War Stories Investigates: The Jihad

Monday, September 7 at 3 a.m. ET
Hosted by Oliver North

The word is everywhere, but what does it mean? Jihad — holy war or struggle — now threatens innocent people of every faith. Al Qaeda may now be at the top of the terror ladder, but the roots of this global war are deep in history.

Tune in this weekend as Oliver North explores what every person should know about jihad. In proven "War Stories" tradition, this episode brings historical context to today's events.

As you will see, the jihad being waged goes far beyond terrorists taking hostages, hijacking aircraft and the horror of suicide bombers. Its leaders proclaim independence of any state or government, but employ all of the elements of contemporary warfare: propaganda; financing; logistics; communications; covert operatives; and well-trained soldiers with modern weaponry.

You will learn about the homegrown face of terror: Adam Gadahn also known as Azzam the American. Just how did a California boy raised on a goat farm become a new face in Al Qaeda's inner circle? Why was the Iranian revolution of 1979 the turning point in today's modern day jihad?

In an exclusive interview, then-Vice President Dick Cheney tells North that the War on Terror, "is a war that we can win, but it's a war that may take 25 or 50 years. It's a war that we absolutely have to stay at. Only the United States can provide the leadership that the world requires to deal with this threat. If the U.S. doesn't do it there really isn't anybody else who can."

You will also hear from Arthur Cummings, acting FBI deputy assistant director for counterterrorism. Walid Phares and Wafa Sultan spoke to "War Stories" as critics of terror in the name of Islam. Their comments have prompted death threats against them.

You will also hear from:

Imam Karim Abuzaid, Prince George’s (Maryland) Muslim Association
Robert Baer, former CIA case officer and author of "Blow the House Down"
Mark Bowden, investigative journalist and author of "Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America’s War with Militant Islam"
Imam Faizul Khan, Islamic Society of the Washington, D.C., Area
Bernard Lewis, Cleveland E. Dodge professor emeritus of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
Uri Lubrani, former ambassador and head of Israeli Mission to Tehran, Iran
Oliver “Buck” Revell, former FBI deputy assistant director for Operations
Michael Rowe, California neighbor of Adam Gadahn
James Woolsey, former CIA director
Sgt. Armando Ybarra, USMC (Ret.), U.S. Marine wounded in the 1983 barracks attack in Beirut, Lebanon

As always, we must learn from the past to prepare for our future.

This episode was written and produced by Pamela K. Browne, Greg Ebben, Martin Hinton, Cyd Upson and Ayse Wieting. Editors were Steve Prohaska and Mike Hall. The associate producer was Michael Weiss and our production associate was Andrew Stenner.