Civilian Casualty Assessments for Syria and Iraq

Waqas Mirza filed this request with the United States Central Command - CENTCOM of the United States of America.
Tracking # 16-0128
Due March 10, 2016
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Waqas Mirza

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Civilian casualty assessments for ten strikes covered in the January 15th 2016 and January 22nd 2016 news releases:

http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/features/2014/0814_iraq/docs/20160115_02_CENTCOM_New_Release-Results_of_Iraq_and_Syria_Civilian_Casualty_Assessments.pdf

http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/features/2014/0814_iraq/docs/20160122_04_CENTCOM_News_Release-Results_of_Iraq_and_Syria_Civilian_Casualty_Assessments.pdf

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.

Sincerely,

Waqas Mirza

From: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act would like to recall the message, "[Non-DoD Source] Freedom of Information Request: Civilian Casualty Assessments for Syria and Iraq".

From: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

Mr. MIrza,

USCENTCOM received your request and assigned it case number FOIA 16-0132; please include this number in all correspondence pertaining to this case. In accordance with the Department of Defense Freedom of Information Act Program, DoD 5400.7-R, before USCENTCOM can properly process the information you seek, your request must be perfected by "reasonably describing" the records sought; and, providing a statement of your willingness to pay fees. In your request, you did not state an amount you would be willing to pay, if an amount was ultimately assessed and charged. Please provide an amount in U.S. dollars that you would be willing to pay. If you do not specify willingness to pay fees your case administratively closed within 72 hours. Thank you in advance.

Respectfully,
USCENTCOM FOIA Requester Service Center
(813)529-6285

From: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

Mr. MIrza,

USCENTCOM received your request and assigned it case number FOIA 16-0128; please include this number in all correspondence pertaining to this case. In accordance with the Department of Defense Freedom of Information Act Program, DoD 5400.7-R, before USCENTCOM can properly process the information you seek, your request must be perfected by "reasonably describing" the records sought; and, providing a statement of your willingness to pay fees. In your request, you did not state an amount you would be willing to pay, if an amount was ultimately assessed and charged. Please provide an amount in U.S. dollars that you would be willing to pay. If you do not specify willingness to pay fees your case administratively closed within 72 hours. Thank you in advance.

Respectfully,
USCENTCOM FOIA Requester Service Center
(813)529-6285

From: Waqas Mirza

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on February 10, 2016. You had assigned it case number FOIA 16-0132.

You asked me to "reasonably describe" the records sought. CENTCOM carried out investigations of 10 strikes in Syria and Iraq which are "alleged to have resulted in civilian casualties and determined to be credible." This is according to a Washington Post article dated January 26, 2016, which can be found here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/01/26/u-s-military-changes-how-it-discloses-civilian-casualties-in-iraq-and-syria/.

The article links to CENTCOM's release of general information on each strike, published in CENTCOM news releases on January 15, 2016 (http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/features/2014/0814_iraq/docs/20160115_02_CENTCOM_New_Release-Results_of_Iraq_and_Syria_Civilian_Casualty_Assessments.pdf) and January 22, 2016 (http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/features/2014/0814_iraq/docs/20160122_04_CENTCOM_News_Release-Results_of_Iraq_and_Syria_Civilian_Casualty_Assessments.pdf).

My request refers to documents associated with civilian casualty assessments for each of the 10 strikes covered in the CENTCOM investigations. They are all referred to in the aforementioned news releases.

I hereby grant prior authorization for fees up to $25. If the cost exceeds this amount, please notify me beforehand so I can consider paying the additional fees.

Thank you,

Waqas Mirza.

From: United States Central Command - CENTCOM

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

Mr Mirza,
Your FOIA request is being prepared for release determination. You should have a response on/about 15 Jul 16.

FOIA Team

FOIA Requester Service Center
USCENTCOM/J6-RDF
(813) 529-6285

From: Waqas Mirza

Hello,

I was told to expect a response by July 15, 2016 and have not received anything.

Waqas.

From: Waqas Mirza

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 10, 2016. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #16-0128.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

Sir,
We continue to evaluate the information you requested. We will provide a response once the evaluation is complete.

