Anti-IS coalition envoy, Iraqi national security adviser discuss cooperation

National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayad

Baghdad ( Iraqi National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayyad, met Tuesday with James Jeffrey, the U.S.’s envoy to the international coalition against Islamic State militants and on the Syrian conflict.

According to Fayyad’s office, both “discussed prospects for international counter-terrorism cooperation and the importance of reinforcing efforts in that respect”.

Jeffrey assumed the additional function of U.S. coalition envoy early January, replacing Bret. Mcgurk who resigned in December, reportedly over disagreement with U.S. President Donald Trump over his decision to withdraw American troops from Syria.

Fayyad, leader of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, the mostly-Shia troops that fought IS alongside government troops since 2014, has been touted as Iraq’s next interior minister, but his nomination was met with opposition from political groups advocating an independent figure.

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