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Ross Leaving Job as Obama’s Adviser on Middle East, Carney Says

Dennis Ross, one of President Barack Obama’s top advisers on the Middle East, will leave the administration before the end of the year, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

Ross, who was Obama’s Middle East expert on the National Security Council and was a top negotiator in the region in President Bill Clinton’s administration, originally committed to staying in the job two years and stayed for almost three, Carney said today at a briefing for reporters in Washington.

Ross also served as an adviser on Iran and is an “architect” of the administration’s sanctions regime against the country. He helped craft the administration’s response to the Arab Spring and has served the U.S. and the administration “very well,” Carney said.

He began his service in the Obama Administration as a senior adviser on Iran at the State Department and during the summer of 2009 moved to the White House. His portfolio expanded to include Obama’s response to the uprisings in the Arab world.

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