History Main / TheWarOnTerror

18th Apr '18 8:47:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/Fahrenheit911'', the Creator/MichaelMoore documentary, was made to critize the War on Terror and the manner in which the Bush administration handled it.
18th Apr '18 8:46:33 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Spooks}}'' (''[[{{MarketBasedTitle}} MI-5]]''), the first example of "terror TV"- a series explicitly set post-9/11.

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* ''{{Spooks}}'' ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' (''[[{{MarketBasedTitle}} MI-5]]''), the first example of "terror TV"- a series explicitly set post-9/11.
17th Apr '18 1:19:32 PM bjex
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A cornerstone of the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates USA]] central-government policy from [[TurnOfTheMillennium late September 2001]] 'till... well, now, [[PyrrhicVictory sort of.]] The 'War on Terror' is not a war in the conventional sense, but is the collective name given to the government of the United States of America's attempts -- with the help of the US's various allies and participating multi-national organizations, including UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and the [[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations UN]] -- to prevent small groups of private individuals from killing its citizens. The 'war' has brought out the uglier side of the US government, given its willingness to use morally dubious means -- chiefly the torture, indefinite imprisonment, and execution of (mostly foreign) suspects without trial -- and actively kill thousands of other countries' citizens to save her own. The USA has lost several thousand soldiers in its much-criticized military expeditions to UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}}, which when paired with its loss of 3,000 civilians in the attack on UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity's World Trade Center[[note]]A skyscraper complex that stood on Wall Street that was a key center of American finance[[/note]] on the 11th of September 2001, gives a total of over 10,000 US citizens dead.

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A cornerstone of the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates USA]] The United States of America's]] central-government policy from [[TurnOfTheMillennium late September 2001]] 'till... well, now, [[PyrrhicVictory sort of.]] The 'War on Terror' is not a war in the conventional sense, but is the collective name given to the government of the United States of America's US government's attempts -- with the help of the US's various allies and participating multi-national organizations, including UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and the [[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations UN]] -- to prevent small groups of private individuals from killing its citizens. The 'war' has brought out the uglier side of the US government, given its willingness to use morally dubious means -- chiefly the torture, indefinite imprisonment, and execution of (mostly foreign) suspects without trial -- and actively kill thousands of other countries' citizens to save her own. The USA US has lost several thousand soldiers in its much-criticized military expeditions to UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}}, which when paired with its loss of 3,000 civilians in the attack on UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity's World Trade Center[[note]]A skyscraper complex that stood on Wall Street that was a key center of American finance[[/note]] on the 11th of September 2001, gives a total of over 10,000 US citizens dead.
17th Apr '18 1:17:30 PM bjex
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A cornerstone of the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates USA]] central-government policy from [[TurnOfTheMillennium late September 2001]] 'till... well, now, [[PyrrhicVictory sort of.]] The 'War on Terror' is not a war in the conventional sense, but is the collective name given to the USA government's attempts -- with the help of various parties including UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and the [[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations UN]] -- to prevent small groups of private individuals from killing its citizens. The 'war' has brought out the uglier side of the USA given its willingness to use morally dubious means -- chiefly the torture, indefinite imprisonment, and execution of (mostly foreign) suspects without trial -- and actively kill thousands of other countries' citizens to save her own. The USA has lost several thousand soldiers in its much-criticized military expeditions to UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}}, which when paired with its loss of 3,000 civilians in the attack on UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity's World Trade Center[[note]]A skyscraper complex on Wall Street[[/note]] on the 11th of September 2001, gives a total of over 10,000 US citizens dead.

