Seán Laidlaw initially thought he'd heard an injured child. Somewhere under the rubble of an Isis-bombed building in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the sound of mewling escaped. Laidlaw, a bomb disposal expert and veteran of two tours of Afghanistan with the Royal Engineers, was with a small team of other soldiers in February 2018, clearing thousands of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) hidden in the city by so-called Islamic State.

"We had just finished in one compound, so me and another guy were walking back to get tea when we heard really loud screaming. I got on the radio to

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