In 2005 he was shortlisted for the Gaby Rado Memorial Award, a category of the Amnesty Media Awards which recognises a journalist who has been covering human rights journalism for less than five years. He was one of the last journalists to work in insurgent-held Fallujah before the American assault on that city in April 2004 and he has since continued to cover the front lines of both the Sunni and Shia insurgency movements. Additionally, he worked behind Mehdi Militia front lines during the American assault on Najaf in August 2004 (Abdul-Ahad et al., 2005).
In September, 2004, Ghaith was wounded by shrapnel to his head when a U.S. helicopter fired rockets into a crowd of civilians on Baghdad's Haifa street. Of the six people seeking shelter from the attack behind a small street kiosk, Ghaith was the sole survivor (Guardian, 09/14/2004).
Ghaith has continued his work with the October, 2005, release of the book Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq which features his photography along with that of Kael Alford, Thorne Anderson and Rita Leistner and documents the daily violence on the streets of Baghdad as well as the inside stories of Iraqi culture.