Classified Military Records

Classified images withheld from a Freedom of Information Act request seeking military investigation records relating to terrorist attacks in Iraq between 2004 and 2011 should not be released, the Second Circuit ruled. A law firm representing hundreds of U.S. service members injured or killed in such attacks is not entitled to the records under the official disclosure doctrine.

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Oil and Terrorism

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a suit against Chevron claiming the company funded acts of terrorism through surcharges of Iraqi crude oil, which were remitted to former Iraq President Saddam Hussein. While Chevron knew a “kickback from its purchase” would be end up in Iraq, it did not necessarily know those funds were specifically used to finance terrorism, the court ruled.

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Soleimani Assassination

Kevin Cloyd, a civilian assistant fire chief at a U.S. military base in Iraq, sued KBR for $10 million, claiming he suffered brain injuries in Iran’s Jan. 8 missile attack after KBR “ignore(d) the unambiguous threats of retaliation” and “failed to evacuate its workers after the United States assassinated Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in Harris County Court.

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Iraq Tells Military to Minimize Reliance on US

The Iraqi government has told its military not to seek assistance from the U.S.-led coalition in operations against the Islamic State group, two senior Iraqi military officials said, amid a crisis of mistrust between Washington and Baghdad after an American strike assassinated a top Iranian general and an Iraqi militia commander.

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