By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Moroccan-German journalist Souad Mekhennet explores her investigations into Islamic extremism in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa in a memoir entitled “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad.”The 368-page memoir discusses the reporter’s personal experience as a Muslim reporter with a bicultural identity. Mekhennet was born and raised in Germany by a Moroccan father and a Turkish mother. Her personal background helped her to describe in vivid detail some of the most breathtaking events and incidents which she has covered and witnessed.As a Muslim, Mekhennet has had access to some of the most wanted members of jihadist groups, including Al Qaida and ISIS, who have refused to talk to Western reporters. Throwing aside any fears, she has frequently been told to ”come alone, not to carry any identification,” and to “leave her cell phone, audio recorder, watch, and purse at the hotel.”In her memoir, the journalist gives detailed information about her assignments across the Middle Eastern, Europe and North Africa, to terrorism and extremist groups, including in Syria and Iraq. The journalist says she was committed in her memoir ”not to take any side, but to speak about all sides and challenge them equally.”The Moroccan journalist has worked for internationally renowned media outlets, including The New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, The Daily Beast and German television ZDF. She currently works at The Washington Post.“I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad” will be released June 13.
Updated 17:25RORY MCILROY IS two shots clear of Sergio Garcia with five holes to play of the Open Championship.Shane Lowry proved to those chasing McIlroy that low-scoring is possible on the final round of The Open at Hoylake. The county Offaly golfer (-10) has a share of sixth place after seven birdies in a mistake free final round.The same cannot be said for McIlroy (-16) who, despite opening with a birdie, has seen his lead halved to three after bogeys at hole five and six. He birdied nine and 10 to settle his nerves but dropped another shot on 13 after a wayward drive off the tee.Sergio Garcia (-14) is McIlroy’s closest challenger with three birdies in his opening seven holes while while Rickie Fowler is in third spot on -12.Lowry’s was not the only low-scoring performance of the day as England’s Chris Wood also shot a 65 to move to -5 for the tournament. Shane Lowry is in line for a top five finish at The Open. Source: David DaviesThomas Bjorn (-4), Brendon Todd (-1) and Koumie Oda (-1) were among a host of golfers to make the most of near perfect conditions at Royal Liverpool to shoot five under par 67s while US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson shot a four under 68, not bad for a 64-year old.Graeme McDowell (-8) is three under for his final round after 16 while Darren Clarke is down to -3 through 16 holes.Germany’s Martin Kaymer (+8), however, had a day to forget with a seven over par final round.– First published at 14:48 (additional reporting by Patrick McCarry)Rory McIlroy could make his dad much, much richer tomorrowMcIlroy’s patience rewarded but work still to be done to secure Open title