After 5 years of war, Islamic State’s de-facto capital, Raqqa, has been surrounded. On the east side of the city, the road to Raqqa passes the base of the Kurdish women’s protection units and a base for foreign volunteers, as well as a field hospital. Our film crew came here to obtain exclusive frontline footage and talk to the people fighting ISIS militants.
It’s 15 years since the 2001 terror attack on New York’s twin towers changed America forever. Thousands lost their lives or loved ones and many others lost their health. On that day though, everyone in the US lost something else; peace of mind. RT Doc asks how 9/11 transformed modern America’s world view.
The Egyptian village of Al-Ur is now known as “The Village of Martyrs” because in a day, 20 of its residents died. They had all gone to Libya to find work but were kidnapped by ISIS and on February 15, 2015, beheaded for their Christian faith. They are now mourned by family and friends but also honoured as saints.
Ten years after the Beslan tragedy, some of the victims’ families write letters to the only terrorist alive today who participated. He is serving a life sentence for the horrific crime he committed in a prison in the Arctic Circle. They have a lot to tell him. In Beslan, young former hostages talk about their lives.
When in August 2014, ISIS invaded regions near Mount Sinjar in Iraq, the terrorists killed and abducted thousands of local Yazidi people many of them women and children who they sold openly at slave markets. The captives have had no one they could count on for help until one man decided to take on ISIS.
Bricio Segovia is in Beslan, North Ossetia, where he visits the "City of Angels" - a cemetery made for the victims of the terrorist hostage crisis that shook the town 10 years ago. In the meantime, Harry Fear travels to France to film a story about the controversial situation regarding illegal immigration.
In London, Marina Kosareva works on a story on the relevance of the British citizenship test as she learns that British people themselves often struggle to pass it. Meanwhile in Beslan, North Ossetia, Bricio Segovia returns to the tragic school where a hostage crisis happened 10 years ago, to film the memorial service.
Bricio Segovia travels to Beslan in North Ossetia to mark 10 years since a terrorist hostage crisis took the lives of 334 people, most of them children. Meanwhile in RT’s new London office, news anchor Bill Dod gives a guided tour of the studio and introduces the RT UK team.
The YPJ is the women’s division of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units formed to fight against ISIS, RTD correspondents were given exclusive access to spend 3 weeks at their boot camp. The young women who train for combat there, decided not to leave their survival to fate but to fight for their lives and their future. For their enemy, being killed by a woman means going to hell.
Refugee camp Dar Es Salam in Chad is a safe haven for thousands of Nigerians fleeing violent attacks by Boko Haram. This militant religious group has been destroying villages in Nigeria and killing indiscriminately. Those who escaped the terror are looking forward to rebuilding their lives, when a few camp newcomers bring fear and anxiety to this place.
Unmanned drones are the modern weapons of choice in the fight against terrorism. The tribal areas of Pakistan where various militant groups seek a hideout have been hit by numerous CIA drone strikes. The attacks are far from precise and it’s claimed they have often killed or maimed civilians, including children.