In recent weeks, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have slowly but surely moved toward Mosul, where the goal is to get rid of the terrorist group IS.
The closer to the metropolis, the harder the fighting gets, which two CNN reporters got to see up close.
Experienced CNN war correspondent, Arwa Damon, and photojournalist Brice Laine, joined the Iraqi army as they advanced against Mosul.
There they had 28 heart-pounding hours, where the soldiers and the CNN team were surrounded, shot at, and filmed by IS fighters.
Many hours later, reinforcements finally arrived and reporters and soldiers could breathe easier.
Here is her story about the nerve-wrecking hours in enemy territory, which provides a glimpse into how difficult it can be in a war zone:
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