Amb. James Jeffrey Syria Map

Johann Maximilian Amberger filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
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Due Sept. 23, 2020
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From: Johann Maximilian Amberger

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

The multi-colored map of Syria circulated by Ambassador James Jeffrey between December 2018 and January 2019.

Ambassador Jeffrey "circulated a color-coded map showing which parts of northeastern Syria he proposed to allow Turkey to take over and which the Kurds could retain" in advance of a January 2019 meeting with Turkish officials, according to former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who described this map on page 459 and 460 of his recent book, "The Room Where It Happened."

Ambassador Jeffrey currently serves as Special Representative for Syria Engagement and the Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL, and may have worked on this map with other officials in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

If any part of these documents are exempt from disclosure, please release any reasonably segregable portions of the documents, as the FOIA requires.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Johann Maximilian Amberger

From: U.S. Department of State

**THIS EMAIL BOX IS NOT MONITORED, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.** Mr.Amberger: This email acknowledges receipt of your August 25, 2020, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. § 552) request received by the U.S. Department of State, Office ofInformation Programs and Services on September 11, 2020, regardingthe multi-colored map of Syria circulated by Ambassador James Jeffrey between December 2018 and January 2019. This Office assigned your request the subject reference number and placed it in the complex processing track where it will beprocessed as quickly as possible. See 22 CFR § 171.11(h). This Office willnot be able to respond within the 20 days provided by the statute due to“unusual circumstances.” See 5 U.S.C. §552(a)(6)(B)(i)-(iii). In this instance,the unusual circumstances include the need to search for and collect requestedrecords from other Department offices or Foreign Service posts. If you have any questions regarding yourrequest , would like to narrow the scope or arrange analternative time frame to speed its processing, or would like an estimated dateof completion, please contact our FOIA Requester Service Center or our FOIAPublic Liaison by email at or telephone at202-261-8484. Additionally, youmay contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at theNational Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIAmediation services they offer. Thecontact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government InformationServices, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS,College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, email at; telephone at202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769. **THIS EMAIL BOX IS NOT MONITORED, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.**


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