FOIA Team

FOIA Requester Service Center
USCENTCOM/J6-RDF
(813) 529-6285

From: Waqas Mirza

Hello,

I was told that I would have a response to FOIA 16-0128 by July 15, 2016 and I have still not received anything.

Waqas.

From: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

Mr. Mirza,

Your FOIA request is still in process. We are coordinating with an external Component to conduct a search for records related to your request. USCENTCOM anticipates a final response back to you within sixty days.
Regards
United States Central Command - CENTCOM
USCENTCOM FOIA Requester Service Center
7115 SOUTH BOUNDARY BOULEVARD
MACDILL AFB, FL 33621-5101
(813) 529-6685

From: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

Mr. Mirza,

We are continuing to coordinate with the external Component for response to your request. Please contact our office in 30 days for a status update, if you have not received a response from our office.

FOIA Team

FOIA Requester Service Center
USCENTCOM/J6-RDF
(813) 529-6285

From: Waqas Mirza

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 10, 2016. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #16-0128.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Waqas Mirza

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 10, 2016. You had assigned it reference number #16-0128. By now, I have been given two different dates on which to expect a response, both of which have long passed. Please be advised that if I do not receive the requested documents in the next 15 days I will be filing an appeal.

Thanks for your help.

Waqas Mirza.

From: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

Mr. Mirza,

We are still processing your request, it is now #107 in our FOIA queue.
Regards,

USCENTCOM FOIA Requester Service Center

(813) 529-6285

From: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

Mr. Mirza,

We are still processing your request, it is now #102 in our FOIA queue.
Regards,

USCENTCOM FOIA Requester Service Center
(813) 529-6285

From: CENTCOM Macdill AFB CENTCOM HQ Mailbox Freedom of Information Act

Mr. Mirza,

You are currently number #98 in our queue. You can also check your case status at "Check FOIA Cases Status" at https://www3.centcom.mil/foia_rr/FOIA_RR.asp?Path=/&Folder=FOIA%20Case%20Status

v/r

Steven

STEVEN L JOHNSON
Senior FOIA/PA Analyst
Comm: (813) 529-6689
VOSIP: 302-529-6627
(N): steven.l.johnson114.civ@mail.mil
(S): steven.l.johnson114.civ@mail.smil.mil

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full
potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal
excellence." Confucius

From: Johnson, Steven L CIV CENTCOM CENTCOM HQ (US)

Mr. Mirza,

You are currently number #90 in our queue. You can also check your case status at "Check FOIA Cases Status" at https://www3.centcom.mil/foia_rr/FOIA_RR.asp?Path=/&Folder=FOIA%20Case%20Status

v/r

Steven

STEVEN L JOHNSON
Senior FOIA/PA Analyst
Comm: (813) 529-6689
VOSIP: 302-529-6627
(N): steven.l.johnson114.civ@mail.mil
(S): steven.l.johnson114.civ@mail.smil.mil

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full
potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal
excellence." Confucius

From: Johnson, Steven L CIV CENTCOM CENTCOM HQ (US)

Mr. Mirza,

You are currently #85 in our queue.

v/r

Steven

STEVEN L JOHNSON

Senior FOIA/PA Analyst

Comm: (813) 529-6689

VOSIP: 302-529-6627

(N): steven.l.johnson114.civ@mail.mil

(S): steven.l.johnson114.civ@mail.smil.mil

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full

potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal

excellence." Confucius

From: Johnson, Steven L CIV CENTCOM CENTCOM HQ (US)

Mr. Mirza,

You are currently #84 in our queue.

v/r

Steven

STEVEN L JOHNSON
Senior FOIA/PA Analyst
Comm: (813) 529-6689
VOSIP: 302-529-6627
(N): steven.l.johnson114.civ@mail.mil
(S): steven.l.johnson114.civ@mail.smil.mil

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full
potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal
excellence." Confucius

From: Johnson, Steven L CIV CENTCOM CENTCOM HQ (US)

Mr. Mirza,
You are currently #82 in our queue.
v/r
Steven

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