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NCIS Report (Death): 22DEC07-24IZ-0236-7HMA; Thair Hamid Khalaf Hassan Alwani, Combat Outpost (COP) Manion, Iraq, December 22, 2007

Dec. 24, 2007 | NCIS | ACLU-RDI 5780
This is an NCIS investigation of the death of an Iraqi detainee, Thair Hamid Khalaf Hassan Alwani, who died in the custody of the Military Transition Team (MiTT) on December 22, 2007 while being transported from Combat Outpost (COP) Manion to the Camp Fallujah Regional Detention Facility (RFD), Iraq. It is reported that while being transported in a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, Mr. Alwani grabbed the M-4 rifle of one of the guards, caused a round to be fired and was then shot multiple times by the soldier, who resorted to using his handgun. Mr. Alwani was pronounced dead at the scene. There did not appear to be any violations of the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC). This file contains the Sworn Statement of the soldier who shot Mr. Alwani. This soldier states that he was assigned to guard Mr. Alwani during the transportation to Camp Fallujah. He states that Mr. Alawani was attempting to move around during the trip and was told to "sit down" and "stop moving" several times. The soldier states that approximately 30 minutes in to the trip Mr. Alwani made an attempt to take the soldier's M-4 rifle. There was a struggle for the weapon and Mr. Alwani was able to cause a discharge of a round from the rifle. The soldier stated he was in fear of his life, so he pulled his side arm and shot Mr. Alwani three times, killing him. The report also contains a list of the evidence gathered from the vehicle. File attachments redacted by an NCIS Redacted Page Information Sheet.