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A cornerstone of the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates USA]] central-government policy from [[TurnOfTheMillennium late September 2001]] 'till... well, now, [[PyrrhicVictory sort of.]] The 'War on Terror' is not a war in the conventional sense, but is the collective name given to the USA government's government of the United States of America's attempts -- with the help of the US's various parties allies and participating multi-national organizations, including UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and the [[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations UN]] -- to prevent small groups of private individuals from killing its citizens. The 'war' has brought out the uglier side of the USA US government, given its willingness to use morally dubious means -- chiefly the torture, indefinite imprisonment, and execution of (mostly foreign) suspects without trial -- and actively kill thousands of other countries' citizens to save her own. The USA has lost several thousand soldiers in its much-criticized military expeditions to UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}}, which when paired with its loss of 3,000 civilians in the attack on UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity's World Trade Center[[note]]A skyscraper complex that stood on Wall Street[[/note]] Street that was a key center of American finance[[/note]] on the 11th of September 2001, gives a total of over 10,000 US citizens dead.
1st Apr '18 11:18:38 PM DoktorSoviet
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Meanwhile, in the year 2000, the USS ''Cole'' was attacked while refueling in Aden. A group of insurgents had sailed up next to the ship and planted C4, causing an explosion that killed 17 American sailors. The attack really put Al Qaeda on the radar, both for Americans and for many Muslims, who saw it as dealing a great blow towards Western imperialism.

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Meanwhile, in the year 2000, the USS ''Cole'' was attacked while refueling in Aden. A group of insurgents had sailed up next to the ship and planted C4, causing an explosion that killed 17 American sailors. The attack really put Al Qaeda on the radar, both for Americans and for many Muslims, Muslim radicals, who saw it as dealing a great blow towards Western imperialism.
1st Apr '18 11:12:11 PM DoktorSoviet
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[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Green''': It's not really there'']]

The situation isn't really mentioned at all. It's either not relevant (as in the SpeculativeFiction genre), or it's pretended it's not happening. This does not bar the show from making comments via metaphor though.

[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', the Twin Towers can be seen in the New York City skyline, even though it's 2012. Also, there doesn't appear to be strict airport security.


[[AC:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{DMZ}}'': Manhattan island is the titular DMZ because in this AlternateUniverse the US adopted a more aggressive, reckless, and far-reaching response to 9/11 than it ever did under UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Groaning under the weight of "three different wars on as many continents" which required the deplyoment of the entire regular army and most of the national guard, large anti-government/secessionist militias sprang up... and the result was a second [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar American Civil War]] [[DividedStatesOfAmerica between the central government and the citizen-militias and guerillas of the 'Free States'.]]

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Franchise/StargateVerse''. They've got bigger problems to deal with, such as the [[AGodAmI Ori]] and the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Wraith]]. Occasionally a character will flashback to being in it though.
** ''Series/StargateSG1'':
*** In a RealitySubtext, there was a period during season seven when Samantha Carter temporarily changed weapons from the SGC's standard FN P90 to a kitbashed submachine gun dubbed the "Carter Special" in order to conserve P90 blanks. The show's armorer had run short because the factories had had to switch from making blanks for TV shows to making real bullets for fighting wars.
*** Cameron Mitchell has a SympatheticMurderBackstory where he bombed a refugee convoy which intel had thought was insurgents, with control telling him to hold fire seconds too late. It's not stated to be the Afghanistan War, but his age and the timing make it a reasonable assumption.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': John Sheppard, the only main character who has been part of the US Armed Forces, has several references in the story about his time as an Air Force pilot in Afghanistan (he hadn't been let in on TheMasquerade yet, which is why he was bothering with the less important conflict in the first place). In "The Runner", Sheppard asks for clarification when Caldwell mentions "Code Orange and above", suggesting that even a veteran of The War on Terror can be confused by the terror alert color system.
* The new ''Series/DoctorWho''. See ''Stargate''. Maybe less so, ''Doctor Who'' being British. The public, in general, doesn't care for the War on Terror and has reached a point of indifference about it, unless a family member is involved, and would have more concern for the giant eye ready to incinerate the Earth, or a visit from the [[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]]. Spinoffs ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', having more limiting methods of TimeTravel, mention Iraq, but never higher than Alert Level Blue. ''Series/DoctorWho'', on the other hand, involves frequent use of time travel, on top of having had just nine out of 32 episodes substantially set on present-day Earth between 2009 and 2011 [[note]]"Planet of the Dead", "The End of Time" Parts One and Two, "The Eleventh Hour", "The Lodger", "The Big Bang", "The Impossible Astronaut", "Night Terrors" and "Closing Time", with a "2011" where every point in history happens at once in "The Wedding of River Song"[[/note]].
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' subverts the "Green" level, even lampshades it: Crichton's father mentions to John that it's a different world than the idealistic one they believed in when he left, what with the War on Terror going on. Crichton is obviously not impressed and is almost glad that's their biggest concern, in contrast with all the atrocities he's seen and felt "out there".
* ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', which began principal photography a few months after 9/11, uses the slogan "united we roar". It's a fairly likely reference to the slogan "united we stand", which became a popular symbol of solidarity after the attacks.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Just about completely ignored in ''Literature/TheTaqwacores'', to the point where it gets a lampshading, because despite what certain news channels would tell you it's really completely irrelevant to the American Muslim's day-to-day life.

