TTM Contributor 25 TTM Contributor 25

Education: 
Bachelor in literature, philosophy section.

A course in cicil media program in Aintab, supported by the civil and democratic community in Syria.

A degree in Editorial skills given by Creative company 

Spoken languages: Kurdish, Arabic, English

Camera man in Kurdstan channel

Camera man and producer for a series of documentaries 

Camera man for several films.

poet and received al-Molataka award for modern poetry 

wrote a few short stories in kurdish language, wrote a few articles in and reports for Arabic and Kurdish magazines and newspapers.

translated a documentary series about Kurds in Lebanon, from arabic to kurdish.

producer of a few documentaries about poets, the kurdish artist mohamad sheikho, and the fire in Amooda cinema.
A member of the editorial committee in Shar magazine, Kudish section. التحصيل العلمي: إجازة في الآداب/ قسم الفلسفة - دورة في برنامج الإعلام المدني(جمال) في عنتاب برعاية مركز المجتمع المدني والديمقراطية في سوريا. - شهادة في مجال المونتاج مُنحت من شركة كريتف خلال الدورة التخصصية في المونتاج بمدينة عنتاب برعاية مركز المجتمع المدني والديمقراطية في سوريا. اللغات: الكردية- العربية- الإنكليزية الخبرات: - مصوّر في قناة كردستان الفضائية/ مكتب قامشلي. - مصوّر ومعدّ لسلسلة من الأفلام الوثائقية، منها: - تصوير فيلم مشعل الحرية الذي عرض على شاشة قناة العربية - تصوير فيلم عن المهاجرين السوريين لمخرج من كردستان العراق عرض في مهرجان السليمانية - تصوير فيلم من نوروز إلى آكيتو كعمل طوعي لمركز المجتمع المدني والديمقراطية في سوريا - تصوير مشاهد لفيلم عن وحدات حماية المرأة في المناطق الكردية السورية للمخرج عامر علي المقيم في السويد - تصوير فيلمين سينمائيين قصيرين للمخرج والسيناريست سليمان عبد العزيز - ديوان شعري تحت عنوان(انظر إليها كم أنت مرهق) حائز على جائزة الملتقى الثاني لقصيدة النثر في القاهرة. - مجموعة قصص قصيرة تحت عنوان( قولنج) باللغة الكردية. - كتابة بعض المقالات والتقارير لبعض الجرائد والمجلات باللغتين الكردية والعربية. - ترجمة سلسلة وثائقية من اللغة العربية إلى اللغة الكردية عن الكرد في لبنان، عُرض على شاشة قناة كردسات الفضائية. - إعداد سلسلة وثائقية عن الشعراء، الكتّاب والفنانين الكرد في سوريا، عُرضت على شاشة قناة كردستان الفضائية. - تصوير فيلم ديكودراما عن حياة الفنان الكردي محمد شيخو. - تصوير فيلم وثائقي عن حريق سينما عامودا. - هيئية تحرير مجلة شار/ سكرتير القسم الكردي.

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Interviews with Captured IS Fighters
al-Jazeera
By TTM Contributor 25
23 Sep 2014

26 September 2014
A city in al-Jazeera district, North-East of Syria (exact location withheld)

Two IS prisoners, one of them injured, held captive by the Syrian-Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) recount their experience fighting with the Islamic State group. Among other things, they provide an inside account of how training and bombing operations are carried out.

Shotlist:

Various shots of Mohamad, IS fighter
Various shots of Abd al-Kareem Mefleh (IS fighter) and the injuries on his body.

Soundbites:

Mohamad, IS fighter from the villages of al-Jazeera (Arabic):
(01:12) I've been working with them [IS] for 4 months. I was communicating with them through someone. They used to ask us to plant explosives in certain places. We made two explosions in the village of Hamkar and two explosions on the road to al-Jazaa in order to block the road and the confine the battles to the area of al-Jazaa. They [IS] paid us 100,000 SYP [625 USD] for each explosion.

We used to go to Tel Khamees, to al-Ghol, and they took us to Raqqa once. They taught us how to plant explosives and when to blow them up so we can cause as many injuries and as much damage as possible. Afghan experts used to sit me down, bring a bomb, and teach me how to connect it to the right machines. [They taught me] How to plant it [bomb] and burry it. [They taught me] how far away I should go [from the bomb] before I set it off and how long it takes to explode after I click the button. I was trained in al-Shaddade. They used to bring all of their fighters and people who work with them to al-Shaddade and train them there. Once you have completed the learning process, you are allowed to deal with bombs and you will have to set up an explosion in any area they request. The communication was via cell phones. They call you and tell you to come to a specific village in the night and to go meet a specific person that will help you cross over. He [the person] provided me with a motorcycle, and told me to meet him in a specific place so he can give me bomb. He gave me the bomb and an amount of money and told me, “if you kill people from the PKK”-that is the area they were targeting back then-“if you kill people from the PKK, then you will get more money. If you do not kill people from the PKK then you will get nothing.”

