I Was Told to Come Alone

Title:                      I Was Told to Come Alone

Author:                 Souad Mekhennet

Mekhennet, Souad (2017). I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind The Lines of Jihad. New York: Henry Holt and Co.

LCCN:    2016054740

HV6433.I722 I8562 2017


Date Posted:      April 26, 2017

Reviewed in The Intelligencer[1]

The journalist who broke the “Jihadi John” story draws on her personal experience to bridge the gap between the Muslim world and the West and explain the rise of Islamic radicalism.

Souad Mekhennet has lived her entire life between worlds. The daughter of a Turkish mother and a Moroccan father, shw was born and educated in Germany and has worked for several American newspapers. Since the 9/11 attacks she has reported stories regarding the most dangerous members of her religion; when she is told to come alone to an interview, she never knows what awaits at her destination.

In this book, Mekhennet seeks to answer the question, “What is in the minds of these young jihadists, and how can we understand and defuse it?” We accompany her from Germany to the heart of the Muslim world—from the Middle East to North Africa, from Sunni Pakistan to Shia Iran, and the Turkish/ Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. She then returns to Europe, first in London, where she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” and then in Paris and Brussels, where terror has come to the heart of Western civilization.

[1] Reviewed in The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies (22, 3, Winter 2016-17, p. 135). This review is taken from material provided by the publisher.l

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