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My war dog: this soldier rescued a Syrian pup, then she saved his life

Battling PTSD, Seán Laidlaw went back to Raqqa, where he found a stray who helped him save himself

Guy Kelly

Seán Laidlaw initially thought he’d heard an injured child. Somewhere under the rubble of an Islamic State-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 IS. “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 our security team, who were watching out in case anything happened, but they said all was quiet,” Laidlaw, 31, recalls.

“A few of us went over to where it was coming from and lifted a slab of concrete. The moment we did, she shot out.”..

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