The New Age of Terror

The New Age of Terror

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War Without End

Aired on Aug 21, 2017

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The war on terror enters a new phase as homegrown lone wolves begin to strike in the U.S. The American military apparatus struggles to contain a threat that has moved to a new battlefield: the internet, where ISIS and other terror groups enlist and inspire individuals to commit acts of terror anywhere they can, posting instructions and even hit lists. Tragedies in Boston, San Bernardino and Orlando are stark reminders that despite all the increases in security, the threat lingers. New and unexpected allies join the counter offensive, including hackers and U.S businesses. But a climate of fear gives rise to more hate, and a new wave of domestic terror emerges, led by white nationalists. An inside look at counter-terror efforts from cyberspace to the ongoing military operation to retake Mosul and defeat ISIS.

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A Rising Enemy

Aired on Aug 20, 2017

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(Hour 2.) A new age of terror begins in the aftermath of 9/11; fear becomes a weapon as America and its allies face a new brand of enemy in an unconventional conflict that demands an evolution of warfare as we know it. The American people adjust to a new normal of heightened security at home to prevent another attack. Abroad, the conflict that begins in Afghanistan spreads to Iraq and ultimately morphs into a global battle, as coalition efforts to eliminate the scourge of terror unintentionally give rise to ISIS. As the Islamic state becomes increasingly difficult to contain using traditional military tactics, its dark message spreads around the world through social media, gathering recruits and inspiring the first lone wolf terror attacks in Paris and Brussels.


September 12th, 2001 was the first day of a new era in human history: the Age of Terror. The 9/11 attacks catapulted America to the front lines of a battle without rules or conventional tactics, where victory depended on decoding the DNA of an entirely new kind of warfare. After fifteen years and thousands of lives lost, the world has been transformed by the conflict against terrorism, as nations across the globe struggle to meet the deadly and rising threat. Are we trapped in a war without end? Age of Terror seeks to answer the question by probing the historical roots of the conflict to uncover how today's terrorism has evolved and how we've fought back. This two-night event begins with 9/11, as America wakes up to the most devastating assault ever to strike our soil. Through the lens of the attacks, we'll reveal the history of terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, it's origins, motives, tactics, and ultimate decline that leads to the rise of ISIS - a group that harnesses technology and media to spread its propaganda like never before and seeks territory to build its Caliphate. Night two looks at the way we live now and the rise of the lone wolf - often homegrown terrorists who manifest their hatred for western values through undetectable, random strikes against civilians, from Boston to San Bernadino to Nice. We conclude with a look at counter-terrorism and how the world is rising to meet the threat as it adapts, as well as what may be on the horizon in the defining conflict of the 21st century.

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