“I was told to come alone. I was not to carry any identification, and would have to leave my cell phone, audio recorder, watch, and purse at my hotel...”
Souad Mekhennet launches her new book, I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad, in which she recounts her journey as a reporter going behind the lines of jihad in Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. Beginning in the German neighbourhoods where the 9/11 plotters were radicalised and the Iraqi neighborhoods where Sunnis and Shias were turned against one another, Mekhennet interrogates the imaginary war between the West and Islam that has become a propaganda tool for both extremists and opportunist politicians alike and discusses some of the complex reasons behind the radicalisation of young Muslims.
Souad Mekhennet (@smekhennet) is a correspondent for The Washington Post’s national security desk, and she has reported on terrorism for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and NPR.
The LSE Middle East Centre (@LSEMiddleEast) builds on LSE's long engagement with the Middle East and North Africa and provides a central hub for the wide range of research on the region carried out at LSE.
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