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VICE Preview: “Enemies at the Gates” and “Global Jihad” 

Photo Credit: HBO
Photo Credit: HBO

Terror groups are becoming a serious problem here and throughout the world. In “We the People,” VICE investigated the rapid rise of domestic militant groups, who are among the top 3 greatest terrorists threats to America. Now VICE turns its focus on the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is surrounded by extremists and has gone so far as to build fences to keep them out. But did they have a hand in creating these groups? One such organization, ISIS, has formed an Islamic State. VICE travels to Europe to find out why young men are drawn to this group and what the US Military is doing to combat ISIS’s gains.

“Enemies at the Gates”

The Middle East is fracturing. Arab uprisings and military interventions across the region have caused civil wars and spawned terrorist groups. Stuck in the middle of it all is Saudi Arabia. Confronted by extremism on all sides, the desert kingdom is building massive fences at its borders with Iraq and Yemen to keep out terrorist organizations that it may have had a hand in creating. Suroosh Alvi travels to Saudi Arabia to see how America’s staunchest Arab ally is defending itself – and how it may be fanning the flames of global militancy.

Photo Credit: HBO
Photo Credit: HBO

“Global Jihad”

In the summer of 2014, a group calling themselves the Islamic State, or ISIS, shocked the world by taking over large territories in Iraq and Syria, and committing headline-grabbing atrocities in the process. In the face of international condemnation, would-be fighters from Western countries flocked to join ISIS in their self-styled utopia. Gianna Toboni travels to Europe to meet some of the young men drawn to ISIS’s call, and visits with American Navy strike pilots working to roll back the Islamic State’s gains.

VICE airs Fridays at 11/10c on HBO.

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