If ever a little girl deserved to cry it is ten-year-old Aysha. For three days without food or water, she had clung desperately to her mother as the terrifying battle to liberate Mosul from the clutches of the barbaric Islamic State raged outside their home.
When salvation finally arrived, in the form of burly Iraqi troops, she bravely fought back tears and with fear, trauma and relief etched across her pretty face desperately thanked her rescuers, offering even to kiss their feet.
Their village of Kafer, 18 miles from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, has been under the control of the Islamist fanatics since 2014 when the army fled in the face of their ruthless advance.
But last Thursday following days of relentless air strikes and fierce fighting, liberation finally came.
A young girl (pictured) and her mother are safely evacuated from their home by Iraqi Army…