Turkish-Backed War Crimes in Syria (U.S. Department of State)

Matthew Petti filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking #

F-2020-07840

Multi Request Turkish-Backed War Crimes in Syria
Due Aug. 18, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Matthew Petti


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all questions sent from any inspector general to State Department officials about the October 12, 2019 killing of Syrian Kurdish politician Hevrin Khalaf and any communications or documents received in response to such queries between October 12, 2019 and May 13, 2020. Hevrin is also spelled Hafrin, and Khalaf is also spelled Khelef or Xelef, in some sources.

Any and all questions sent from any inspector general to State Department officials about the Syrian National Army, Turkish supported Syrian Opposition forces (TSO), or the Syrian Interim Government, and any communications or documents received in response to such queries between October 12, 2019 and May 13, 2020.

Please include any email attachments associated with the above communications as well. If any part of these documents are exempt from disclosure, please release any reasonably segregable portions of the documents, as the FOIA requires.

I request that I be properly classified as a news media requester. I am a reporter for the National Interest, and I am requesting this information in that editorial capacity.

The National Interest is widely recognized for its reporting, publishing regular features on issues of public interest and importance. In addition, I have covered areas related to this request, and plan to use my editorial skills to analyze and produce original reporting work for millions of monthly readers at NationalInterest.org.

If you have any questions about my media status, please contact me.

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,

Matthew Petti

From: U.S. Department of State

**THIS EMAIL BOX IS NOT MONITORED, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.** Mr.Petti: This email acknowledges receipt of your July 29, 2020, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. § 552) request received by the U.S. Department of State, Office ofInformation Programs and Services on August 7, 2020, regardingquestions sent from any inspector general to State Department officials about the October 12, 2019, killing of Syrian Kurdish politician Hevrin Khalaf and the Syrian National Army, Turkish supported Syrian Opposition forces (TSO), or the Syrian Interim Government and any communications or documents received in response to such queries (Date Range for Record Search: From 10/12/2019 To 5/13/2020). Unless you advise otherwise, we will treat as non-responsive any compilations of publicly available news reports and any publicly available documents not created by the U.S. government, such as mass-distribution emails from news media.  This Office assigned your request the subject reference number and placed it in the complex processing track where it will beprocessed as quickly as possible. See 22 CFR § 171.11(h). This Office willnot be able to respond within the 20 days provided by the statute due to“unusual circumstances.” See 5 U.S.C. §552(a)(6)(B)(i)-(iii). In this instance,the unusual circumstances include the need to search for and collect requestedrecords from other Department offices or Foreign Service posts. If you have any questions regarding yourrequest , would like to narrow the scope or arrange analternative time frame to speed its processing, or would like an estimated dateof completion, please contact our FOIA Requester Service Center or our FOIAPublic Liaison by email at FOIAstatus@state.gov or telephone at202-261-8484. Additionally, youmay contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at theNational Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIAmediation services they offer. Thecontact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government InformationServices, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS,College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, email at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769. **THIS EMAIL BOX IS NOT MONITORED, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.**

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