Dan Andros and Jason Buttrill have had no shortage of adventures during their visit to the front lines of ISIS, guided by Kurdish Peshmerga.
In a cell phone video he sent to Glenn the night before heading to the front lines, Jason spoke of the amazing people he was meeting.
"The Kurds are awesome," Jason said. "Everyone wants to include us and they want us to know who they are."
In a somewhat unsettling turn of events, the building where Jason and Dan were having dinner suddenly lost power - no big deal. They thought at first they were going to experience a bomb raid. Watch their reactions below.
Check out some of Dan and Jason's pictures and another video from Facebook below.
Jason and Dan with the Kurdish freedom fighters of Sinjar. Photo by Jason Buttrill.
The crew. Photo by Dan Andros.
"The shining symbol on the hill of our little section of Iraq. Watching over her and us," Jason writes. "Providing hope to millions. What a comfort - to walk by and see this. Protected not only by these walls, but with the fierceness of faith that Chaldean Christians represent. Extraordinary Christians... extraordinary people." Photo by Jason Buttrill.
"Hate cigarettes," Dan writes. "But the combination of mortars, snipers, rockets, and the commanding officer offering me one in front of everyone... I figured, you only die up on a mountain once so yeah. I lit it up." Photo by Dan Andros.
"Two VERY brave men. A father and son team," Jason writes. "Survivors of the ISIS massacre at Qaraqosh. " Photo by Jason Buttrill.
Yazidi refugee camp near Sinjar, Iraq. Photo by Dan Andros.
Kurdish Peshmerga at the base in Sinjar, Iraq. Photo by Dan Andros.
"This is the road we traversed in the middle of the night to get to the front line," Dan writes. "The base is on the far left of the shot. Many Yazidis died at the hands of ISIS here. The Peshmerga have now pushed them back beyond that far ridge line in the distance." Photo by Dan Andros
"I asked this man in Erbil if I could take his picture," Dan writes. "He then struck the best picture pose I have ever seen." Photo by Dan Andros.
Sunset somewhere in northern Iraq. Photo by Dan Andros.
"Peshmerga soldier sleeping under the stars. On concrete," Dan writes. "His Kevlar vest is propping up his pillow. (His friends who were awake found it very amusing that I took his picture while sleeping)." Photo by Dan Andros.
Rockets and mortars fired by ISIS at Peshmerga at Sinjar Mountains in Iraq. Photo by Dan Andros.
"Commander Mohammed is a great man! He made sure not to laugh at me too much when I crawled under the table after every mortar round," Dan writes. "And he gave us TEA! Lots and lots of tea." Photo by Dan Andros.
Dan provided a little background on the video below:
It was a little quiet on the hill this morning. Some sporadic sniper fire. Mortar every once in a while. Fine with me! Jason says, "man I'd love to fire a couple rounds at these guys!" Peshmerga decide it's high time for some mortars.
Watch what happened next.
Dan Andros on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Long story short. ISIS woke up after those 2 mortars shelled one of their buildings. They started firing back. Pay particular attention to the pleasure Jason takes in potentially helping trigger the firefight that ends our lives lol. Really never felt too worried-- definitely uneasy knowing these idiots could get a lucky shot...but the Peshmerga are on top of the hill so it's very difficult for ISIS to hit positions just beyond the wall. Lots of stuff seems to land far over them but the Peshmerga have things locked down real good up there.