CENTCOM request for Holy Fighter book

Jason Smathers filed this request with the United States Central Command - CENTCOM of the United States of America.


From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

a copy of the "Holy Fighter book" and any English translation of this book. For an example of this book, 14 copies were found in Iraq on April 7, 20008. They were found by the unit 3/3 ACR, the reporting unit was MND-NORTH OPS LNO, in the region MND-N. The books were found in a cache which consisted of:
2x RPG
1x Grenade
Artillery powder
14x Holy Fighter books
4x Religious books

WHEN: 071300APR08
WHERE: Ninewah Province, AO West

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Jason Smathers
Filed via MuckRock.com
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Somerville, MA 02143

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From: United States Central Command, via phone

United States Central Command called and said that because the requested documents were not generated by United States Central Command, they do not have the authority to release them. The request's caseworker recommended contacting U.S. Department of State for materials. Follow up questions can be directed to "Angela" at U.S. Central Command.

From: Jason Smathers

I do not consent to withdrawal of this request. I will continue to wait for a formal written response to my initial request.

From: United States Central Command