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

Kremlin tries to build antiwar coalition in Germany, documents show

Marrying Germany’s far right and far left is a Kremlin goal, according to a trove of Russian documents reviewed by The Washington Post

April 21, 2023

Investigators skeptical of yacht’s role in Nord Stream bombing

Officials believe more than one vessel might have been involved in sabotaging the natural gas pipeline last year and wonder if a 50-foot sailing yacht that investigators scoured for clues could be a decoy.

April 3, 2023

Intelligence officials suspect Ukraine partisans behind Nord Stream bombings, rattling Kyiv’s allies

A Western official said an investigation uncovered evidence that pro-Ukraine entities discussed the possibility of sabotaging the pipelines.

March 8, 2023

Hells Angels, a synagogue shooting and Iran’s shady hand in Germany

Germany’s security services see an uptick in Iranian regime activity aimed at Jewish targets and the Iranian diaspora community in Germany.

March 6, 2023

In wake of Ukraine war, U.S. and allies are hunting down Russian spies

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, U.S. and European security services have been waging a campaign to root out Russian spy networks on the continent.

February 17, 2023

Heinrich XIII, Germany’s ‘Putsch Prince,’ lamented monarchy’s demise

The Prince of Reuss cuts an unusual figure for the head of what German authorities describe as a “terrorist organization.”

December 8, 2022

German police arrest 25 over far-right plot to overthrow government

The group subscribed to conspiracy theories including QAnon and the Reichsbürger movement, which denies the existence of the modern German state, authorities said.

December 7, 2022

Rise in Iranian assassination, kidnapping plots alarms Western officials

The Iranian government has stepped up its efforts to kidnap or kill government officials, activists and journalists around the world, alarming Western officials.

December 1, 2022

Flow of Russian gas and cash entangled German state in dependent web

A state-backed climate foundation became an emblem of Germany’s craving for natural gas and its dependent, murky relationship with Moscow.

November 23, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Russia to get more Iranian-developed drones, officials say; first train from Kyiv arrives in Kherson

Meanwhile, power outages plague Ukrainians and Rishi Sunak pledges $59 million for Ukraine during his first visit as prime minister.

November 19, 2022