The War on the West

The War on the West

In his epic series, the Age of Terror, journalist Peter Taylor traces the modern history and development of terrorism through four major events over more than 30 years.

He talks to those responsible for the violence, the victims of it and the members of the security and intelligence services charged with countering it.

In each episode Peter Taylor investigates a notorious terror attack that was emblematic of a particular phase in the modern history of political violence

Age of Terror - Part Four

On Friday 7 August 1998, two men in a delivery truck set off from a suburb of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

It carried more than 700 kilograms of explosives.

Forty-five minutes later, the truck pulled up at the rear entrance of the United States Embassy - and detonated.

Over 200 people were killed, thousands more were injured.

This was Osama Bin Laden's first major strike in his promised jihad.

First broadcast Wednesday 24 June.

Age of Terror

  • part one
    The 1976 hijacking of an Air France plane on a flight from Tel Aviv to Paris
  • part two
    Two events in 1987 contributed to the road to peace in Northern Ireland
  • part three
    How Islamic extremists hijacked a plane in Algiers in 1994 on its way to Paris
  • part four
    The bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi, Osama Bin Laden's first major strike