When journalist Souad Mekhennet chooses to go and conduct an interview, it can be a life or death decision. She’s spent much of the past 15 years reporting on Islamic extremist groups, and she’s interviewed leaders of Al Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS, some of the world’s most wanted men.
Mekhennet grew up as a Muslim in Germany, and she’s interested in understanding what Jihadists think, and how they appeal to disaffected young Muslims around the world. Besides speaking to members of radical organizations, she’s interviewed many of their recruits in the Middle East and Europe. Mekhennet is a national security correspondent for The Washington Post. Her memoir is I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad.
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