From The BBC: Age Of Terror - War On The West

7:10pm Thursday, September 10 on TVNZ 7

Whilst political violence has always been with us, in the late 1960’s it came of age. Terrorists, realising the power of the media, began to hijack planes and target civilians. The Age of Terror was born.

The fourth and last instalment of this four-part documentary series looks at the emergence of Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden’s declaration of war on the West.

In 1988 a truck loaded with explosives was detonated outside the US Embassy in the heart of Nairobi, killing 224 people. It was Osama Bin Laden’s first major strike in his jihad against America.

The embassy bombs ushered in a new chapter of the Age of Terror. The ideology of Jihad against the west unites Al Qaeda’s affiliated groups of Islamist extremists in a campaign for global terror. Civilians have become ligitimate targets.

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