Dar Adal is a CIA Black Operations Director and an old friend of Saul Berenson. Adal and Berenson served for a period at the CIA station in Nairobi, Kenya, mainly on covert operations in neighboring Somalia.
He is the handler of Peter Quinn, who is lent to David Estes to terminate Nicholas Brody. After the 12/12 bombing, Saul, in his remaining time as director of the CIA, keeps Dar Adal as a close ally, helping him during the course of Saul's plan to instigate a regime change in Iran. Dar Adal grows to great prominence during season three. Dar has Carrie detained and is primarily responsible for keeping her locked up in a psychiatric facility. He was also behind the operation to kill or capture the Langley bomber, who was still residing in the United States. Carrie wanted to ensure the survival of the perpetrator to exonerate her beloved Brody, who had been blamed for the 12/12 bombing, and nearly compromised the mission. Dar gave the order to Quinn to have Carrie shot in order to prevent the missions failure, which landed Carrie back in the hospital. Later in the season, Brody is brought back to the United States from Venezuela and experiences heroin withdrawals. Saul only has six days before Lockhart is confirmed as the new director of the CIA and must get Brody back to full recovery to implement his regime change plan. Dar recommends they use ibogaine, a drug that speeds up the withdrawal process while also causing violent and severe hallucinations.
In the season finale, Saul promised Carrie that he would have her and Brody extracted from Iran immediately after Brody completed his objectives. However, Javadi believed that the capture and execution of Brody would give further credence to the plot. Unbeknownst to Saul, Dar informs Lockhart and gets approval from the president to take command of the CIA 11 hours before he is to be confirmed. Lockhart gives the orders to Javadi to have Brody arrested and publicly executed.