Category “War”

ISIS: On The Frontline

Following the fall of the Baathist regime in 2003, Iraq has become a stranger to peace. In 2011, with rise in the conflict in neighbouring country Syria, coupled with the tension and insecure Iraqi government, a new group emerged by the name of the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria", previously a branch of Al-Qaeda. On the 29th of June 2014, the group proclaimed itself as the "Islamic State" under the leadership of their "caliph" Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. ISIS have now taken control of large portions of land in the north of Iraq and have committed many war crimes beyond belief. Following...

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Murder in the Sky Flight MH17

A passenger plane explodes in the sky, smoking charred metal and bodies strewn across the countryside, soft toys, suitcases and passports litter the ground. This details the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, the plane that was shot down by separatists in Ukraine on the 17th of July 2014, killing all on board, this included 283 passengers and 15 crew. Channel 4's Dispatches get in touch with the friends and families of those that were needlessly caught up in the deadly conflict. As families mourn the world leading powers demand answers and this film asks, who was really to...

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ISIS: “Islamic” Extremism?

Radicalism in many forms has made significant inroads within several countries located around the world, in particular Iraq and Syria in the last few years. Such groups that pose a threat here are known as Muslim extremists, and they directly challenge the idea of Islam and are a threat to humanity in the areas which they dominate. In this journey Mojtaba Masood will be examining modern day extremism in an attempt to try and find out more about the driving forces found behind such terror groups...

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Declassified: The Cuban Missile Crisis

One man wanted to win it all, the other had everything to loose, together their nuclear missiles brought the world to the edge of annihilation. In October of 1962 the island of Cuba became the centre of the world as Fidel Castro makes the case that the nuclear  missile bases and warheads are for defence, but for others such as the United States they are a deadly threat and for 15 days in 1962 the entire world was on edge as they asked the question is this a countdown to World War III? This film explores the declassified information which revealed truly how little each side understood of the...

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Lost Generation of Sudan

25 years ago the country of Sudan was on fire and due to the lack of media coverage almost no one knew what was happening, so the fire of genocide spread and burned for more than 15 years, claiming the lives of over 2 million people. Out of the ashes of war, came hope and after watching their parents die trying to protect them, many displaced children walked for years through dangers we cant imagine. To this day no one knows exactly how many of them were killed along the way but more than 20,000 escaped and the story of the lost boys of Sudan shocked the world, raising an important...

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Night Will Fall

Night Will Fall is a documentary that was originally shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 just after the war ended, and it's about the atrocities the victors discovered upon finding the Nazi death camps, which were scattered all across Europe. The original film was entitled "German Concentration Camps Factual Survey" and was never actually completed due to the fact that Bernstein was stonewalled by political authorities because some were becoming nervous of the growing Zionist movement and sought an ally in anti-Soviet German. Researchers only recently discovered the...

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Churchill: The Nation’s Farewell

On the night of the 29th of December 1940, German bombers struck London with a vengeance. At these darkest of hours Britain's   Prime Minister recognised the huge importance of saving one building, ordering at once that at all cost St. Paul's cathedral must be saved. As fire crews fought the flames all around a photographer grabbed his camera, took the shot and happened to capture a front page photograph which many think sums up the spirit of the county they live in. A quarter of a century later Sir. Winston Churchill was back in St. Paul's at the centre of a magnificent funeral...

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Little Dieter Needs to Fly

Dieter Dengler was a German-American pilot who was shot down over Laos in February 1st of 1966 during the early phase of the Vietnam war. He himself noted that the only reason he took part in the war was because of this love to fly planes. Once shot down he was subsequently held prisoner but managed to escape on June 29th, 1966. Accompanied by documentary award winning film maker, Werner Herzog, Dengler in this film attempts to describe and re-enact some of his experiences from the war and being held captive....

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Israel Started It All

The Middle East was a battlefield for most of the 20th century, but one of the hardest fought wars of all was in 1973 when Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack against on Israel on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. For three weeks the battle swung violently from side to side it brought each in sight of victory and defeat and it brought the superpowers America and the Soviet Union close to a nuclear showdown. The Israelis where in no doubt they were fighting for their countries very survival. In this program reporter Peter Snow reveals how Arab and Israeli commanders astonished each...

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