Iranian Operations in Iraq (JWICS): Q1, 2007 (FOIA)

David Scantling filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.
Tracking # 17-F-0437
Due Feb. 13, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: David Scantling

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Joint Staff documents, reports, files, and electronic-mail messages related to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps–Quds Force (IRGC-QF) operations in Iraq during Q1, 2007; limited to the following FOIA search constraints:

1. Date Range: January 1, 2007 to March 31, 2007;
2. Network: Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS); including OSD and/or Joint Staff applications, databases, electronic-mail servers, and file servers—including any back-up media—that were connected to JWICS;
3. Search Terms: Iran, IRGC, IRGC-QF, Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, Hezbollah, Special Groups, Counter Iranian Influence (CII), Iraq Threat Finance Cell (ITFC), Muqtada al Sadr, Qais Khazali, Laith Khazali, Ali Musa Daqduq, Akram al‐Kabi, Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), Imam al‐Hadi Brigade, Imam al‐Ali Brigade, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Task Force 17 (TF 17), Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I), Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I), Task Force Troy, Directional Improvised Explosive Device (IED), Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP), Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD), and Combined Explosives Exploitation Cell (CEXC).

Although FOIA has always presumed that government records are open to public inspection, the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, Pub. L. 114-185, prohibits agencies from withholding records unless (1) “disclosure is prohibited by law” or (2) “the agency reasonably foresees that disclosure would harm an interest protected by” one of FOIA’s exemptions. 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(8)(A). Thus, in addition to FOIA favoring disclosure and requiring its exemptions to be narrowly construed, Section 552(a)(8)(A) prohibits agencies from using their discretion to broadly withhold records merely because they believe an exemption could technically apply.

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,

David Scantling

From: Porter, Sean M CTR WHS ESD (US)

Good morning,

Please see the attached for the Interim Response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Thanks,

Sean Porter
FOIA Specialist
DoD/WHS/ESD
(571) 372-0421
sean.m.porter27.ctr@mail.mil

From: Porter, Sean M CTR WHS ESD (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Good afternoon,

The estimated date of completion for FOIA case #17-F-0437 is September 2017.
Thanks,

Sean Porter
FOIA Specialist
DoD/WHS/ESD
(571) 372-0421
sean.m.porter27.ctr@mail.mil

From: Porter, Sean M CTR WHS ESD (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Good afternoon,

The Estimated Date of Completion for FOIA case #17-F-0437 is November 2017.
Thanks,

Sean Porter
FOIA Specialist
DoD/WHS/ESD
(571) 372-0421
sean.m.porter27.ctr@mail.mil

From: Porter, Sean M CTR WHS ESD (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Good morning,

The Estimated Date of Completion for FOIA case #17-F-0437 remains November 2017.
Thanks,

Sean Porter
FOIA Specialist
DoD/WHS/ESD
(571) 372-0421
sean.m.porter27.ctr@mail.mil

From: Porter, Sean M CTR WHS ESD (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Good morning,

The Estimated Date of Completion for FOIA case #17-F-0437 remains November 2017.
Thanks,

Sean Porter
FOIA Specialist
DoD/WHS/ESD
(571) 372-0421
sean.m.porter27.ctr@mail.mil

From: Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Good morning,

The Estimated Date of Completion for FOIA case #17-F-0437 remains January 2018.
Thanks,

Sean Porter
FOIA Specialist
DoD/WHS/ESD
(571) 372-0421
sean.m.porter27.ctr@mail.mil

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