Trump claims the US knows ‘exactly who’ the new ISIS leader is. Really?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 6, 2019


Donald Trump said the US knows “exactly who” the new ISIS leader is. If so, it’s not letting on. In fact, when the extremist group named Abu Ibrahim Al Hashemi Al Quraishi as Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi’s successor, security experts across the world had just one question: who is he? The announcement, on Halloween, threw … Continue reading “Trump claims the US knows ‘exactly who’ the new ISIS leader is. Really?”

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What to make of Russia’s fake news jibe about supporting US op that Trump says killed Baghdadi

by Rashmee

Posted on October 28, 2019


The Russians disputed Donald Trump’s account four hours after his triumphalist October 27 announcement of the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. No thanks due to us, the Russian Ministry of Defence said tersely, after Mr Trump’s announcement – dripping with vulgar self-satisfaction, larded with inappropriate language, and fulsome praise for “Russia, Turkey, Iraq, … Continue reading “What to make of Russia’s fake news jibe about supporting US op that Trump says killed Baghdadi”

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After Baghouz, what do you do with ISIS families?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 17, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Baghouz, the last redoubt of the Islamic State (ISIS), may be about to fall but the real battle against the extremist group may continue for years. It will revolve around an ethically difficult and strategically important question: What to do with the families of ISIS fighters? This is a global cohort. Women and children linked … Continue reading “After Baghouz, what do you do with ISIS families?”

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The unfulfilled Dabiq prophecy an omen for ISIS

by Rashmee

Posted on October 23, 2016 / The Arab Weekly


In the excitement over a new prophecy, an unfulfilled old one is receiving less atten­tion than it might. The new prediction comes from Baghdad, Washington, Ankara and Erbil and it is upbeat. We are told that the battle for Mo­sul will fatally damage the Islamic State’s pretensions to having and holding an Islamic state. The … Continue reading “The unfulfilled Dabiq prophecy an omen for ISIS”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK