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I was told to come alone

A New Memoir by GCSP Fellow Souad Mekhennet


Release Date:

June 2017

And indeed she did. She always came alone. In her soft though controlled voice, she spoke to many of these men Nietzsche would have called monsters, had he imagined they would one day exist. And although she will not admit to it, coming alone was (and still is) her way.

As a journalist and as a woman belonging to so many cultures – Turkish and Moroccan origins while educated in Germany, she literally carved her way into the world of journalism and into the darkest arcane of terrorism.

GCSP’s Associate Fellow, Souad Mekhennet, also national security correspondent for the Washington Post, is perhaps most well-known as the journalist who uncovered the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner “Jihadi John”.

The GCSP is honored to invite readers on a journey into terrorism by reading Ms. Mekhennet’s book: I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey behind the Lines of Jihad, published by Henry Holt & Co. in June 2017.

And because it is Souad, an author with tremendous talents, the road won’t end into darkness but with the vivid memory of her smile. Because at the end of her trip, Souad Mekhennet reminds us that monsters can be human, after all.