[[AC:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' had a grease fire and a trip to the firehouse in its first season premiere after 9/11.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} and his friends all deal with emotional responses to a fire at their school. The attacks are alluded to with the episode title, "April 9th". Police cars and fire trucks show up at the school.

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[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Green''': It's not really there'']]

[[folder:''Origins'']]
The situation isn't really mentioned at all. It's either not relevant (as in the SpeculativeFiction genre), or it's pretended it's not happening. This does not bar the show from making comments via metaphor though.

[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', the Twin Towers can be seen in the New York City skyline, even though it's 2012. Also, there doesn't appear to be strict airport security.


[[AC:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{DMZ}}'': Manhattan island is the titular DMZ because in this AlternateUniverse the US adopted a more aggressive, reckless, and far-reaching response to 9/11 than it ever did under UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Groaning under the weight of "three different wars on as many continents" which required the deplyoment
beginnings of the entire regular army and most of the national guard, large anti-government/secessionist militias sprang up... and the result was a second [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar American Civil War]] [[DividedStatesOfAmerica between the central government and the citizen-militias and guerillas of the 'Free States'.]]

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Franchise/StargateVerse''. They've got bigger problems to deal with, such as the [[AGodAmI Ori]] and the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Wraith]]. Occasionally a character will flashback to being in it though.
** ''Series/StargateSG1'':
*** In a RealitySubtext, there was a period during season seven when Samantha Carter temporarily changed weapons from the SGC's standard FN P90 to a kitbashed submachine gun dubbed the "Carter Special" in order to conserve P90 blanks. The show's armorer had run short because the factories had had to switch from making blanks for TV shows to making real bullets for fighting wars.
*** Cameron Mitchell has a SympatheticMurderBackstory where he bombed a refugee convoy which intel had thought was insurgents, with control telling him to hold fire seconds too late. It's not stated to be the Afghanistan War, but his age and the timing make it a reasonable assumption.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': John Sheppard, the only main character who has been part of the US Armed Forces, has several references in the story about his time as an Air Force pilot in Afghanistan (he hadn't been let in on TheMasquerade yet, which is why he was bothering with the less important conflict in the first place). In "The Runner", Sheppard asks for clarification when Caldwell mentions "Code Orange and above", suggesting that even a veteran of The
War on Terror can be confused by traced back for decades, but for the terror alert color system.
*
sake of brevity our story will start in 1979. This year brought two major events that would totally reshape the Middle East: the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, and the Iranian Revolution. In both Afghanistan and Iran, the long-reigning monarchs would be deposed, but by differing parties and with differing results.

In Afghanistan, Mohammad Zahir Shah was overthrown in a coup by his cousin, the [[EvilChancellor Prime Minister Mohammad Daoud Khan]], who took advantage of rising resentment against the country's economic conditions to secure power. The People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan had been growing in popularity, owing to the nation's high levels of income inequality and the influence of the neighboring [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]]. The PDPA was a constant influence on Daoud's government, but after years of persecution by his administration, the PDPA finally cracked. The military, which proved to be sympathetic to the PDPA, overthrew Daoud and proclaimed the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan in 1978.
The new ''Series/DoctorWho''. See ''Stargate''. Maybe less so, ''Doctor Who'' republic was fraught with internal issues including mounting opposition both the far left in the PDPA, and from conservatives who saw the new modernizing reforms as a threat to their traditional Islamic way of life. The government cracked down on both, arresting and murdering tens of thousands of dissenters.

