Use of the term 'terrorist' in MoD publication 'British forces air strikes in Iraq and Syria: monthly list'

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Dear Ministry of Defence,

In the MoD's published monthly lists of UAV strikes against targets in Iraq and Syria (https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...) the term 'terrorist' is used to describe a great many targets, including persons and vehicles (e.g. other drones, trucks).

I do *not* want any information on how the term is applied to specific individuals or groups, but rather to know in relation to its generic use:

1. Is the use of the term 'terrorist' in the abovementioned list compliant with the UK's legal definition of 'terrorism' outlined in the Terrorism Act 2000 or another piece of anti-terrorism legislation?

2. Have persons designated as 'terrorist' in the list been convicted in a court of law of specific terrorist offences, or are they in fact suspects in terror offences?

3. Are MoD lawyers consulted in the process of designating targets as 'terrorist'?

4. When 'terrorist' vehicles, or buildings occupied by 'terrorists' or 'Daesh' are reported as being struck with missiles, there is rarely a specific number of fatalities or casualities - does the MoD always know how many people are killed or injured in such attacks?

Yours faithfully,
Dr Ben Whitham

CIO-FOI (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Gibbons

 

Please see attached response to your request for information

 

Regards

 

Information Rights Team

Ministry of Defence

Dear CIO-FOI (MULTIUSER),

Thank you for your reply. You have replied with a response to a different FOI, about targeted killing and the use of drones *in conflict*. This does not relate to my FOI. Please refer to my original FOI, which is asking for information about how the MoD uses terminology in its online publications. My question was not about the status of 'targeted killing' or the justification for using drones in the field, it was about how and why the MoD uses the term 'terrorist' to describe targets (persons, vehicles, etc.) in its online, published monthly list of drone strikes in Iraq and Syria. Your reply does not address this at all. Please respond to my original request.

Yours sincerely,

Ben Whitham

CIO-FOI (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Whitham

Thank you for your email.

I can confirm that the response which you received was meant for another requester and sent to the wrong Whatdotheyknow account.

Apologies

Information Rights Team
Ministry of Defence

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CIO-FOI (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Dr Whitham,

 

Please see attached response to you r request for information

 

Regards

 

Information Rights Team

Ministry of Defence

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