Ammar al-Waeli is a journalist covering the fighting in Mosul, a city in northern Iraq. A stunning video captured the moment a sniper bullet whizzed past his face, shattering the GoPro attached to his shoulder.


On May 12, al-Waeli was covering the Iraqi army offensive to recapture the western side of Mosul from Islamic State group forces. He was chatting with a colleague when a bullet narrowly missed his face, and his GoPro exploded.

The close call was filmed by Owen Holdaway, a British freelance journalist.

In this video, you can see the bullet skim past his face.

Al-Waeli was also filming at that moment. Cut by flying pieces of glass and plastic, he has blood on his face and seems stunned.

"It's a Daesh sniper, but thank God the bullet didn't hit me," he says.

Videos filmed by Ammar al-Waeli.
Al-Waeli took a photo of himself with his broken GoPro in his hand. "God's benevolence and this camera saved my life," he wrote in a Facebook post.


The near-death experience has not dissuaded the journalist. On the contrary: by the next morning, he was back in a car, singing cheerfully on his way to the frontline.