Articles written by: Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Tuesday, 16 Sep, 2014

Opinion: Iran is taking aim at the anti-ISIS coalition

The sudden dispute over striking ISIS has a backstory. All parties agreed to fight the terrorist organizations of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Al-Nusra Front following the sudden rush of ISIS’s victories in Iraq. These parties are Iran, the US, Russia, the Gulf states, European countries and Turkey. This agreement has been strengthened by the relatively speedy political transition in Baghdad, ending a crisis in governance that could have lasted for months. Nuri Al-Maliki ...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 14 Sep, 2014

Opinion: ISIS is bigger than the Kuwaiti army

To understand the magnitude of the problem on a global level, and not just on the Syrian and regional fronts, we must be aware of just how significant the CIA’s estimates of the number of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters is. Less than two years ago, the CIA estimated ISIS number at just a few hundreds; a few months ago that number was closed to 10,000. This week, however, the CIA admitted that in just a few short months ISIS numbers could have tripled to 30,000. Governments acro...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Thursday, 11 Sep, 2014

Opinion: Iran is not without sin

We can all agree with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in his criticism of the US’s hesitation to confront extremist organizations in Iraq and Syria. However, it is ...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Tuesday, 9 Sep, 2014

Opinion: Giving Iraq a Stay of Execution

In 2007, TIME magazine reported how Sultan Hashim Ahmad Al-Ta'i, the defense minister during Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's era, escaped execution just five hours before he was sc...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 7 Sep, 2014

Opinion: The FSA and the anti-ISIS Alliance

In response to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Mouallem's statement calling on the US and UK to obtain permission from Bashar Al-Assad’s government to strike the Islamic State o...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Wednesday, 3 Sep, 2014

Opinion: An Unconvincing Explanation

Over the past few days, it has been said that the Gulf states have been compelled to put their disputes aside out of fear of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Has this...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Monday, 1 Sep, 2014

Opinion: Obama and the Absence of Strategy

It was good that US President Barack Obama was recently honest enough to admit that his government doesn't have a strategy to deal with the terrorist organization known as the Isla...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Saturday, 30 Aug, 2014

Opinion: Three Stories of Jihadist Incitement

Security forces in the town of Tameer, north of Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, said they arrested eight citizens following appeals by locals to intervene and rid the town of them...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Thursday, 28 Aug, 2014

Opinion: When it comes to ISIS, Iranian help is useless and dangerous

“It is often forgotten that ever since the Iranian revolution, and the ousting of the Shah in 1979, there have been several occasions when the Iranians have been working, informa...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Tuesday, 26 Aug, 2014

Opinion: The Endurance of Religious Extremism

Negligence and a lack of attention allowed Al-Qaeda to flourish and attack US soil on September 11, 2001. That event marked the beginning of the “War on Terror.” A new era o...

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