Souad Mekhennet – Behind the Lines of Jihad



On June 18 Ian spoke with Souad Mekhennet, a correspondent for The Washington Post’s national security desk who was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University, is a visiting fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Policy at Harvard, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and the Geneva Center for Security Policy. She discussed how she got access to leaders of the Islamic State and although she was unsure whether she would end up kidnapped and held hostage, she was able to interview them for her new book, just out, “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad”. We look into the reasons why young Muslims who grew up in the comfort and safety of Europe join ISIS and conduct acts of terrorism against their host countries. We will also examine the role of Wahhabi mosques and recruiters in prisons as well as Saudi Arabia itself, where much of the money and spiritual guidance for anti-Western terrorism comes from.

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