A low-level insurgency had been ongoing in the country at least since Daoud took over, but it exploded with the PDPA's takeover. Communists, mutineers, and Islamists all turned their guns on the government. The largest faction of insurgents was the Mujahideen, a collective of many different Islamic extremist groups. Many of these groups were initially supported by Pakistan, who had a negative relationship with Afghanistan due to the Pashtun peoples
being British. split across their borders. The public, split of the Pashtuns between the two countries is an enduring problem.

In 1979 the first American agents started to enter Afghanistan and meet with Islamist resistance fighters
in general, doesn't care an effort to start a proxy war. The reasons for this were many: it served as a response to the War on Terror death of the US ambassador Adolph Dubs, it helped to repair the United States' relationship to Pakistan, and has reached a point of indifference about it, unless a family member is involved, and most importantly, it was hoped that it would have more concern for spur a Soviet intervention and give the giant eye ready to incinerate USSR "its own [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam.]]"

In October of 1979, President Taraki was killed by his Prime Minister Hafizullah Amin. The move only drove
the Earth, or country further into chaos, as his impromtu coup resulted in greater opposition to the government. The Soviets had favored Taraki and saw Amin as an unstable variable, so with a visit full on civil war brewing in the country, the Soviets intervened. Land and airborne forces started streaming across the border while special operatives from the [[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]]. Spinoffs ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' GRU [[note]]Soviet Military Intelligence[[/note]], dressed as Afghani soldiers, occupied key government buildings in Kabul and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', having killed Amin. The Soviets set up a new puppet government, but opposition was already mounting.

Meanwhile, in Iran, the long-reigning monarch of the country, Muhammad Reza Pahlavi Shah, was overthrown by a coalition of dissenting elements. The shah had faced mounting internal opposition for decades, with one of the stronger voices coming from the exiled Islamic cleric Ruhollah Khomeini. When the Iranian government published a work critical of Khomeini in a newspaper, protesters gathered in the religious center of Qom. Most of the protesters were students at religious universities, studying to become imams. They clashed with police, resulting in an unknown number of deaths. Demonstrations were held throughout the country, leading to
more limiting methods violent suppression and more deaths.

Protests would continue steadily throughout 1978. In August, a major terrorist attack occurred at the Cinema Rex in Abadan. A group
of TimeTravel, mention Iraq, arsonists blocked the exits and set the cinema on fire, killing 422 people. The exiled Khomeini and the protesters blamed the Iranian secret police for committing the act, although it was later confirmed to be committed by a group of Islamic extremists. This incited even more unrest that led to the declaration of marshal law in September. 64 more protesters were killed in clashes with the military, in an event known as "Black Friday."

After this, the military started to become less and less interested in firing on its own people. Meanwhile, protests reached their all time high with a general strike being declared. In response, the shah set up a military government. Meanwhile Khomeini was exiled from Iraq under pressure from the shah. He fled to Paris,
but never higher than Alert Level Blue. ''Series/DoctorWho'', on continued sending messages to his loyal followers in Iran. In December, he ordered a massive protest during Muharram, an Islamic holiday. Millions of Iranians marched in one of the largest protests in history, but the protests were surprisingly restrained and organized. This caused the military to further demoralize, and troops began to rebel against their officers.

