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Mohamad Chreyteh is a Lebanese journalist and film maker specializing in covering politics, human interest stories, cultural events, and war reporting in the Middle East.

He is currently the Senior Producer at Transterra Media, and works as a freelance video journalist for local and international televisions and agencies including Agence France Press (AFP).

Mohamad has produced and co-produced reports for top level international broadcasters and websites including CNN, France 24, TF1, ZDF, ABC News, BBC, AOL, al-Jazeera and al-Arabia.

His written work has been published on international news websites including The Huffington Post Arabic, Middle East Transparent, The Diplomatic Observer and Christian Science Monitor.

Mohamad’s field experience includes work in high risk environments including war coverage in Homs, Syria, clashes in Tripoli, Lebanon from 2012 to 2014, battles between the Lebanese Army and insurgents on the Lebanon-Syria border and bombing, assassinations and protest demonstrations in Beirut from 2009 to the present.

Mohamad holds certificates in ‘safety, crises and medical management for journalists’ from the International Federation of Journalists (FIJ) and TTJ Trauma Training for Journalists (TTJ).

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Hannibal Kadhafi Files
Tripoli, Libya
By mchreyteh
17 Dec 2015

In August 2011, a group of militiamen, who were fighting against the Libyan president Mummer Kadhafi, entered the house of Kadhafi’s youngest son, Hannibal, in Tripoli, and found a tablet device which they believe was his personal device.

The device was turned over to a group of media activists in Tripoli, who examined the content. On the device they found thousands of photos and videos, including personal and family images. In a folder titled “Bosleem” there were videos that appeared to show prisoners being tortured during questioning, and photos of what are believed to be prisoners including their names, some appearing to be injured. The content also included Word documents and power point presentations some of which are encrypted.

The media activists have posted on social media a number of photos of Hannibal Kadhadi and his family, and several videos of prisoners being tortured. The activists group says one of its members was kidnapped and his fate remains unknown. Since then they have felt that they are in danger and have had to change locations frequently. They decided to move the content of the device outside of Libya. They contacted Lebanese journalist Mohamad Chreyteh, and one the the activists travelled to Lebanon in 2014 and gave the journalist the content.

Mr. Chreyteh says he has been working on organizing and verifying the content over the last year. He says he decided to make some of the content public on Sunday December 13, 2015, after hearing news that Hannibal Kadhafi is being held in detention. Kadhafi was turned over to Lebanese Internal Security official by gunmen who had seized him in Baalbek on Thursday December 10. Kadhafi is under investigation and official are trying to determine if he can be put on trial in Lebanon, in connection with the disappearance in Libya of Lebanese Shiaa spiritual leader and founder of the Amal Party, Moussa al-Sadr, in 1978.

The content includes many items that have not yet been made public:

  • More than 700 photos and videos, of Hannibal Kadhafi, his wife, children, homes, yacht, private jet and international travels.
  • More than 1700 photos and names of who are believed to be detainees held at Bosleem prison in Tripoli.
  • More than 50 video clips showing what appears to be the interrogation and torture of prisoners.
  • More than 35 documents including letters from investigators in Kadhafi’s security forces to senior officials, lists with names of wanted people, lists with names of detainees, lists with names of people recommended to be set free, notes detailing prisoner interrogations, letter from a senior military police official to a senior judge.
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Covers of the New ISIS School Textboo...
Mosul, Iraq
By mchreyteh
26 Oct 2015

ISIS has created a new curriculum for school students in areas controlled by the group. The new textbooks are being distributed to schools on a computer disk. Paper copies by the books to be given to students will be printed by each school

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Families of Kidnapped Soldiers Rally ...
Beirut
By mchreyteh
04 Sep 2014

Families of the kidnapped Lebanese soldiers and Internal Security Forces members protested in Beirut’s Downtown, and urged the government to take immediate measures to secure their sons’ release.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 22
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Al-Sadat Mosque was also destroyed in the Syrian civil war. The famous ancient mosque is located some 450 meters to the east of the The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Jobar, Damascus.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 20
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Al-Sadat Mosque was also destroyed in the Syrian civil war. The famous ancient mosque is located some 450 meters to the east of the The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Jobar, Damascus.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 21
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Destroyed buildings near The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Jobar, Damascus.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 19
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

On the wall The Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue a plaque stating it was from 720 b.c.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 18
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

On the wall The Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue a plaque stating it was from 720 b.c.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 16
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Inside the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue, an ancient synagogue complex destroyed in May of 2014.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 17
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Inside the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue, an ancient synagogue complex destroyed in May of 2014.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 15
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Inside the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue, an ancient synagogue complex destroyed in May of 2014.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Inside the destroyed Jobar Grand Mosque in the rebel held part of Damascus.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Inside the destroyed Jobar Grand Mosque in the rebel held part of Damascus.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 11
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue was an ancient synagogue complex destroyed in May of 2014.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 12
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue was an ancient synagogue complex destroyed in May of 2014.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 10
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue was an ancient synagogue complex destroyed in May of 2014.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Remains of the destroyed Jobar Grand Mosque in the rebel held part of Damascus.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Remains of the destroyed Jobar Grand Mosque in the rebel held part of Damascus.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Remains of the destroyed Jobar Grand Mosque in the rebel held part of Damascus.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Remains of the destroyed Old Bath, an ancient building located 450 meters to the east of The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Remains of the destroyed Old Bath, an ancient building located 450 meters to the east of The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue was an ancient synagogue complex destroyed in May of 2014.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Destroyed buildings near The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Jobar, Damascus.

