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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed is a veteran columnist. He is the former general manager of Al Arabiya news channel, and former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat.

Twitter: @aalrashed

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The crown prince’s visit that never was

I wish the rumor about a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Iraq was true. The mere suggestion pushed Iran’s supporters to rally and oppose the alleged visit, which shows its importance and reflects Tehran’s fears of the independence of Iraqi decision-makers.

April 05, 2018

Syria: Americans withdraw, Iranians stay

Apart from defeating Daesh, the presence of American troops has had no critical role in the Syrian war. However, their withdrawal would make it easier for the Iranian regime to complete ‘the final chapter’ of its full takeover of Syria, and control over Iraq and Lebanon.

March 31, 2018

Iranian missiles on the anniversary of the Yemen war

The seven ballistic missiles launched at four Saudi cities by the Houthis underscore the correctness of waging the war against them and the soundness of the warnings about Iran’s role in the region. It is Iran that smuggles the missiles and orchestrates their launching into Saudi Arabia.

March 26, 2018

Trump's war government … Against whom?

At an Iranian opposition event, John Bolton stood and told the thousands who had gathered: “We will celebrate with you in Tehran in 2019.” The words resonated with those inside the hall but did not receive much attention outside because the speaker was just a former ambassador.

March 24, 2018

The relationship between money, oil and weapons

Relations between states are based on interests; this sentence is frequently repeated and remains valid in understanding politics. Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the United States, the region’s most established and longest lasting relationship with Washington, is no exception.

March 22, 2018

The crown prince’s US visit and the Yemen war

Headlines in the American media reflect the importance of the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the United States, which began on Monday.

March 20, 2018

The justification for a Saudi nuclear bomb

The Saudi crown prince dropped a significant bombshell when he announced that Saudi Arabia having a nuclear bomb was certain if Iran built its own bomb.

March 19, 2018

Riyadh and Washington ready to face down Iran

Before the Saudi crown prince meets the US president on Monday, Europe rushes to reach a conclusion that appears to restrict Iran but, in fact, aims to stop the US attempt to foil the Iran nuclear deal.

March 17, 2018

Does Tillerson's removal matter to us?

The surprising thing about the removal of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is not that Donald Trump fired him, but that he waited a year and a half to do so — given that the president is well known for his outspoken outbursts.

March 14, 2018

History according to the former emir of Qatar

For some, truth is not that important; what is more important is what can be presented to people.

March 12, 2018