In January of 1979, the shah and his family fled to Egypt, setting up a transitional government to maintain order. Free elections were called and Khomeini was invited to return to the country. The secret police were disbanded and prisoners were freed. When Khomeini returned in February, he spoke out against the transitional government and declared his own Islamist government. The military backed down, and by the end of the month Khomeini had taken over the country, renaming it to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Khomeini continued to consolidate his own power and undermine
the other hand, involves frequent use of time travel, on top of having had just nine out of 32 episodes substantially set on present-day Earth between 2009 and 2011 [[note]]"Planet members of the Dead", "The End of Time" Parts One revolutionary coalition. Liberals, socialists, and Two, "The Eleventh Hour", "The Lodger", "The Big Bang", "The Impossible Astronaut", "Night Terrors" nationalists were pushed aside as Khomeini set up an Islamist government.

Meanwhile, the insurgency in Afghanistan continued. For 10 long, bloody years, the Soviets fought a brutal counter-insurgency war in Afghanistan. Their opposition, the mujahideen, attracted international support. Money, weapons,
and "Closing Time", with a "2011" where every point intelligence came streaming in history happens at once in "The Wedding of River Song"[[/note]].
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' subverts the "Green" level, even lampshades it: Crichton's father mentions to John that it's a different world than the idealistic one they believed in when he left, what with the War on Terror going on. Crichton is obviously not impressed and is almost glad that's their biggest concern, in contrast with all the atrocities he's seen and felt "out there".
* ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', which began principal photography a few months after 9/11, uses the slogan "united we roar". It's a fairly likely reference
to the slogan "united we stand", which became a popular symbol of solidarity after Mujahideen from the attacks.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Just about completely ignored
United States and Pakistan, in ''Literature/TheTaqwacores'', an effort to prolong the point where it gets conflict and give the Soviets a lampshading, because despite what certain news channels would tell you it's really completely irrelevant to black eye. Some of these weapons, such as the American Muslim's day-to-day life.

[[AC:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/SesameStreet''
FIM-92 "Stinger" anti-air system, proved incredibly effective against the highly mechanized Soviet forces. Foreign fighters also started coming to Afghanistan to fight against the Soviets, chief among them Osama bin Laden. With nearly ten years of conflict and almost no results, Mikhail Gorbechav began pulling out Soviet troops in 1987. The US got its wish in the form of a bankrupted and bloodied Soviet Union, while the Pakistanis got their wish in the form of an anarchic, devastated Afghanistan.

Both events changed the political topography of the Middle East. For most of the Cold War, the region had been dominated by Arab nationalists, and nationalism was seen as the best way of opposing Western influence. The death of Gamal abdel Nasser and the failure of the Arab states to defeat Israel in two major wars served to undermine the power of Arab nationalism, and by the late 1970s many Muslims were looking for other ideologies with which to oppose foreign imperialism. The Iranian Revolution and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan showed that Islamism, particularly Islamic extremism, was the best way to resist foreign powers. These events were to Islamism what the Suez Crisis was to Arab nationalism, codifying it as the main ideology for opposition groups in the Middle East.

It also
had a grease fire and a trip more direct consequence of helping to create the firehouse in its first season premiere after 9/11.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} and his friends all deal with emotional responses to a fire at their school. The attacks are alluded to with
Islamic militant group Al Qaeda, led by the episode title, "April 9th". Police cars and fire trucks show up at the school.mujahideen resistance fighter Osama bin Laden.



[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Blue''': It gets cursory mentions'']]

The thing is there in the background, it's acknowledged it's happening, it affects the plot somewhat, but ultimately doesn't directly affect the plot on a day to day basis.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit'', Ryan joins the Marines not too long after 9/11.
* Mentioned indirectly in ''Film/JurassicWorld'':
** Hoskins wonders how Owen Grady's raptors would have done better in Tora Bora. He is referring to the bombing of the Tora Bora caves in December 2001 in Afghanistan in which the United States dropped several bunker buster bombs on the cave system believed to be hiding Osama Bin Laden. Despite the amount of ordnance dropped, the coalition forces failed to kill/capture Osama Bin Laden.
** The ACU trooper beside Masrani states he served in Afghanistan before joining the ACU.

