For more than 28 hours, CNN international correspondent Arwa Damon and photojournalist Brice Laine were besieged with Iraqi special forces following an attack on ISIS in Mosul.
Arwa and the team sit while waiting for backup
The reporters’ convoy was attacked with grenades, car bombs and RPGs. They took shelter inside a family’s home.
Brice sits with a head injury at a civilian house after their MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle took a direct hit
Despite most of the solders being wounded, they kept fighting because ISIS kept attacking. The soldiers called repeatedly for backup but none came. After being stranded and facing being overrun for nearly 24-hours, backup finally arrived and the reporters and wounded were evacuated.
Damon has a hour-by-hour account of the experience HERE, and Laine has a 10 minute video of his and Damon’s experiences.
Damon’s and Laine’s experiences make for a good story. I think they are fortunate to have survived with only a minor injury. Hopefully the rest of the Mosul campaign is going better than is portrayed here.