They used to allow whoever wants to watch [executions] to gather in the square. It would be known that for example, tomorrow there will be an execution. They used to gather people to watch people get decapitated, so people would fear them". (04:03)

Abd al-Kareem Mefleh, IS fighter from the villages of al-Jazeera (Arabic):
(04:04) I was a fighter in over 4 brigades: al-Waha, al-Jazeera, al-Tawheed and al-Jihad movement of Ahrar al-Sham, and ISIS. I participated in so many of their battles and was injured here in my arm once and in my stomach. I was badly injured in one of the PPK battles and they [the PKK] took me to their hospitals and treated me and operated on me. I stayed in the hospital of the PPK for a long time getting treatments, they were kind to me and I want to thank them for their treatment.

They convinced us to fight with them to protect the area, and they convinced us that the PPK is going to take over the area and destroy all the Arabs. They convinced everyone of that idea. What we saw in reality was completely different, they treated us really well, even the PPK checkpoints here in the area, they treat us in a very good way.

After I was with al-Nusra, I switched to Ahrar al-Sham. They took me to a training camp. The camp was in Ras al-Ain. They told us we need to train in order to fight with them [PKK]. Saudi Arabia and Turkey were supporting us [Ahrar al Sham] the most, they used to send food baskets for us, our salaries and all our needs.

ISIS comes to an area, and those who do not follow their rules, will be either deported or mostly killed. According to the area, if the inhabitants of the area obey them, they will treat them well. If they do not obey them, they will deport them. The houses of the deported people are either burnt down or taken as a residence for IS members.
I saw on al-Arabiya that al-Nusra brigade punished an Alawite, accusing him of firing a canon against them from Kawkab to Tel Khamis. They punished him by cutting off his head.

They [IS] used to get people from Libya, Algeria, Morocco, and deport the men, and only let the women stay, and then marry them to the fighters. (08:04)

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People Smuggling on the Syria-Turkey ...
By TTM Contributor 25
08 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Location: 5 Kilometers west of Ras al-Ain , near al-Azizeya village, Syria

Syrian refugees dodge Turkish Army patrols as they are smuggled from Syria to Turkey. Smuggling has become increasingly difficult as many smugglers are being beaten up or killed by Turkish soldiers. However, there is no other ways to escape Syria, despite the existence of four legal crossings in the area.

Shot list:
- Smuggler as he goes to the border post - shots of “passengers” a term used by the smugglers of refugees and peoples in general - shots of people fleeing after detection by the Turskish border patrol - moving shots of Turkish military vehicle heading to legal border crossing - general views of the border

Interview: Abu Mohamad, Smuggler

"People here want to cross to Turkey. We are in Syria and, as you can see, we have these people who want to get to Turkey. People are dying here, sometimes there is shooting. The road from here is very difficult. On the IS side of the border [Islamic State controlled area], the road is open, but only for Arabs. On the Kurdistan [Syrian-Kurdish controlled] side, the road is blocked by the Kurds.

People here have injured relatives and they are working so hard to be able to afford to eat. Life is very hard here and people are forced to leave. We are trying to smuggle these people into Turkey and it is very hard. A few days ago we smuggled a group of people and they got caught, they started hitting them with the back of the rifle. You cannot pass through legally, so we are trying to smuggle them and people are paying everything they have to pass. What can I tell you, life here is very difficult.

Al-Qamishli passage is closed, Derwaseya passage is closed, Ras al-Ain passage is closed. The other passages in Jarablos and Tel al-Abyad are open, even though they are under the control of ISIS. They closed these passages even though they help our brothers the Kurds.
You just witnessed it, we smuggled people in and they returned them. Every few days you can hear firing and shooting and a few days ago, someone was killed at the border of Turkey. We went today and they started shooting, we go through this on daily basis

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Syria: the Business of Kidnapping
Ras al Ayn
By TTM Contributor 25
26 Aug 2014

April 5, 2014
Ras al Ain, Syria

Younan Constantine Younan, a Syrian-christian from Ras al Ayn, was kidnapped by Jabhat al-Nusra and released for a 100 000USD ransom after 40 days of torture. Younan's experience illustrates the marriage of ideology and business when it comes to kidnapping by radical Islamic militias in Syria. While the ultimate goal of the kidnapping was to extort money and not to punish Younan for being christian, Younan believes that the fact that he is christian allowed the kidnappers to feel the kidnapping was ideologically acceptable and not against Islam.

Shot List and Translation:

Shots of the city of Ras al Ain.
Shots of the Syriac Church in the town, located next to Younan's house.
Shots of Younan inside the Church.

