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.
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.
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.