Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers push past debris in Raqqa, the site of fierce fighting with the Islamic State. (Alice Martins/For The Washington Post)

Stunning photos from inside the dying center of the Islamic State

The fight against the Islamic State for control of the Syrian stronghold is a daily replay of horrors. Photographer Alice Martins captured them for The Washington Post.

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Jul 4, 2017 · 7 min read
Ahmed Brazu, second from front left, sits in the back of a pickup truck with his family after they fled Raqqa. At one point, they had to hide in a mosque. (Alice Martins/For The Washington Post)
In a neighborhood in the western part of Raqqa, smoke rises in the wake of an airstrike. (Alice Martins/For The Washington Post)

A deadly start

In western Raqqa, Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers take aim on a minaret that they suspect holds an Islamic State sniper. (Alice Martins/For The Washington Post)
Shoes and clothing are strewn outside an abandoned shop in an eastern Raqqa neighborhood. (Alice Martins/For The Washington Post)
A Syrian Democratic Forces soldier listens in on military-radio chatter at his position on the eastern edge of Raqqa. (Alice Martins/For The Washington Post)
Improvised bombs used by Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers are piled at a position in the Mishlab district. (Alice Martins/For The Washington Post)
Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers carry supplies to a front-line position in Raqqa. (Alice Martins/For The Washington Post)

A struggle with snipers

Amid the constant presence of rubble, a Syrian Democratic Forces soldier watches over a Raqqa rooftop. (Alice Martins/For The Washington Post)
A sniper for the Peoples’ Protection Units keeps an eye on Islamic State positions in the east part of Raqqa. (Alice Martins/For The Washington Post)
The view from a Syrian Democratic Forces sniper position between two walls in the eastern part of Raqqa. (Alice Martins/For The Washington Post)

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