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Early Israeli Terrorism
Israel had previously been the British Protectorate of Palestine. Originally established post World War I after the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, the land consisted of Arabs and Jews whose…
The Al-Qaeda Menace
After the First Gulf War, Islamic Fundamentalism in Saudi Arabia was handed a gift by the extended presence of coalition troops close to the Holy sites of Mecca and Medina.…
The IRA
Ireland was Britain's oldest colony and, for hundreds of years, ideas of Irish Nationalism simmered under the surface of the Empire's calm. After the Easter Rising and the establishment of…
Fatah / Hamas
Founded in the late 1950s, Fatah is the Arab organisation which provides part of the present-day government for the Palestinian lands of Gaza and the West Bank. Currently locked in…
PLO
Founded by the Egyptian President Colonel Nasser in 1964, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation has become one of the most effective terrorist organisations the world has ever known, championing a violent…
ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna)
Between Spain and France on the Atlantic coast is the Basque region of Spain, which has for centuries been a unique culture and people bearing allegiance to neither of its…
The Baader-Meinhof Gang
The Baader-Meinhof gang terrorised West Germany throughout the 1970s and 1980s with a brutal campaign of bombing, kidnapping and murder. Born from the radical student movement of the late 1960s…
The Red Brigades
Formed in 1970, the Brigate Rosse (Red Brigades) sought to create a revolutionary state through armed struggle and to separate Italy from the Western Alliance (NATO). The Red Brigades' main…
EOKA
Following the Ottoman Empire's defeat in World War I, Cyprus was annexed by Britain in 1925 to protect its sea route to India via the Suez Canal. The terror group…
Colonel Gaddafi and Libya
Early on the evening of 21 December 1988, Boeing 747 Pam Am flight 103, en route from London Heathrow to New York, was torn apart by a massive mid-air explosion…
Algeria & the OAS
http://www.bbcactivevideoforlearning.com/1/SeriesDetails.aspx?SeriesID=957 In 1961, the French colony of Algeria in North Africa began moving towards independence with the full support of President Charles de Gaulle. This outraged a group of hardline…
The SLA and Patty Hearst
On 4 February 1974, Patty Hearst, the 19-year-old student heiress and granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped from her residence in Berkeley, California. For the next two…
The Weathermen
During the 1970s, a terror gang known as The Weathermen embarked on a bombing campaign across the USA as they sought to overthrow the government through violent revolution. Their targets…
The Japanese Sarin Cult
On 20 March 1995, a group of terrorists released a deadly nerve gas called Sarin (developed by the Nazis in World War II) into the Tokyo subway system. It was…
The Mahdi Army
On 25 March 2008, some 15,000 Iraqi troops moved in Basra. Their aim was to drive out the terrorists who had held the city in a murderous grip since the…
Che Guevara
During his short life, Ernesto (Che) Guevara became the world's best known and most charismatic revolutionary, revered as a great hero for his part in the Cuban revolution. In reality,…
Fidel Castro
When Fidel Castro stepped down as president of Cuba in February 2008, he was the world's longest-serving political leader. He was also the man who, in October 1962, together with…
Chechen Extremist
Chechen Extremist examines the events on 22 October 2002, a large gang of heavily armed terrorists seized a theatre in the heart of Moscow, holding more than 800 people hostage,…
The Mau Mau
The Mau Mau was one of the world's shortest-lived terrorist organisations, but it was also one of the most violent. Formed in the early 1950s to force the British to…
The Tamil Tigers
The Tamil Tigers are one of the deadliest and most ruthless terrorists organisations the world has ever known. Since embarking on their campaign of violence in the early 1980s, they…
The Moluccan Separatists
On 23 May 1977, in North-East Holland, nine ruthless and fanatical South Moluccan terrorists hijacked a train en route from Utrecht to Groningen - their second train hijacking in two…
Somali Warlords
Somali Warlords looks at the events nn the afternoon of 03 October 1993. A team of crack US troops abseiled down from helicopters onto the roof of a house in…
Nasser and Egyptian Terrorism
As President of Egypt, Gamal Abdul Nasser wanted to be regarded as a distinguished international statesman. He was also the man who founded the Palestine Liberation Organisation, one of the…
The Ku Klux Klan
On 12 June 1963, the renowned black civil rights campaigner Medgar Evers was killed with a single rifle shot to the back as he walked towards his front door in…
The Taliban
Until 11 September 2001 when 3,000 people died in New York's Twin Towers during the world's worst terrorist attack, most people in the West had scant knowledge about what was…

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The Al-Qaeda Menace
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The Taliban
Until 11 September 2001 when 3,000 people died in New York's Twin Towers during the world's worst terrorist attack, most people in the West had scant knowledge about what was going on in Afghanistan. Shortly after, the US Government declared that Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader behind the outrage,…
The Red Brigades
Formed in 1970, the Brigate Rosse (Red Brigades) sought to create a revolutionary state through armed struggle and to separate Italy from the Western Alliance (NATO). The Red Brigades' main aim was the overthrow of the Italian government, the weakening of NATO and the creation of a Marxist state. On…
Colonel Gaddafi and Libya
Early on the evening of 21 December 1988, Boeing 747 Pam Am flight 103, en route from London Heathrow to New York, was torn apart by a massive mid-air explosion above the town of Lockerbie in Scotland. There were no survivors - 243 passengers and the crew of 16 all…
Nasser and Egyptian Terrorism
As President of Egypt, Gamal Abdul Nasser wanted to be regarded as a distinguished international statesman. He was also the man who founded the Palestine Liberation Organisation, one of the world's greatest ever terrorist movements. But once he handed the PLO over to Yasser Arafat, Nasser ceased to have any…
The IRA
Ireland was Britain's oldest colony and, for hundreds of years, ideas of Irish Nationalism simmered under the surface of the Empire's calm. After the Easter Rising and the establishment of Home Rule for the Republic of Eire, discontent continued in the northern provinces, where the Catholics were in a minority…
The Baader-Meinhof Gang
The Baader-Meinhof gang terrorised West Germany throughout the 1970s and 1980s with a brutal campaign of bombing, kidnapping and murder. Born from the radical student movement of the late 1960s and self-styled as the Red Army Faction (RAF), it comprised mainly middle-class youngsters who saw themselves as urban guerrillas engaged…
The Mahdi Army
On 25 March 2008, some 15,000 Iraqi troops moved in Basra. Their aim was to drive out the terrorists who had held the city in a murderous grip since the fall of Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. But, even though the troops were backed up with US and British airpower, it…
The Weathermen
During the 1970s, a terror gang known as The Weathermen embarked on a bombing campaign across the USA as they sought to overthrow the government through violent revolution. Their targets included banks, universities, police and government buildings and the offices of multi-national corporations. Born out of the anti-Vietnam war protest…
The Mau Mau
The Mau Mau was one of the world's shortest-lived terrorist organisations, but it was also one of the most violent. Formed in the early 1950s to force the British to grant independence to Kenya in East Africa, the Mau Mau consisted mainly of dissident Kikuyu tribesmen who carried out a…
The Japanese Sarin Cult
On 20 March 1995, a group of terrorists released a deadly nerve gas called Sarin (developed by the Nazis in World War II) into the Tokyo subway system. It was the height of rush hour, so it caused the maximum panic and chaos. It also killed 12 people and resulted…
Osama bin Laden: A Decade To Justice
A dramatic, powerful and at times unnerving retelling of the events leading up to and surrounding the death of the world's most wanted man. This documentary includes President Obama's address to the Nation, a remembrance to 9/11, the decade long hunt to find Osama bin Laden, the rise of radicalism…