Interview:

"I was kidnapped by the Gouiran battalion/ al Hasakah, I was tricked. My uncle owns a factory in western Ras al Ayn, just before Tell Halaf. We produce materials for building and construction. It was there that the battalion decided to settle in. We kept on asking them when would be leaving and they always replied "tomorrow, tomorrow, we will go and liberate al Hasakah". They were all citizens of al-Hasakah. One of the battalion's members was called Mohammad Aadouch. One day, they took all our trucks, stating that the trucks belong now to Jabhat al Nusra. We went to ask Jabhat al Nusra for our trucks, they replied the trucks aren't yours anymore. We kept on trying with the battalion and Jabhat al Nusra for 4 to 5 days to get our trucks back until the battalion's commander, called Tamim, said, 'I have the trucks and I will give them back to you after 2-3 days.' There was fighting in the area so we stayed home all day, and we went to meet with them every day around noon.

One day, he told us to go with him so he can show us where the trucks are, in a town called Al-Aziziyah. I went with my cousin. Right before arriving to Al-Aziziyah, we were ambushed by 6 fighters, some of them were in their cars, asking for our IDs. Once we gave them our IDs, they told us that we were "the wanted persons". The reason they said this was that my cousin had a farm that is worth a lot and, being Christian, his money was Halal. They pointed their AK-47 at us, handcuffed us, put us in the back of the vehicles and drove us to Ras al Ain, Allah only knows where to.

Once there, they told us our case was simple, a week maximum and we'll be free. On the tenth day, they called our parents, and asked them for 100,000 USD for each. We didn't have any contact with the kidnappers; they put us in a room, handcuffed and kept our eyes uncovered. They would only cover our eyes when the guards come in to give us food. On the fortieth day, they covered our eyes and they started to beat us with their hands, belts and riffles. We could tell that they were the same persons on the Gouiran Battalion because of their voices and their accents. While they were torturing us, our parents were on the phone, and they kept on asking them for money. After 4 hours of being tortured, they took us to a school they turned into a prison. We remained there until the fiftieth day, when they covered our heads and removed our handcuffs, and dropped us in a city called Suluk, in the countryside of Ar-Raqqah. We took a car to Ras al Ayn, where they took the money, the amount of 3,500,000 Syrian Pounds.

My uncle was dead when we came back, he never knew his son and nephew were kidnapped. The day after we went to check on the factory, we found out they stole everything; tools, metals, they left nothing. After few days, we discovered that all our personal papers and IDs were with Jabhat al Nusra. We realized that they were in coordination with the battalion that kidnapped us, when they told our parents before that they are working as an intermediary to set us free.

It was then when we realized that they were all the same."

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Yazidis Take Refuge in Kurdish Contro...
Jezaa, Syria
By TTM Contributor 25
21 Aug 2014

August 11, 12, 13, 2014
Jezaa, Syria

Iraqi-Yazidi refugees from Sinjar arrive in Kurdish controlled areas of Syria after escaping the Sinjar mountains. Syrian-Kurdish forces secured a 90km passage to allow approximately 100,000 Yazidis escape the SInjar mountain range and take refuge in the Kurdish areas in Syria.

Speakers: (In Kurdish language)

Sound bite 1: Kleizar Hussein/Refugee: "We are starving and dehydrated, there is no milk for the children. Nobody came to rescue us and nobody is supporting us, we are homeless".

Sound bite 2: Saeed Qawad/Refugee: "At 5 o'clock they started their attack against us. They told us there were 6000 fighters from the Peshmerga, but we did not see any of them. The attack continued until the morning, when the peshmerga withdrew and left us alone. They [ISIS] kidnapped thousands of our women and slaughtered thousands.

We could not even bury the dead bodies lying on the ground.

We do not care about Iraq or the oil in Iraq. We do not want Kurdistan either, all we want is America. We are a minority, they should have us moved somewhere else far away from Muslims. We are not a nation, we do not kill people, we do not have any profession. They slaughtered thousands with a knife, what religion and what prophet would accept that? There are nearly 3000 corpses left on the ground in the Sinjar area, and hundreds of children dead from dehydration".

Sound bite 3: Sido Ali/Refugee: "We are all refugees, and poor. We have no food or water, or even a place to sleep in. They should provide us with our needs".

Sound bite 4: Khedr Khedr/Refugee: "When an ISIS member recognized me, he covered his face immediately and told the other to not take my car. We grew up together and that is why they did not take me, but still they killed two uncles of mine, Sido and Juko. They caught them while they were returning home, placed them on the sidewalk and killed them. It was very painful for me to see that, there are thousands of victims, I swear."

Shot list:

Shots of Sinjar refugees as they speak.

Shots of the passage they walk in.

Shots of the transportation units that arrived from the Syrian-Kurdish area to take the Yazidis from the mountain.

Shots of receiving the refugees in the Syrian area of Jezaa.

Shots of the refugees as they wait to be transferred into a safe area.