In the video above, CNN senior international correspondent Ivan Watson and photojournalist Mark Phillips describe what it was like to report on an extraordinary relief and rescue mission in northern Iraq earlier this week.
During the dangerous mission, "I was terrified," Watson said. "I sent a note to my girlfriend to pass on to my family when we were taking off... just in case."
Stelter asked Phillips if he was equally terrified. In the moment, he said, "I'm more or less concentrating on what I'm doing and that takes away the fear factor." But it sunk in later, he said, once he watched the video he had recorded.
Watson said that's one of the reasons why he took photos with his camera phone during the harrowing trip: "Not only can I then share images as well afterwards, but it also does help me focus and shield myself from what's going on - and not be thinking about or worrying about the possibility that the fighters below might have surface-to-air missiles that could shoot our helicopter out of the sky."