ISIS)A year before Daesh militants turned Raqqa into their Syrian capital, Kurdish student Delbrin Sadeq was studying pure and applied chemistry at the city's university.Sadeq then traded books for bullets as she took the decision to sign up with the all-female Women's Protection Units (YPJ) and fight alongside male comrades from the Kurdish People's Protection Units.Eventually the Kurdish fighters became the spearhead of a U.S.-backed force to oust Daesh from its strongholds – with Raqqa the ultimate goal.After four months of ferocious urban combat, Sadeq and her comrades finally took full control of Raqqa on Oct. 17 . "It was only the battle to recapture the city that brought me back," Sadeq said.The university where she studied was the scene of fierce fighting.engineer to reporterAhmad Khatib was a third-year civil engineering student at Tishreen University in the coastal city of Latakia when the revolt against President Bashar Assad's rule broke out across Syria in March 2011 .
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