Souad Mekhennet

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering national security, Middle East, North Africa, terrorism, Europe.

Education: Diploma, Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt/M. Political Science (International Relations, Peace and Conflict Research), History, Psychology, Sociology; Henri-Nannen-Journalism school, Hamburg

Souad Mekhennet 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. She was a 2012 Nieman fellow at Harvard University, and she is a visiting fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies as well as the Geneva Center for Security Policy. She was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Mekhennet first reported for The Post in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, delving into the backgrounds of the Hamburg cell and w
Latest from Souad Mekhennet

Iranian banks notch win in dispute over sanctions enforcement

Bahrain is ordered to pay millions after shutting down an Iranian-owned bank accused of sanctions violations.

November 26, 2021

In the shadow of the towers: Five lives and a world transformed

On Sept. 12, 2001, the United States staggered to its feet amid the devastation of the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks. Yet, for some Americans and millions of others around the globe, the harshest impacts were just beginning.

September 2, 2021

ISIS-K, the group behind the Kabul airport attack, sees both Taliban and the U.S. as enemies

Terrorism experts say the Islamic State offshoot will try to ramp up attacks with U.S. leaving Afghanistan.

August 26, 2021

Afghan army’s total collapse forces soul-searching at NATO meeting

The collapse of the Afghan military after 20 years and billions of dollars of investments forced a sobering round of assessments at an emergency meeting of NATO foreign ministers.

August 20, 2021

After Taliban triumph, Biden faces even greater test in preventing extremist resurgence in Afghanistan

With the Taliban in power and no neighboring countries willing to permit U.S. bases, the administration will be forced to rethink its strategy for monitoring and targeting extremists.

August 16, 2021

Proyecto Pegasus: Cómo hackearon teléfonos de periodistas y activistas en el mundo

El 'spyware' de NSO Group, vendido a gobiernos de todo el mundo, puede infectar teléfonos sin un solo clic. Proyecto Pegasus es la investigación sobre el hackeo a teléfonos de periodistas y activistas de todo el mundo así como a políticos y funcionarios gubernamentales.

July 21, 2021

U.S. and E.U. security officials wary of NSO links to Israeli intelligence

Officials and analysts said the Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group makes a world-class product, but some countries’ security services suspect a relationship to the Israeli government.

July 20, 2021

    Private Israeli spyware used to hack cellphones of journalists, activists worldwide

    Military-grade spyware licensed by an Israeli firm to governments for tracking terrorists and criminals was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, business executives and two women close to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to an investigation by The Washington Post and 16 media partners.

    July 18, 2021

      Jamal Khashoggi’s wife targeted with spyware before his death

      NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware was used to secretly target the smartphones of the two women closest to murdered Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, according to digital forensic analysis.

      July 18, 2021

      Hanan Elatr, Egyptian woman who married Jamal Khashoggi, obtains signed Islamic marriage certificate

      An imam who presided over the marriage ceremony had long refused to sign the certificate but agreed to this month to end a lawsuit.

      June 28, 2021