National Security Advisor Blinken visits with Iraqi National Security Advisor Faleh al-Fayyad

Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken talked on Monday with Iraqi National Security Advisor Faleh al-Fayyad about the United States' support for the Iraqi Security Forces in Levant.

Blinken said the U.S. supports the security forces' ongoing operations. He also endorsed the Iraqi government's actions in working cooperatively with communities in Anbar province, as well as national leaders, to respond to the citizens' urgent needs in areas affected by terrorism.

The meeting attendees confirmed the partnership between the U.S. and Iraq under the Strategic Framework Agreement, and the need for more cooperation with neighboring countries to undermine terrorist threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant in the region.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant is a group of insurgents in Iraq and Syria, and became active during the early years of the Iraq War. The group is thought to be behind the killings of thousands of Iraqi citizens, as well as members of Iraqi government and its allies.

Officials from the White House, the State Department and the United States Embassy in Baghdad are in continual contact with Iraqi officials to provide support in efforts against the ISIL. Officials also are encouraging interaction and coordination between Iraqi Security Forces and the Iraqi people.