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CNN crew caught in middle of all-out assault in Mosul

Updated 2204 GMT (0604 HKT) November 5, 2016

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Mosul, Iraq (CNN)For more than 28 hours, CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon and photojournalist Brice Laine were with Iraqi special forces during their push into ISIS-held Mosul. It was a new phase of the liberation operation — switching from villages and open terrain to a dense city that a well-equipped ISIS is determined to defend.

        Iraqi special forces advance on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, as an airstrike targets ISIS positions on Friday, November 4. An Iraqi-led offensive is underway to reclaim Mosul, Iraqs second-largest city and the last major stronghold for ISIS in the country.Iraqi soldiers patrol an alley on the outskirts of Mosul on November 4. Heavy fighting erupted in Mosuls eastern neighborhoods as Iraqi special forces pushed further into the city.Rockets are fired from the Qayyara military base on November 4. Iraq is leading a coalition that also includes Kurdish and American troops.A suspected member of ISIS is detained at a checkpoint near Bartella, Iraq, on November 4.A convoy of trucks carries displaced people away from Mosul on November 4. Iraqi forces have freed dozens of villages in their advance on Mosul, yet more than 1 million civilians are still trapped in the ISIS-held city.Iraqi families flee the fighting on November 4 near the village of Gogjali. Thousands are taking refuge in camps set up for internally displaced people.A girl pauses in the doorway of a tent in the Khazer camp on November 4.Iraqi families pack into a truck to be moved to camps on Thursday, November 3.A member of Iraqs special forces uses a helmet as a decoy while a sniper takes aim at ISIS positions in Gogjali on November 3.A child peers through a car window in the village of Bazwaya on November 3.Children play near a burning oil field in Qayyara, south of Mosul, on November 3.A woman waves to Iraqi soldiers patrolling Gogjali on Wednesday, November 2.The graves of eight family members are seen in Faziliya, north of Mosul, on Tuesday, November 1. The family was killed in late October when their home was hit in an airstrike.An Iraqi special forces soldier searches for the location of an ISIS sniper in Gogjali on November 1.A man fleeing the village of Bazwaia carries a white flag as he arrives at a checkpoint on November 1.An Iraqi soldier guards the Bertilla front on November 1. Iraq is leading a coalition that also includes Kurdish and American troops.Iraqi forces fire artillery at ISIS targets on the Bertilla front on November 1.Iraqi forces run for cover after a mortar shell struck near the village of Bazwaya on Monday, October 31.An Iraqi soldier receives treatment after being injured during clashes with ISIS fighters near Bazwaya on October 31.Iraqi soldiers carry an injured comrade near Bazwaya on October 31.An Iraqi soldier navigates through a shattered windshield as coalition forces advance on Bazwaya on October 31.Archbishop Yohanna Petros Mouche, center, performs Mass in the liberated town of Qaraqosh on Sunday, October 30.Children play in a camp for internally displaced people near Kirkuk, Iraq, on October 30. More than 600 families from Tel Afar, a town west of Mosul, have been living in the camp since ISIS took control of the area in 2014.Shiite fighters launch missiles against ISIS in the village of Salmani, south of Mosul, on October 30.Shiite fighters advance toward Salmani on October 30.Displaced families are seen on the road near Qayyara, south of Mosul, on Saturday, October 29.U.S. military personnel take cover in a bunker after a mortar alarm was sounded at a coalition air base in Qayyara on Friday, October 28. An Iraqi forces member stands on top a military vehicle near the village of Sin al-Dhuban, south of Mosul, on Thursday, October 27.Iraqi forces advance toward Sin al-Dhuban on October 27.Women and children grieve over the grave of a family member at a Qayyara cemetery damaged by ISIS on October 27.Iraqis who fled Mosul reunite with relatives at a refugee camp in the Khazir area on Wednesday, October 26.A family walks near billowing smoke from burning oil wells and sulfur fires that were set by ISIS fighters on October 26.An Iraqi federal police vehicle clears a checkpoint in Qayyara on October 26.Residents of Qayyara wait for distribution of food and water rations on October 26. Local water sources have been contaminated by the burning oil and sulfur.A woman wears a mask to alleviate her difficulty breathing due to the contaminated air in Qayyara on October 26.Iraqi forces patrol the Kirkuk area for members of ISIS on October 25. The terror group has launched surprise attacks in other parts of Iraq, including Kirkuk, to distract coalition forces from the Mosul campaign and to tie up their resources elsewhere.Iraqs counterterrorism forces advance toward ISIS positions in Tob Zawa on October 25.Soldiers give first aid to an injured boy in Tob Zawa on October 25. Iraqi families walk at a camp for displaced people near Qayyara on Monday, October 