Skip to main content

Terrorism and Counter-terrorism: FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE, the Award winning documentary program on Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS), provides its programming through the Web. The programs included here deal with terrorists and terrorism.


PLEASE NOTE: Some of these FRONTLINE programs include graphic images of war and extreme violence.
Viewer discretion is advised.


FRONTLINE requests that you identify your local PBS Station before continuing to the programs. The programs are made possible in part through advertising which precedes the documentaries.

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)  /  Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) / Islamic State (IS) ISIL) / Islamic State (IS) 


THE SECRET LIFE OF ISIS;/  May 17, 2016

The inside story of the creation of ISIS, and how the U.S. missed the many warning signs.

ESCAPING ISIS  /  July 14, 2015

Using undercover footage, FRONTLINE presents the gripping, first-hand accounts of women who escaped the brutal reign of ISIS -- and follows an underground network that is helping them escape. (Quote from the linked Frontline website)

THE RISE OF ISIS  / October 28, 2015

"FRONTLINE investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. Correspondent Martin Smith reports from Iraq on how the country began coming undone after the American withdrawal and what it means for the U.S. to be fighting there again." (Quote from the linked Frontline website)

ISIS IN AFGHANISTAN   /  November 17, 2015

"ISIS is on the rise in Afghanistan -- and they say they're getting young kids to join the jihad. In a special report, FRONTLINE correspondent Najibullah Quraishi reveals on film the degree to which ISIS is gaining a foothold in the country, and how they're focusing their efforts on training a new generation of jihadists." (Quote from the linked Frontline website)

CHILDREN OF ISIS /  November 23, 2015

"Tens of thousands of children currently live in ISIS-controlled parts of Iraq and Syria, and the group is actively recruiting some of them to be its next generation of fighters. In Children of ISIS, a FRONTLINE digital film, boys who went through its training describe the coercive methods ISIS uses to indoctrinate children to encourage unquestioning loyalty and obedience, as it prepares them to fight." (Quote from the linked Frontline website)

A CONVERSATION WITH TEENS IN TRAINING AS ISIS SUICIDE BOMBERS  /  November 16,  2015

The boys go on to tell Quraishi that their trainers are foreigners, but they do not elaborate. They say they’re ready to carry out their suicide mission whenever the order comes.

WHERE THE BLACK FLAG OF ISIS FLIES  /  May 13, 2106

FRONTLINE looks at nine countries where ISIS has formal affiliates.

CONFRONTING ISIS  /  October 11, 2016

FRONTLINE investigates the successes, failures and challenges in the U.S.-led effort to degrade and destroy ISIS.

TERROR IN EUROPE  /  October 18, 2016

FRONTLINE and ProPublica go inside Europe’s fight against terrorism — the missed warnings and the lingering vulnerabilities.

TO CATCH A TERRORIST

Hadjidj, a French citizen who spent 15 days in Syria before returning home. Karim is one of the roughly 2,000 people who have left France for Syria or Iraq, forcing police to sift out who among those returning poses a threat.

Hunting ISIS

FRONTLINE follows an elite special operations unit at the center of the fight against ISIS in Iraq. Also in this two-part hour: Battle for Iraq; a report by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad on the battle against ISIS for control of the city of Mosul.

SAUDI ARABIA UNCOVERED  /  March 29, 2016

A disturbing look at how oppression and lack of human rights can fuel acts of resistance that lead to terrorism. 

TERROR IN LITTLE SAIGON

FRONTLINE and ProPublica team up to investigate a wave of terror that targeted Vietnamese-American journalists. Uncovering a trail that leads from American cities to jungles in Southeast Asia, FRONTLINE and ProPublica shine new light on a series of unsolved murders and attacks.