Road to 9/11

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  • 2017
  • 1 Season
  • 8.2  (119)

Road to 9/11 is a six-part documentary series that explores the events leading up to the devastating terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It originally aired in 2017 on the History channel and is narrated by F. Murray Abraham. The series begins with an overview of the rise of Islamic extremism and the formation of al-Qaeda in the 1980s. It then delves into the 1990s, a decade that saw several major terrorist attacks on American targets, including the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 and the US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

Road to 9/11 also examines the geopolitical landscape of the time, including the Cold War, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the First Gulf War. It explores the role of the United States in these events and the rise of American exceptionalism.

The series takes a close look at key players in the lead-up to 9/11, including Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leaders of al-Qaeda; the US intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the FBI; and political figures such as Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Condoleezza Rice.

Road to 9/11 does not shy away from examining the failures and missteps of American intelligence agencies in the years leading up to the attacks. The series details missed opportunities to gather critical intelligence, as well as interagency infighting that hindered effective collaboration.

The series also explores the impact of key events such as the 1993 WTC bombing and the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia on US policy towards terrorism. It examines the tension between responding forcefully to these attacks and avoiding further escalation.

In addition to exploring the geopolitical landscape and key players of the time, Road to 9/11 also features interviews with survivors, first responders, and family members of those who lost their lives in the attacks. These personal stories help to underscore the human toll of the events leading up to 9/11.

Overall, Road to 9/11 offers a comprehensive and nuanced look at the events and factors leading up to one of the most pivotal moments in modern history. It highlights the complex interplay of politics, ideology, and personal motivations that ultimately culminated in the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001.

Road to 9/11 is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (4 episodes). The series first aired on September 4, 2017.

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Enhanced, Part 1; Part 2; Part 3
4. Enhanced, Part 1; Part 2; Part 3
September 10, 2017
Agents discover a New York-based terrorist cell; Clinton administration officials react to the rise in jihadi terror; signals are missed in Washington, D.C., prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks; includes new footage.
The Days of Terror (2000-2003)
3. The Days of Terror (2000-2003)
September 6, 2017
Conclusion. An exploration of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's background, including his time in the U.S. as a college student, is featured. Also: profiles of the men recruited to carry out the 9/11 attacks; a look at missed signals by the U.S. government.
The Bin Ladens (1995-2000)
2. The Bin Ladens (1995-2000)
September 5, 2017
Part 2 of 3. A profile of Osama bin Laden emerges as the CIA and the Clinton administration try to understand and react to a rise in terrorism, resulting in a number of classified operations targeting him that are either near misses or shots not taken.
Brooklyn Jihad (1990-1995)
1. Brooklyn Jihad (1990-1995)
September 4, 2017
Part 1 of 3. The murder of an extremist rabbi in New York in 1990 has suspected connections to Osama bin Laden and, later, the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.
Where to Watch Road to 9/11
Road to 9/11 is available for streaming on the History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Road to 9/11 on demand at Amazon Prime and Vudu.
  • Premiere Date
    September 4, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (119)