24.Families displaced by the Mosul operation wait for food near Qayyara on October 24.Displaced families gather near Qayyara on October 24.The displaced receive food near Qayyara on October 24. Kurdish Peshmerga forces take positions as they start to move toward the Imam Reza and Tizxirab villages of the Bashiqa district on Sunday, October 23.Iraqi forces distribute fruit to children in the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, after recapturing it from ISIS on October 23.Spent bullet cartridges litter the street around the Jihad Hotel on October 22, where ISIS militants battled Iraqi security forces in Kirkuk the previous day.Kurdish security forces detain a suspected member of ISIS in the eastern suburbs of Kirkuk on Saturday, October 22.An Iraqi forces member helps a man push a car as they arrive at a refugee camp in Qayyara on October 22.Iraqi special forces hold a cross found in the Christian town of Bartella on October 22. Iraqi forces recaptured Bartella but still faced some resistance in the area.An Iraqi boy who lost an eye in fighting between government forces and ISIS poses for a photograph in the Debaga refugee camp on October 22.Gen. Abdel Ghani al-Asadi, who leads Iraqs counterterrorism forces, sits in Bartella on Friday, October 21 after the town was reclaimed.Peshmerga fighters look over a village during an assault near Bashiqa on October 20.A coalition fighter covers his ears before another fires artillery on ISIS positions in Nawaran on October 20.Peshmerga forces are seen during an attack on ISIS targets in the village of Naveran.A flag flies as Peshmerga fighters prepare to fire a rocket near Bashiqa on October 20.A Peshmerga fighter takes aim near Naveran on October 20.Iraqi soldiers travel along a road near Qayyara as clouds of black smoke rise in the sky on Wednesday, October 19.Iraqi forces fire a howitzer toward the village of Tall al-Tibah on October 19.Iraqi soldiers raise their weapons in celebration on the outskirts of Qayyara on October 19.Iraqi soldiers look on as smoke rises from the Qayyara area.A street is covered with smoke from the Qayyara fire.Iraqi forces head toward the front lines near Qayyara on Tuesday, October 18.Iraqi forces in Bajwaniyah on October 18.Smoke rises from an ISIS position after a coalition airstrike in Mosul on October 18.Civilians herd sheep from a village near Mosul on October 18. The smoke came from oil wells ISIS set on fire to limit the visibility of coalition pilots.Kurdish Peshmerga forces are on the front line in Nineveh, Iraq, on October 18.A Peshmerga fighter peers up from an underground tunnel in the liberated town of Badana on October 18. ISIS fighters have built tunnels below residential streets to escape from airstrikes.Armored vehicles driven by Peshmerga forces move along the Hazir front on October 18.Kurdish security forces take up a position near ISIS-controlled villages on Monday, October 17.Peshmerga forces attack ISIS militants with howitzers from Zardak mountain on October 17. Smoke rises from a suicide car bomb attack carried out by ISIS in the village of Bedene on October 17.A Kurdish Peshmerga convoy drives towards the Khazer front line, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Mosul on October 17.Members of the Iraqi coalition gather around a fire at Zardak mountain ahead of the offensive.Peshmerga forces deploy in the dark near the village of Wardak early on October 17.A Sunni Iraqi police officer prays at the Qayyara airbase on October 16.12 mosul operation 110413 mosul operation 110414 mosul operation 110405 mosul operation 110406 mosul operation 110408 mosul operation 110404 mosul operation 110410 mosul operation 110409 mosul peration 110308 mosul peration 110307 mosul peration 110304 mosul operation 110205 mosul peration 110301 mosul operation 110304 mosul peration 1103 RESTRICTED02 Mosul operation 1101 RESTRICTED01 Mosul operation 1101 RESTRICTED02 mosul operation 103103 mosul operation 103101 mosul operation 103104 mosul operation 103104 mosul operation 103005 mosul operation 103001 mosul operation 103006 mosul operation 103002 mosul operation 102905 mosul operation 102807 mosul operation 102808 mosul operation 102812 mosul operation 102814 mosul operation 102816 mosul operation 1028 RESTRICTED15 mosul operation 102818 mosul operation 1028 RESTRICTED17 mosul operation 1028 RESTRICTED02 mosul operation 102603 mosul operation 102604 mosul operation 102607 mosul operation 102608 mosul operation 102601 Mosul operation 102402 Mosul operation 102401 Mosul operation 1023 RESTRICTED03 Mosul operation 102318 mosul week one RESTRICTED01 Mosul Kirkuk 102211 mosul week one02 Mosul Bartella 102205 Mosul operation 102305 Mosul Bartella 1021 01 Mosul operation 102011 mosul operation 102004 Mosul operation 1020 RESTRICTED07 Mosul operation 102008 Mosul operation 1020 RESTRICTED03 Mosul operation 102009 mosul operation 101907 mosul operation 101912 mosul operation 101911 mosul operation 101902 mosul operation 101906 Mosul 101808 Mosul 101809 Mosul 1018 RESTRICTED02 Mosul 1018 RESTRICTED mosul gallery05 Mosul 101804 Mosul 1018 RESTRICTED01 mosul 101811 mosul 1017 RESTRICTED17 mosul 1017 RESTRICTED 01 mosul 101710 mosul 101713 mosul 1017