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للإطلاع على هذه الصفحة باللغة العربية، يرجى الضغط هنا

Inquiring into all the circumstances surrounding allegations of unlawful killing by British forces  

The Iraq Fatality Investigations (IFI) are a form of inquest and judicial inquiry.

They are not a coroner’s inquest which takes place under statute, nor are they a statutory inquiry.  It may be more helpful, and less confusing, for our work to be seen as the work of a judicial inquiry.

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Our work involves investigating evidence in order to make findings about the circumstances in which a death has occurred.  The IFI are not concerned with determining criminal or civil liability.    

The IFI are therefore to be distinguished from investigations, whether by the police or by the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), which are taken to determine whether or not criminal conduct is involved.  We are entirely separate from the IHAT, with entirely different functions.

The chair (‘Inspector’) of the IFI is Sir George Newman.

At the end of an inquiry, the Inspector produces a report in which he sets out his findings.  The report satisfies two objectives:

1)           Providing a narrative account of the immediate circumstances in which the death occurred; and

2)           An examination of the wider circumstances in which the death occurred and any lessons which should be learned.

Latest News

The Inspector has now concluded his investigations into the deaths of Captain Abdul Hussan Taleb Hassan and Mr Ali Salam Naser.  The reports relating to those investigations can be accessed on the reports page of this site, and are also on the GOV.UK website (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/iraq-fatalities-investigations-report-into-the-death-of-captain-abdul-hussan-taleb-hassan and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/iraq-fatalities-investigations-report-into-the-death-of-ali-salam-naser)

On 4th October 2016 the Inspector made a ruling on anonymity which can be accessed here.

The inquiry into the death of Captain Hassan is progressing.   On 27th September 2016 a Skype link took place with the widow and the family and a transcript is available here.  

Part 1 of the report into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali was published on the reports page of this website at 2pm on Thursday 15th September 2016.  As will be seen from the contents Part 2 of the report will follow in due course. 

The Inspector released a public statement on 1st July 2016 regarding media contact with witnesses, which can be accessed here and is also available on the 'Public Statements' page of this website.   

Current cases

Details of further cases will be announced here in due course. 

Concluded cases

Captain Abdul Hussan Taleb Hassan

The Inspector found that on 17 December 2004 Capt Hassan was fatally shot by a UK forces patrol who, perceiving it to present an imminent threat to their lives, fired a number of rounds into his vehicle in accordance with the Rules of Engagement. The Inspector concluded that whilst some of the soldiers perceived Capt Hassan to be holding a gun, he did not take out his pistol at any time during the incident. The full report can be read here.

The investigation into the death of Mr Ali Salam Naser

The Inspector’s report into the death of Mr Naser concluded that he was shot in the head by a single bullet in the Hay Al Muhandiseen neighbourhood of Basra at around 3.30pm on 10 April 2007. At the time UK Forces were engaged in a large-scale counter-insurgency operation resulting in intense fighting. However, the Inspector found that it is not possible to determine by whom Mr Naser was shot. The full report can be read here.

Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali

The Inspector concluded in Part 1 of his  report into the death of Mr Ahmed Ali that, having been detained by members of the British Forces in Iraq for looting, and while still in their custody, Mr Ali drowned in the Shatt al Basra canal on 8 May 2003.  The soldiers had forced Mr Ali into the water and failed to go to his assistance when he floundered, thereby causing his death. 

Part 2 of the Inspector’s report will examine the wider circumstances surrounding Mr Ali’s death, including the cases any other Iraqis who allegedly died in similar circumstances. It will include consideration of the extent to which any practice of placing looters into water as a deterrent or punishment was known about and/or sanctioned by the military chain of command.   Part 2 of the report will be published on our reports page in due course.

Muhammad Abdul Ridha Salim

The report into the death of Mr Salim concluded that he died on as a result of being shot by a British soldier during a search and arrest operation on 6 November 2003 which had targeted the house of Mr Salim’s brother-in-law, Mohammed Zuboon, in response to false information provided to British Forces by a member of a tribe involved in a dispute with Mr Zuboon. The false information was to the effect that members of Mr Zuboon’s household were heavily armed and preparing an attack on a nearby British Army base, Camp Cherokee.   When the British Forces forced entry into the house, Mr Salim and Mr Zuboon’s nephew were armed in preparation for a second assault on their home by the rival tribe.  Mr Salim was shot by a soldier who fired in self-defence, believing Mr Salim to present athreat to the life of himself and his colleagues.   The full report can be accessed here.

Nadheem Abdullah

The Inspector's report into the death of Mr Abdullah concluded that he died from a blow or blows to the left side of his head inflicted by one or more British soldiers on 11 May 2003.  The soldiers had stopped the vehicle he was travelling in after it had failed to stop at a vehicle checkpoint.  The full report can be read here.

Hassan Said

The Inspector found that Mr Said died as a result of a gunshot wound sustained on 2 August 2003 following a struggle in which two British soldiers were attempting to restrain him. During the struggle, one of the soldiers believed that Mr Said was attempting to lay hands on both his own rifle and his colleague's pistol, and he therefore shot at Mr Said.  The full report can be read here.