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NCIS Report (Death): 05FEB07-24IZ-0023-7HMA; Hasan Salih Mohammed, Battle Position (BP) Tarawa, Iraq, February 5, 2007

Mar. 24, 2007 | NCIS | ACLU-RDI 5770
This is an NCIS investigation into the death of Hasan Salih Mohammed, an Iraqi civilian who died following a Task Force 88 raid in Tawara Iraq on February 5, 2007. Mr. Mohammed died of unknown causes while being taken in to custody. His body was left on the helicopter Landing Zone (LZ) the night of his death, but was eventually recovered by Marine Patrol 3/4 Kilo Co. and turned over to Iraqi Policemen (IP). The IPs brought the body to the local hospital that eventually released the body to Mr. Mohammed's son. Mr. Mohammed's son returned the body to village of Beyji, Iraq for local burial, Mr. Mohammed's home village. This file contains a report of Investigative Action (March 23, 2007), which containes ten (10) Sworn Statements by the Task Force 88 Team members that conducted the raid. The first soldier's statement states that he escorted Mr. Mohammed out of the house that was raided, and that Mr. Mohammed "did not appear to be having any medical problems" until he got approximately 200 meters from the helicopter Landing Zone (LZ). The soldier states Mr. Mohammed "[fell] forward, down to his knees and then face forward." The soldier then states Mr. Mohammed was placed on a ladder as a litter and transported him to the LZ. The soldier did not see him after that. The second statement is by a soldier who witnessed the collapse, and assisted in the ladder/litter transport to the LZ. That soldier states that Mr. Mohammed's vital signs at the LZ were absent. The third statement is by a soldier who saw the scene after Mr. Mohammed collapsed and witnessed the transport to the LZ, including the medical assessment done by corpsmen at the LZ. The remaining seven (7) statements are consistent with each other in the description of the collapse, transport on the ladder/litter, and the medical assessment done at the LZ. No soldier reports seeing Mr. Mohammed having distress or being abused while in custody. The consensus of the statements are that Mr. Mohammed collapsed spontaneously while in custody and died at the scene. File attachments redacted by an NCIS Redacted Page Information Sheet.