[[AC:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheJenniferMorgue'' mentions rather offhandedly that "Saddam's magical disappearing chemical weapons" were the result of a faulty prediction of the future by the Laundry's Predictive Branch.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' is the prime example of this. While the increased world tensions are mentioned, people get threatened with the Patriot Act and there's one trip to Afghanistan, the rest of the series is chock full of non-Islamist terrorists and there is never a direct "Al-Qaeda" plot during the entire show. A notable incident is a case in Series Two, where Sydney, as part of a disguise, is wearing a heavily metal-studded shirt. Her comment: "When I last went through JFK, they literally made me take off my shirt". [[MsFanservice Guess what ends up happening...]]
* Comedies like ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' like to dig joke material out of it, but that's as far as it goes.
** ''Series/{{Community}}'': 9/11 was pretty much the 9/11 of the falafel business.
* ''Series/CSINewYork'' has the main character's wife dead in 9/11, and it gets painfully reminded [[ViewersAreGoldfish every other episode]] like it was some new (to be fair, to the irregular watchers, it is new... until they stop being irregulars) heartbreaking thing that ''didn't happen soon-to-be over 10 years ago''. Milked for all it's got, but that's usually as far as it goes, except rare random terrorist involving plots.
* The War on Terror has tangential effects in ''Series/TheWire''. Mainly, the local Baltimore police discover that drug trafficking has fallen off the FBI's priority list and they can't get Bureau assistance in their anti-drug cases anymore. (Although in Season 3 sympathetic Agent Fitzhugh hooks them up with an expedited wiretap by [[spoiler:registering "Stringer" Bell as a homeland security threat named "Ahmed"]].)
** They do manage to crack one case with the help of equipment granted to the Baltimore PD by a Homeland Security grant. Hilariously, none of the cops knew what it was or how to use it, so it was buried on a back shelf for years.
** There's also one seen in the Western District squad room where a federal agent is trying to train the police officers in how to deal with terrorist threats only to have the police officers crack jokes about how Baltimore is already a war zone or how the city's drug gangs would scare off any potential terrorists.
** There's also the fact that due to all of the FBI's resources being aimed toward terrorism, a lot of cases where the Baltimore Police would get additional help and resources from the Feds now has to be handled by the local cops alone. Considering the apathy, incompetence, and lack of resources the Baltimore cops are plagued with, this makes life a lot harder for anyone trying to do something about the big cases.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' often mentions how traditional tactics used by crooks have had to change in a post 9/11 world.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has an episode featuring an Iraq veteran with the entire hospital siding in heated debates. Another episode has J.D. becoming a makeshift US flag due to a shortage of them in wartime.
* Dr Watson from ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' is, [[SettingUpdate as in the original]], a veteran who fought in Afghanistan. We see him having a flashback to it in the beginning of the "[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink A Study in Pink]]" episode and, as in the original, Sherlock comments upon it when they first meet, but that's about it.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'': The Feds lose interest in TheMafia after 9/11. It comes up a few times, notably in the final season when Chris debates whether to sell guns to two Arab men and Tony tries to offer information (violating his Omerta) on terrorists.
* David Kelley's shows mention it from time to time. Series/AllyMcBeal's therapist mentioned that after 9/11, casual sex has become more common because people just felt like they needed some connection they could turn to during that trying time and [[Series/BostonLegal Alan Shore]] dealt with the ramifications of the war on terror frequently, even butting heads occasionally with the extremely conservative Denny Crane.
* Dean and Sam in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' pretend to be [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E04PhantomTraveller Homeland Security]] agents. In addition, [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne Jake]] was fighting in Afghanistan before he woke up in Cold, Oak. Amelia was married to a man name [[Recap/SupernaturalS08E09CitizenFang Don Richardson]], who was thought to have been killed while in service in Afghanistan.
* In the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "[[Recap/FarscapeS04E13TerraFirma Terra Firma]]", Crichton's dad blames 9/11 for ruining the optimism he once felt about humanity and for why the world is so suspicious of Crichton's alien friends. (''Farscape'' premiered in March 1999, the episode aired in January 2003.)

