This is the moment a journalist covering the battle of Mosul stepped in to save a group of puppies buried beneath a collapsed ISIS tunnel.
Joan Soley, a senior producer for the BBC in the Middle East, volunteered to go down into the demolished caves after Iraq special forces blew up the passage not knowing the tiny animals were inside.
Heart warming footage shows the veteran broadcaster cradling an armful of pups as she steps out of the rubble, quietly whispering: “Oh, sweet babies.”
Eventually the mother returned to her litter, and was reunited with her 10 puppies.
Ms Soley later tweeted: “Today – saved puppies from tunnel Daesh was using, and Iraq CTS forces demolished, near Mosul . Good day!”
She added: “Sometimes you have to be yourself; I went into a Daesh tunnel, because, puppies.”
The battle in Mosul has uncovered a vast network of underground tunnels used by ISIS to evade detection and bomb attacks.
As jihadis have abandoned the tunnels, journalists have been invited in with Iraqi soldiers, releasing haunting footage of life as an Islamic State fighter in Mosul.
Many of the tunnels feature running water, electricity, bedrooms and libraries, with enough supplies to survive months at a time underground.