Terrorism Close Calls

The BEST episodes of Terrorism Close Calls

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

The war on terror is everywhere and anywhere. In this series, we learn about the deadly terrorist attacks that almost happened or were not as deadly as planned. Each episodes explores a recently declassified terrorist scheme intended to cause mass casualties.

Last Updated: 5/3/2022Network: Netflix
The Student Bomb Maker: Khalid Aldawsari
18 votes

#1 - The Student Bomb Maker: Khalid Aldawsari

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/26/2018

Khalid Aldwasari, a 20-year-old Saudi national on a student visa in the United States purchases chemicals for bombs and researches targets - among them the Dallas residence of former President George W. Bush, several dams in Colorado and California. He also has plans to travel to New York and plant bombs in rental cars and blow them up at rush hour. An FBI operation helps uncover the plot and reveals that the Saudi student has both the technical knowledge and the political motivation to carry out his plans.

The Sauerland Cell: Plot to Kill U.S. Soldiers
9 votes

#2 - The Sauerland Cell: Plot to Kill U.S. Soldiers

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/26/2018

Four terrorists plan a two-pronged attack in Germany: detonate bombs in popular nightclubs, followed by larger bombs in the streets once people flee.

Australian Anzac Day Plot
9 votes

#3 - Australian Anzac Day Plot

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/26/2018

The arrest of a 14-year-old boy in England sparks a frantic investigation into a terror plot halfway around the world in Australia.

German Jihad & The EURO Plot
12 votes

#4 - German Jihad & The EURO Plot

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 10/26/2018

A horrific terrorist plot -- suicide bombers and shooters working in tandem -- is foiled when a suspect makes an unexpected move.

“Operation Overt”: Seven Planes – Seven Bombs
11 votes

#5 - “Operation Overt”: Seven Planes – Seven Bombs

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/26/2018

A terror cell made up of 25 predominantly British born men of Pakistani decent plot to create another 9/11. The plan is to smuggle liquid explosives inside sports drinks to be detonated simultaneously by suicide bombers on at least 7 flights headed from London’s Heathrow Airport to the US and Canada. This deadly threat would drive both the US and Britain to new levels of transatlantic security and intelligence sharing and forever change the way we travel today.

Martin Luther King Day Plot
11 votes

#6 - Martin Luther King Day Plot

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/26/2018

A man with ties to white supremacists goes on the run after his plan to bomb a Martin Luther King Day march is foiled by the FBI.

Cargo Plot: Bombs On The Plane
16 votes

#7 - Cargo Plot: Bombs On The Plane

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/26/2018

Once foiled the details of the plot were easy to find. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) wrote about it in their online magazine listing the cost of the items used – in all they spent a little over US$5000 in a plot to blow up UPS and FedEx cargo planes using highly sophisticated printer cartridge bombs. The devices are timed to explode in mid-air over the eastern United States. Just three hours before the bombs are set to explode, they’re discovered by US, British and United Arab Emirates intelligence services. It is one of the most successful examples of international intelligence sharing between countries to date.

The Saudi Ambassador, The Car Salesman, & The Mexican Cartel: Manssour Arbabsiar
12 votes

#8 - The Saudi Ambassador, The Car Salesman, & The Mexican Cartel: Manssour Arbabsiar

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/26/2018

The plot has all the makings of a Hollywood action film –Manssour Arbabsiar, an Iranian-born car salesman living in Texas plans to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States. Manssour reaches out to the Mexican Cartel for help, but the cartel member he enlists is also a DEA source. The resulting investigation reveals a disturbing link between Manssour and the top echelon of the Iranian government. It’s a plot that if successful could have resulted in mass casualties and been the staging of a possible war.

“Operation High-Rise”: The NY City Subway Plot
21 votes

#9 - “Operation High-Rise”: The NY City Subway Plot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/26/2018

Three homegrown US operatives link up with Al Qaeda and hatch an audacious terror plot to wreak maximum carnage - they plan to detonate homemade bombs hidden in backpacks simultaneously on various trains in the New York City subway system. It’s up to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force working with their counterparts at US Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency to stop the plot before they strike.

The Israel Honey Trap
7 votes

#10 - The Israel Honey Trap

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/26/2018

A young mother's suicide attack at an Israeli checkpoint ignites interest in her motivations as well as her baffling backstory.