In time of coronavirus, ISIS shows method in its murderous madness

by Rashmee

Posted on March 22, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


ISIS urged its followers to avoid Europe like the plague. The unfolding coronavirus crisis has elements of the surreal, one of which is the extremist group Islamic State’s “travel advice” to its members. In its al-Naba newsletter, the Islamic State (ISIS) urged its followers to avoid Europe like the plague. Literally. The “healthy should not … Continue reading “In time of coronavirus, ISIS shows method in its murderous madness”

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Coronavirus kills the ISIS threat as the terrorist group issues travel advice for Europe?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 16, 2020


The unfolding coronavirus crisis has elements of the surreal. Consider this. ** ISIS has issued travel advice to its members: terrorists should avoid Europe, the new epicentre of the virus, according to the World Health Organisation. The brutal extremist group’s Al Naba newsletter warned that the “healthy should not enter the land of the epidemic … Continue reading “Coronavirus kills the ISIS threat as the terrorist group issues travel advice for Europe?”

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Iran’s Qasem Soleimani matters in death as much as in life

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2020 / Quartz


The US Department of Defense announced today that an American airstrike in Baghdad killed Qasem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force. This triggered a spike in oil and gold prices, and set World War III trending on Twitter. Who was Soleimani? And why does he matter? There are competing perspectives, with sharply differing points of view. The US … Continue reading “Iran’s Qasem Soleimani matters in death as much as in life”

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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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It really wasn’t Trump’s bin Laden moment

by Rashmee

Posted on November 1, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Dana Shell Smith, deputy assistant secretary of state for international media engagement at the time of bin Laden’s death, expressed concern about Trump’s celebratory tone. Donald Trump’s October 27 announcement that US forces had killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reprised Barack Obama’s May 2, 2011, statement that Osama bin Laden was dead but … Continue reading “It really wasn’t Trump’s bin Laden moment”

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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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An ‘international’ tribunal for ISIS fighters?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 26, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Today, Nuremberg could be a style, if not the template, for establishing a proper trial process for 21st-century crimes against humanity. Sweden has begun moves to establish an international tribunal to try Islamic State (ISIS) fighters for crimes they are suspected of having committed in Iraq and Syria. The moves, however, have been limited to … Continue reading “An ‘international’ tribunal for ISIS fighters?”

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Christchurch to Colombo: The unseen arc?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 28, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


The fact a Christchurch-Colombo connection was made by a Sri Lankan government minister raises a terrible prospect. After the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, former CIA Director Michael Morell offered a dismal assessment of the state of the world. There are, he said, at least triple the number of Islamist extremists today than there … Continue reading “Christchurch to Colombo: The unseen arc?”

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Why not devise a trial process and declare Al Hol an international prison?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 23, 2019


  At the weekend, a truly horrible report appeared in The Washington Post. It said that “a militant band of women loyal to the Islamic State is terrorizing others who fled the battlefront for this sprawling camp in northeastern Syria”. Those women, the Post added, were demanding that others “adhere to the strict codes once … Continue reading “Why not devise a trial process and declare Al Hol an international prison?”

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What the reaction to Notre Dame does and does not say

by Rashmee

Posted on April 21, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Arabs may have lost much of their faith in the value of their heritage after they lost adequate appreciation of the value of lives in their midst. Some have taken the massive fire that destroyed the roof and spire of the 856-year-old Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris as a sign; others as a warning. … Continue reading “What the reaction to Notre Dame does and does not say”

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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