Souad Mekhennet, Washington Post

Souad Mekhennet

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Past articles by Souad:

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. → Read More

Zawahiri’s legacy: Querulous bands of militants and a chance for rebirth

The end of the Zawahiri era finds the al-Qaeda movement in a state of disarray, experts say, but also offers the terrorist group a chance for some rebirth. → Read More

ISIS in Africa behind a surge in terrorist attacks, officials say

The Islamic State’s regional affiliates in Africa are carrying out lethal attacks at a tempo far surpassing the parent organization that once ruled large swaths of Iraq and Syria. → Read More

Israel blocked Ukraine from getting potent Pegasus spyware

Ukraine’s efforts to bolster its surveillance capabilities, like its efforts to strengthen its military, had support from the United States, Israel’s closest ally. But Israeli officials balked at any move that might provoke a confrontation with Russia. → Read More

Scholz says response to Russia will be ‘united and decisive’ if Ukraine is invaded

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in his first interview with the international press, rejects criticism that Germany is not doing enough to support Ukraine. Scholz, who will meet with President Biden at the White House on Monday, told The Post that Germany is ready "with our allies" to take "all necessary steps' to punish Russia if Ukraine is invaded. → Read More

Islamic State’s ‘ghost’ of a leader was plotting comeback when U.S. commandos cornered him

The Islamic State’s “ghost”-like leader was plotting a comeback when US commandos cornered him, officials say. → Read More

Israeli airstrikes in Syria targeted chemical weapons facilities, officials say

Israel carried out two secret raids amid signs that Syria was attempting to restart production of deadly nerve agents. → Read More

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. → Read More

Russia, Turkey are sending fighters and weapons into Libya, dashing hopes for freedom and democracy prompted by Arab Spring

Libyans ousted a dictator, but an ensuing civil war has drawn in Russia, Turkey and others with a thirst for control. → Read More

Iran’s oil exports, uranium stockpile surge as Trump administration’s ‘maximum pressure’ policy hits a wall

Incoming Biden administration will face an assertive Tehran with more oil customers and a growing stockpile of nuclear fuel. → Read More

Man convicted in 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister was part of a Hezbollah hit squad, officials say

Secret assassinations unit is said to be linked to at least four other killings, all under the orders of the militant group’s top leadership, the officials said. → Read More

UAE official defends historic pact with Israel; Palestinian adviser calls it a ‘sellout’

In separate interviews, the two leaders expressed dramatically different views on U.S.-backed deal. → Read More

Hezbollah operatives seen behind spike in drug trafficking, analysts say

Facing a cash crisis, Hezbollah and its Iranian sponsors reap millions from smuggled amphetamines. → Read More

Far-right groups are spreading racist, false claims about shooting victim Ahmaud Arbery, analysts say

The campaigns have included memes, graphics and false narratives about the victim and praise for two white men charged in the case. → Read More

Far right-wing and radical Islamist groups are exploiting coronavirus turmoil

Security officials warn that extremist groups may be emboldened by the chaos. → Read More

Interpol official warns of dramatic rise in extremist right-wing violence

In an interview, Jürgen Stock said, ‘We will see more of these attacks in the future.’ → Read More

As anti-Semitic incidents rise in U.S., group launches new online tracking tool

The Anti-Defamation League says searchable database will help public see scope of problem in the United States. → Read More

Is ISIS defeated or a danger? Trump delivered mixed message with Iran speech.

Critics in the Middle East say the president’s remarks this week projected apprehension about the U.S-led coalition’s ability to prevent the Islamic State’s resurgence. → Read More

How ISIS women and their children are being left stranded in the desert

Bint Fatma left the Netherlands when she was 16 to join the Islamic State in Syria. Now that the caliphate has fallen, and with two young children in tow, she wants to go back. → Read More

Gunman’s behavior changed after trip to native Saudi Arabia, friends say

After home leave, attacker in Pensacola shooting seemed “strange” and “angry,” acquaintances say. → Read More