Incident reports on Al-Qaeda in Iraq

Heather Akers-Healy filed this request with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence of the United States of America.
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U-17-1073-FAC-2A1

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Completed

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From: Heather Akers-Healy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Documents tracking the number and/or severity of incidents attributed to Al-Qaeda in Iraq since 2004. The existence of such documentation was implied in Matt Olsen's recent testimony to a Senate committee regarding Al-Qaeda's activities in Iraq. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/11/14/shiites-iraq-bombs-ashoura/3524941/)

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Heather Akers-Healy

From: ODNI/FOIA

Ms. Akers-Healy, attached is the ODNI's acceptance letter for your recent request.

ODNI/FOIA
703 874-8500

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DF-2014-00040.

Thank you for your help.

From: Heather Akers-Healy

With regard to DF-2014-00040, ODNI components are still searching for responsive documents. Initial responses indicate that other government agencies' equities may be involved, in which case we are required to consult with those other government agencies prior to any release. This considerably increases the response time. We are unable to provide an accurate estimate of completion at this time.

ODNI/FOIA
703 874-

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DF-2014-00040.

Thank you for your help.

From: Heather Akers-Healy

With regard to DF-2014-00040, ODNI components have searched and provided responsive documents. We have determined that other government agencies' equities are involved, in which case we are consulting with these agencies prior to any release. This considerably increases the response time. We are unable to provide an accurate estimate of completion at this time.

From: Freedom of Information Act

Ms. Akers-Healy,

Please find attached USCENTCOM's formal acknowledgement of receipt for FOIA request 14-0094 as referred to us by Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Respectfully,

FOIA Team

FOIA Requester Service Center
USCENTCOM/J6-RDF
(813) 529-6285
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From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-0094.

Thank you for your help.

From: Freedom of Information Act

Greetings Ms. Akers-Healy,

Thank you for your inquiry. Upon follow-up on your case, it is discovered
that our review entity is still in process of reviewing the information
received. Barring any unforeseen requirements for outside agency review as
stated in your initial letter from USCENTCOM, we estimate a response to you in
30 to 45 days from now.

Respectfully,

FOIA Team

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

REMINDER: The information in this email and its attachments is intended for
the addressee(s) only. Please contact the sender if you believe you have
received this email in error. Please remember that embedded hyper-links inside
emails are potentially unsafe and should always be manually typed into a web
browser. If you believe that this email or any of the attachments exceeds this
system's classification, please immediately report it to our incident response
team at ccj6-ia-cnd@centcom.mil or ccj6-ia-cnd@centcom.smil.mil.

From: Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

From: Freedom of Information Act

Ms. Akers-Healy,

While processing your FOIA request 14-0094, our Subject Matter Expert (SME) determined that several documents, though similar in nature to others, are believed to be non-responsive in nature. Under the law we are required to consult with you and ask if you would consider relieving us from providing any unclassified non-responsive information. If you so choose not to relieve us, we will be require to segregate the classified information and release the unclassified portions to you vice withholding these documents in their entirety if you were to relieve us. Please note that we are in final stages of the release process and performing the segregation process will in fact require us to return the documents to the SME who may have competing obligations, which could delay our response to you.

Please let us know how you wish us to proceed at your earliest convenience.

Respectfully,

FOIA Team

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

From: Heather Akers-Healy

Dear FOIA Team,

Please release all unclassified documents obtained in the search. I understand this may mean that your response could be delayed.

Thank you,
Heather Akers-Healy

From: Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Heather Akers-Healy

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is a formal appeal regarding FOIA request number 0207-2014. My original request asked for "Documents tracking the number and/or severity of incidents attributed to Al-Qaeda in Iraq since 2004." In response ODNI provided 22 pages of two briefings dated April 26, 2012 and January 17, 2013. This response is appreciated but woefully incomplete.

The documents provided are titled "Iraq: Weekly Security Update", which implies that updates are provided every week, for a possible total of 52 updates per year. Respectfully, I must ask that you search for additional responsive documents that are similar to those already provided.

In making this appeal I reiterate my request for a fee waiver as a freelance journalist reporting in the public interest. The documents will be posted publicly at the MuckRock website and I plan to review and write about them. This FOIA request is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation,

Sincerely,
Heather Akers-Healy

From: Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

The request has been forwarded from one agency to another agency or department for further review or follow up.

From: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: DNI-FOIA

Ms. Akers-Healy,

ODNI's response to your FOIA request is attached. Please contact us if there are any questions.

Sincerely,
DNI-FOIA

From: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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