With the death of Osama bin Laden and the explosion of the Arab Spring five years ago, it seemed like the war on terror might be ending.
Instead, the Arab Spring inaugurated civil war in much of the Middle East, out of which sprang brutal attacks by a rising global presence: the Islamic State. Exactly on year ago, ISIS-trained militants killed 130 people at the Bataclan concert hall and several other locations across Paris. Ever since, extremism has moved beyond the spheres of the military and foreign policy and into the daily discourse of our news feeds and living rooms.
In a new five-part series, VICE founder Suroosh Alvi travels the world to investigate the origins and impact of the world's deadliest terrorist organizations from the inside out. TERROR provides viewers with an on-the-ground look inside the places and ideologies that shed light on the notorious groups that confound and threaten much of the globe.
Following his travels to Iraq, Suroosh Alvi was joined by New America's Peter Bergen for a screening of the episode examining the Islamic State and for a conversation on the past 15 years of terrorism.
PARTICIPANTSSuroosh Alvi @SurooshAlvi
Peter Bergen @peterbergencnn
Vice President and Director, International Security Program, New America
Author, United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists