Souad Mekhennet

Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow

Souad Mekhennet is an Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America. She is the author of I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad, which Henry Holt will publish in 2017.  The book recounts her quest to discover what is in the minds of young jihadists, with an eye toward understanding what leads them to commit violent acts. She tells this story through her personal experiences as a Muslim born and raised in Germany and through her extensive reporting on jihadi terrorism, which she has covered since 2001 in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.  She has written extensively for publications on both sides of the Atlantic and is currently a correspondent for The Washington Post.

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Best Books 2017

Souad Mekhennet's book "I was Told to Come Alone" was just named one of the 10 best non-fiction books of 2017 by the Washington Post


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Reporter Details Her Journey Behind Lines of Jihad

Souad Mekhennet joined MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program to discuss her new book, I Was Told to Come Alone: Behind the Lines of Jihad.


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'I Was Told To Come Alone' Is One Reporter's Up-Close Look at Jihad

Christian Science Monitor reviews Souad Mekhennet's new book I Was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad:


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Asking Jihadists Why They Hate Us

VICE profiles Souad Mekhennet and her recently-published book "I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad".


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I Was Told to Come Alone

In this compelling and evocative memoir, we accompany Souad Mekhennet as she journeys behind the lines of jihad.


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Journalist Ventured 'Behind The Lines Of Jihad' To Interview The World's Most Wanted

Souad Mekhennet appeared on NPR's FRESH AIR to discuss her new book I Was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind The Lines Of Jihad:


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Journalist Souad Mekhennet's New Book Goes Behind the Lines of Jihad

Souad Mekhennet appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss her new book "I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad".


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I Was Told To Come Alone

With unprecedented access to some of the world's most wanted men, Souad Mekhennet is told to never come alone to an interview.


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U.S. Increasingly Sees Iran’s Hand in The Arming of Bahraini Militants

Souad Mekhennet writes for the Washington Post about Iran's increasing intervention in Bahrain.


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For the ‘Children of ISIS,’ Target Practice Starts at Age 6. By Their Teens, They’re Ready to Be Suicide Bombers.

Souad Mekhennet was interviewed by the Washington Post about her interviews with a boy who had been indoctrinated by the Islamic State.


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What It's Like to Interview Children Who Have Been Recruited by ISIS

Souad Mekhennet was interviewed by the Washington Post about her interviews with a boy who had been indoctrinated by the Islamic State.


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This ISIS Defector Said He Was an Innocent Bystander. A New Video Questions His Story.

Souad Mekhennet wrote for the Washington Post about Harry Sarfo, an ISIS defector who claimed to be an innocent bystander.