The journalist Souad Mekhennet has spent the past 20 years risking her life to cover Islamist extremism. She's met some of the most senior people in Al Qaeda and the Taliban and, most recently, one of the leaders of the so-called Islamic State. That meeting happened just two weeks before they released the video of the beheading of the US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. In a new book called "I was told to come alone" Souad explains how she's managed to gain the extremists' trust, partly because her background is similar to some of theirs.
Image: Souad Mekhennet, notebook in hand, conducting an interview