Date of birth: unknown
Place of birth: 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
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.
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