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Iraqi National Security Adviser Says Terrorism Linked to Havens in Syria

In an interview with Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraqi National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayad describes the intricate regional and internal factors affecting his job, and what the future holds for Iraq’s national security.
Iraqi National Security Adviser Faleh Al-Fayad speaks to the media during a joint news conference with Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili (not pictured) in Baghdad, August 8, 2012.  REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR36GIM
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Faleh al-Fayad, the Iraqi national-security adviser, believes that 2013 will be the year that the Strategic Framework Agreement will be fully implemented, saying that US President Barack Obama’s re-election will further stabilize cooperation efforts between Iraq and the United States.

As national-security adviser, Fayad’s purview encompasses burdensome issues related to security and untangling the complex network of threads that connect emergent terrorist groups with the unfolding events in the Middle East, all while staying afloat in Iraq’s tumultuous political scene. Fayad is the second most prominent figure in the National Reform Movement led by former Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. He played a large role in forging the Shiite-dominated National Alliance, which presently governs Iraq, and he was also one of the drafters of the Iraqi constitution that was ratified in 2005.

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