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Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Al-Sadat Mosque was also destroyed in the Syrian civil war. The famous ancient mosque is located some 450 meters to the east of the The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Jobar, Damascus.

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Oldest Damascus Synagogue 01
Damascus, Syria
By mchreyteh
14 Apr 2016

Remains of a mortar bomb on the walls of the destroyed Old Bath, an ancient building located 450 meters to the east of The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue.

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Homs
By mchreyteh
13 Feb 2016

The Abu Salah family at the entrance to the abandoned warehouse where the they live. The family was forced to flee their home because of continuous bombing of their neighborhood. (L to R) Bedour 6, Abu Salah, Dalia 11, Um Salah holding Salah 2.

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Homs
By mchreyteh
13 Feb 2016

The Abu Salah family at the entrance to the abandoned warehouse where the they live. The family was forced to flee their home because of continuous bombing of their neighborhood. (L to R) Bedour 6, Abu Salah, Dalia 11, Um Salah holding Salah 2.

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Homs
By mchreyteh
13 Feb 2016

The Abu Salah family at the entrance to the abandoned warehouse where the they live. The family was forced to flee their home because of continuous bombing of their neighborhood. (L to R) Bedour 6, Abu Salah, Dalia 11, Um Salah holding Salah 2.

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Homs
By mchreyteh
13 Feb 2016

Eleven year old Dalia (L) and six year old Bedour, Abu Salah’s daughters, at the entrance to the abandoned warehouse where the family lives.

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Homs
By mchreyteh
13 Feb 2016

Two year old Salah, the youngest of Abu Salah’s three children, and his sister Dalia, 11, the eldest.

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Homs
By mchreyteh
13 Feb 2016

Abu Salah selects sticks of wood to burn in a makeshift stove the family uses to cook meals. Two year old Salah is the youngest of his three children.

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Homs
By mchreyteh
13 Feb 2016

Two year old Salah stands in what serves as his family’s kitchen as his father Abu Salah stokes the flames in a small makeshift stove.

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Damascus
By mchreyteh
16 Feb 2016

Access to food is a constant worry for Abu Abdullah. ÒWeÕre in a besieged area. At any given moment they could block the streets. We expect anything. Our situation is bad. We go to Beit Sahen to get some material from there, such as rice and burghol and lentil, thatÕs what we live off these days. We cannot go to the areas of the regime to get other materials. ItÕs blocked, so we make ends meet.Ó

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Damascus
By mchreyteh
16 Feb 2016

Meals are cooked over a wood burning stove in the main room of the familyÕs apartment. Because of shelling and airstrikes near their home the family moved to this abandoned apartment in the al-Tadamom District on the outskirts Damascus. The district is one of the most dangerous areas in the Damascus region.

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Damascus
By mchreyteh
16 Feb 2016

Access to food is a constant worry for Abu Abdullah. ÒWeÕre in a besieged area. At any given moment they could block the streets. We expect anything. Our situation is bad. We go to Beit Sahen to get some material from there, such as rice and burghol and lentil, thatÕs what we live off these days. We cannot go to the areas of the regime to get other materials. ItÕs blocked, so we make ends meet.Ó

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Damascus
By mchreyteh
16 Feb 2016

Three year old Ahmed, the youngest of Abu AbdullahÕs six children.

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Hezbollah Parade Near Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
By mchreyteh
28 Oct 2005

October 28, 2005
Beirut, Lebanon

Video shows a military parade by Hezbollah in Haret Hreik suburb, south of Beirut.
Hezbollah General Secretary, Hassan Nasrallah, and other Lebanese officials attended the parade which took place on the International Quds Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan.

(Video shot by Hezbollah and obtained by Transterra Media contributor)

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Beirut Scenic and Street Shots
Beirut, Lebanon
By mchreyteh
05 Feb 2016

Various shots of Beirut streets, people using smart phones and walking in Beirut Souks shopping center.

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Anas Ben Malek Mosque in Benghazi
Benghazi, Libya
By mchreyteh
24 Jan 2016

Video shows interior and exterior shots of the Anas Ben Malik Mosque, also knows as al-Badriya Mosque, located in the al-Salmani area of Benghazi.

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Prisoner Photo (Dsc01813)
tripoli
By mchreyteh
01 May 2011

Photo of a man believed to have been a prisoner in Bosleem prison in 2011. The name on the picture identifies him as Jomaa Abdul Ati Jaber Ahmed, an Egyptian.

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tripoli
By mchreyteh
15 Dec 2015

A portion of an undated document from 2011, that appears to be a letter by a Libyan security officer to a superior, accusing a police officer named Sufian Fawzi al-Seid al-Zarkani, of participating in the uprising against the Kadhafi regime.
The report also claims that the officer hid members of the opposition in his house, and did not allow his family to watch Libyan state television and instead allowed them to watch external channels such as al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya.

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Prisoner Photo (Dsc01758)
tripoli
By mchreyteh
01 May 2011

Photo of a man believed to have been a prisoner in Bosleem prison in 2011. The name on the picture identifies him as Mustafa Ali Omar Farshouh. Nationality unknown.

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tripoli
By mchreyteh
15 Dec 2015

This is a of a portion of an undated document from 2011, that appears to be a reply by a Libyan security official to a letter from his superior dated May 18 2011. The document appears to be a report of interrogations of prisoners who have identified other people as participants in the uprising against the Kadhafi regime.