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The Looming Tower: Boys at War (S1EP6 BBC-2 Fri 31 May 2019)

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Boys at War: Autumn 2000. From his latest camp in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda strategist Ayman al-Zawahiri (Nasser Faris) despatches Mohamed Atta (Dhafer L’Abidine) to bring focus to the cells in America.

Walla (Mohamad Ashraf) is also sent on a separate mission to Yemen.

Embedded in the CIA’s Alec Station, FBI agent Vince Stuart (Louis Cancelmi) pesters Diane Marsh (Wrenn Schmidt) for permission to share knowledge of a suspect Saudi citizen present in America. After consulting her demoted mentor Martin Schmidt (Peter Sarsgaard), Marsh takes a carrot-and-stick approach to ensuring Stuart’s silence.

In New York, John O’Neill tries to mend fences with his by-the-book new chief, Jason Sanchez (Yul Vazquez), who instead orders him to a retirement preparation conference in Florida. O’Neill is distracted by a call from his NYC-bound mistress Sheri and his briefcase – containing classified files – is stolen. Even though the case is recovered with the files intact, he questions if should he report its disappearance. He seeks the advice of his other mistress Liz (Annie Parisse), who is staying with him in the hotel.

Walla arrives at the port of Aden in Yemen, met by Khallad (Samer Bisharat). The al-Qaeda cell there is watching a US warship in the bay, and Walla is about to take a boat trip…

Airdate: Friday 31 May 2019 from 9.30pm-10.15pm on BBC TWO.

Season 1, Episode 6

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