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But in this crucible of ethnic violence – where Sunnis, Shia, Turkmen and even Al-Qaeda are vying for control of the province – live combat isn’t the only challenge Sarhad must face in his day job. Kidnappings and political blackmail are commonplace in a state where human lives are the only currency, and Sarhad has also learnt the art of diplomacy. "Most of the IS leaders I am speaking to were my prisoners", he explains. "Unfortunately they were released by the anti-terrorism department. We had enough evidence to arrest them, but later they were released. Now I have to negotiate with these people."
With a justice system that undermines the efforts of its own agents, and simmering suspicions that certain sects are using the crisis to their advantage, the task faced by Sarhad and his men is gargantuan. But their determination – as well as their awareness of the risks – is unquestionable, even as the very fabric of their country unravels around them. "Now our blood is mixed with the city, it's hard to let go. I can tell you every weekend when I say goodbye to my family, I don’t believe I will return."
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