This is the unknown story of secret negotiations between the Taliban and America to build a pipeline through Afghanistan. When America invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the stated aim was to dismantle Al-Qaeda, denying it a safe base of operations by removing the Taliban from power. But Al-Qaeda claimed that the attack on the Twin Towers was a response to the Bush administration's threats to attack Afghanistan if its demands for pipeline rights were not met. According to sources, Taliban officials were told they could accept a 'carpet of gold' or a 'carpet of bombs.'
Reporter Peter Taylor has spent five years since the events of September 11, 2001, researching Al-Qaeda in Britain and around the world. In this program, Taylor investigates the changing face of terrorism and its influence on the world. Taylor concludes that Iraq has become the dominant radicalising and recruiting force for many Muslims and that British support for US foreign policy has made Britain a prime target. With the so-called War on Terror far from won, and August's chaos at UK airports, is it time to consider a new approach? To try and end the violence, is it time to engage with Al Qaeda?
Operation Neptune Spear. After an intense, decade-long manhunt, the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, is killed. As details of the raid are released, the public is eager to know more about the commandos that pulled it off.