My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad
Henry Holt & Co
On Sale: June 13, 2017
Hardcover / e-Book
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“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. . . .”
For her whole life, Souad Mekhennet, a reporter for The
Washington Post who was born and educated in Germany, has
had to balance the two sides of her upbringing – Muslim and
Western. She has also sought to provide a mediating voice
between these cultures, which too often misunderstand each
In this compelling and evocative memoir, we accompany
Mekhennet as she journeys behind the lines of jihad,
starting in the German neighborhoods where the 9/11 plotters
were radicalized and the Iraqi neighborhoods where Sunnis
and Shia turned against one another, and culminating on the
Turkish/Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence.
In her travels across the Middle East and North Africa, she
documents her chilling run-ins with various intelligence
services and shows why the Arab Spring never lived up to its
promise. She then returns to Europe, first in London, where
she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner
“Jihadi John,” and then in France, Belgium, and her native
Germany, where terror has come to the heart of Western
Mekhennet’s background has given her unique access to some
of the world’s most wanted men, who generally refuse to
speak to Western journalists. She is not afraid to face
personal danger to reach out to individuals in the inner
circles of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS, and their
affiliates; when she is told to come alone to an interview,
she never knows what awaits at her destination.
Souad Mekhennet is an ideal guide to introduce us to the
human beings behind the ominous headlines, as she shares her
transformative journey with us. Hers is a story you will not
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