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Car Bomb

Presented by Bob Baer
Directed by Kevin Toolis
Commissioning Editor Aaqil Ahmed

Forget about nuclear missiles, the decisive weapon of the twentieth century is the car bomb.

After Iraq we now know you can defeat a Superpower, start a civil war or just blow up your own Government with a trunk load of home-made explosives and a battered old car.

From the Middle East, Oklahoma, Ireland and the streets of the City of London the car bomb has shaped human conflict. Even today the car bomb remains the number one terrorist threat across the world.
 
In his startling new film Car Bomb ex-CIA agent Robert Baer, whose life was depicted by George Clooney in the Oscar-winning movie Syriana, for the first time uncovers the history of this extraordinary weapon.
 
With shocking footage of car bomb attacks and penetrating interviews with car bombers, Baer reveals how the century of the car turned into the century of the car bomb.

And how a dream of freedom turned nightmare.

Based on the  Verso book Buda's Wagon by Mike Davis

Credits:
Production Managers - Zoe Brooker, Sophie Wiesner
Associate Producers - Anna Williams, Lucas Ochoa
Researchers - Edwina Bowles, Hila Baroz, Roberta Giaconi, Filippo Fiorito, Abir Hashem, Ben Quinn
Archive Producer - Jacqui Edwards
Cameraman - Lawrence Gardner
Sound Recordist - Jack Kelly
Composer - Dimitri Tchamouroff, Michael Ormiston
Editor - John Moratiel

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Car bomb