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Nationality: Iraqi
Date of birth: unknown
Place of birth: unknown

Capture: unknown
SSCI prisoner number: 117

Entered CIA custody: 16 November 2005 – 30 November 2005
Period of CIA custody: 280-289 days
Left CIA custody: 1 September 2006 – 6 September 2006

Detained: unknown

Current status: unknown


Abu Ja’far al-Iraqi was held by the CIA for around 9 months during 2005-2006, in an unknown location. CIA records cited by the SSCI report reveal that he had initially been held by the US military for over 30 days, and was not registered with the ICRC, pending his transfer to CIA custody. The transfer to the CIA was completed pursuant to a September 2005 Memorandum of Understanding between the CIA and the DoD relating to US military involvement in CIA detention activities. Another CIA prisoner, Ibrahim Jan, was also transferred from DoD to CIA custody under this MoU, although it is unclear whether they were held and transferred at the same time.

Analysis by The Rendition Project and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has established that he was transferred into CIA custody at some point between 16 November 2005 and 30 November 2005. According to calculations published by the SSCI, he was held by the CIA for around 9-10 months (280-289 days). US Government records cited by the SSCI report show that al-Iraqi’s transfer to CIA detention took place “notwithstanding Department of State concerns that the transfer would be inconsistent with statements made by the secretary of state that U.S. forces in Iraq would remain committed to the law of armed conflict, including the Geneva Conventions.” Once in CIA detention, al-Iraqi was subjected to a range of “enhanced interrogation techniques”. Cables dated December 2005 document that he was “subjected to nudity, dietary manipulation, insult slaps, abdominal slaps, attention grasps, facial holds, walling, stress positions for 54 hours as part of sleep deprivation, and experienced welling in his lower legs requiring blood thinner and spiral ace bandaged. He was moved to a sitting position, and his sleep deprivation was extended to 78 hours. After the swelling subsided, he was provided with more blood thinner and was returned to the standing position. The sleep deprivation was extended to 102 hours.” After four hours of sleep, al-Iraqi “was subjected to an additional 52 hours of sleep deprivation, after which CIA Headquarters informed interrogators that eight hours was the minimum rest period between sleep deprivation sessions exceeding 48 hours.” In addition to the swelling, al-Iraqi also “experienced an enema on his head due to walling, abrasions on his neck, and blisters on his ankles from shackles.”

Despite the intensive torture of al-Iraqi, CIA records show that he provided “almost no information that could be used to locate former colleagues or disrupt attack plots.” This language was inserted into a Presidential Daily Brief for President Bush, but later dropped. One of the interrogators wrote, “If we allow the Director to give this PDB, as it is written, to the President, I would imagine the President would say, ‘You asked me to risk my presidency on your interrogations, and now you give me this that implies the interrogations are not working. Why do we bother?’ We think the tone of the PDB should be tweaked. Some of the conclusions, based on our experts' observations, should be amended. The glass is half full, not half empty, and is getting more full every day.”

Al-Iraqi was transferred from CIA to DoD custody in Iraq at some point between 1 September 2006 and 6 September 2006. His fate and whereabouts after this point are unknown.



SSCI, Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, 9 December 2014




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