Clearer skies over the Maghreb? No. Airstrikes aren’t a strategy

by Rashmee

Posted on February 22, 2016


It’s a brighter weekend than before here in the Maghreb. Supposedly. Ten degrees Celsius in Tunis. The Tunisian capital is supposedly safer. American airstrikes on an ISIL camp in Libya hit a 60-strong group of foreign fighters and Noureddine Chouchane, a senior Tunisian operative in the terrorist group, is thought to have been among those … Continue reading “Clearer skies over the Maghreb? No. Airstrikes aren’t a strategy”

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ISIL’s Toyota trucks bring to mind Paul Bowles’s story on the Reguibat

by Rashmee

Posted on October 11, 2015


I thought of Paul Bowles’s short story ‘A Distant Episode’ when I read about US officials’ increasingly urgent questions regarding ISIL’s fleet of Toyota trucks. The officials want to know where they get them in such large numbers and why. We’ll come to the where and why soon, but first to the connection between the … Continue reading “ISIL’s Toyota trucks bring to mind Paul Bowles’s story on the Reguibat”

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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