Case Number: 1:21-cv-08105
Court: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Client: Azmat Khan
Complaint Filed: Sept. 30, 2021
Background: In late 2019, investigative journalist Azmat Khan filed the first of eight Freedom of Information Act requests seeking records from two federal agencies: U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Khan’s requests specifically sought records concerning civilian casualties resulting from U.S. military operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. The requests followed Khan’s groundbreaking reporting on civilian casualties related to American-led coalition strikes as part of the fight against the Islamic State.
As of Sept. 30, 2021, neither of the agencies has produced records responsive to the requests. Nor have they issued responses citing exemptions to withhold the requested records.
On behalf of Khan, attorneys for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed this lawsuit against the Department of Defense, CENTCOM and the Agency for International Development, claiming that the government agencies violated FOIA by failing to meet statutory deadlines and by unlawfully withholding agency records.