James Jeffrey's Multicolored Map of Syria

Matthew Petti filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
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Due Sept. 14, 2020
Est. Completion May 31, 2022
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From: Matthew Petti

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

The multi-colored map of Syria circulated by Ambassador James Jeffrey between December 2018 and January 2019.

Ambassador Jeffrey "circulated a color-coded map showing which parts of northeastern Syria he proposed to allow Turkey to take over and which the Kurds could retain" in advance of a January 2019 meeting with Turkish officials, according to former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who described this map on page 459 and 460 of his recent book, "The Room Where It Happened."

Ambassador Jeffrey currently serves as Special Representative for Syria Engagement and the Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL, and may have worked on this map with other officials in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

If any part of these documents are exempt from disclosure, please release any reasonably segregable portions of the documents, as the FOIA requires.

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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.


Matthew Petti

From: Matthew Petti

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to follow up on my FOIA request, originally submitted on Aug. 14, 2020. The request is copied below. Would you be able to confirm whether you have received it?

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

Best regards,
Matthew Petti


Mr. Petti,

This is in reference to your inquiry regarding the status of FOIA request control number F-2020-07785.

This request is still in process. The estimated date of completion (EDC) is May 31, 2022. Please be mindful that EDCs are estimates and are subject to change. You will be notified of the results of the Department's search and review efforts in response to this request when that information becomes available.


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