Gen. Nicholson's Assessment of Afghan War

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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:

U.S. Army General John W. Nicholson's 3-month assessment of the war in Afghanistan that was submitted on June 16th, 2016.

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.


Waqas Mirza

From: Gerow, Corynne N CIV WHS ESD (US)

Dear Mr. Mirza:

This is an interim response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request which was received in this office on June 21, 2016. Your attached request has been assigned case number 16-F-1186 for tracking purposes, and we ask that you use that number when referring to your request.

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Corynne N. Gerow
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From: Gerow, Corynne N CIV WHS ESD (US)

Good Afternoon, Mr. Mirza,

Attached, please find our response to your June 21, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, received in this office and assigned case number 16-F-1186.

Thank you,
Corynne N. Gerow
OSD/JS FOIA Specialist

Department of Defense
Office of Freedom of Information
1155 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20301-1155