[[AC:Music]]
* The second stanza of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4XTi1soIAo "Sith Lords"]] by Raleigh, NC {{nerdcore}} outfit Music/SithClan references Darth Kaedus having served in Afghanistan.

[[AC:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' gave plenty of {{Take That}}s against the Bush administration and their foreign policy, and revealed that Jazmine's [[ComicBookTime two-year]] [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome absence]] was due to [[{{Hikikomori}} hiding in her house out of fear of terrorism]].

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar''[='=]s tagline was "The Future War on Terror". Other than that, it has next to nothing to do with the actual War on Terror, being set some 70 years in the future.

[[AC:Web Comics]]
* [[http://plusev.keenspot.com/d/20061027.html See how Phil Ivey helps to win the war on terror]] in ''Webcomic/PlusEV''!

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "A Date with the Health Inspector" made one hell of an allusion to the Iraq War in the form of a convenience store robbery. Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy ({{White Gang Banger|s}} [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed takes on George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld]]) take some beer called "Black Gold", and when the [[AsianStoreOwner Arab store clerk]] (UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein) tries to charge them, they accuse him of having a gun (WeaponsOfMassDestruction). A cop named Frank (UsefulNotes/{{France}}) shows up, and Ed III levels a gun to him, shouting "[[WithUsOrAgainstUs Whose side you on?!]]" The clerk's coworkers fight back, leading to a two-hour shootout with more allusions to the events around the War than can be listed here. It ends with the Arab store owners arrested and [[KarmaHoudini Ed III and Rummy hailed as heroes]].

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[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Blue''': It gets cursory mentions'']]

The thing is there in the background, it's acknowledged it's happening, it affects the plot somewhat, but ultimately doesn't directly affect the plot on a day to day basis.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit'', Ryan joins the Marines not too long after 9/11.
* Mentioned indirectly in ''Film/JurassicWorld'':
** Hoskins wonders how Owen Grady's raptors would
[[folder: ''The Power of Terror'']]

->''"We're due. And we're due for something big. ... Some things
have done better happened in Tora Bora. He is referring to Afghanistan. I don’t like the bombing of the Tora Bora caves way things are lining up in December 2001 Afghanistan. ... I sense a shift, and I think things are going to happen. ... soon".''
-->-- '''John P. O'Neill''', ''Former Assistant FBI Director and Counter-Terrorism Expert''

In 1993, an Islamic militant detonated a bomb
in Afghanistan in which the United States dropped several bunker buster bombs an underground parking garage on the cave system believed World Trade Center. The attack killed 6, but it was intended to be hiding Osama Bin Laden. Despite destabilize the amount of ordnance dropped, building's foundation and level it. While this was not the coalition forces failed to kill/capture Osama Bin Laden.
** The ACU trooper beside Masrani states he served in Afghanistan before joining
first terrorist attack by Islamic extremists, it was the ACU.

[[AC:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheJenniferMorgue'' mentions rather offhandedly that "Saddam's magical disappearing chemical weapons" were
first in America to gain widespread notoriety. It was also important because it showed how the result of World Trade Center became a faulty prediction of symbol for the West, which made it a target for future by the Laundry's Predictive Branch.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' is the prime example
attacks.

In 1996, Osama bin Laden formed what would become Al Qaeda. From his base
of this. While the increased world tensions are mentioned, people get threatened with the Patriot Act and there's one trip to operations in Afghanistan, he issued a fatwa declaring war on the rest West, and from there a series of terror attacks would elevate Islamic extremism into the spotlight. The first terrorist attack to gain notoriety was the bombings of the series is chock full of non-Islamist terrorists American embassies in Kenya and there is never Tanzania. President Clinton ordered a direct "Al-Qaeda" campaign of retaliation against Al Qaeda and other militant groups, but this seemed only to embolden them. Membership in Al Qaeda skyrocketed, and some of the new members would be recruited to plan a new attack, one far greater in scope and scale.

Meanwhile, in the year 2000, the USS ''Cole'' was attacked while refueling in Aden. A group of insurgents had sailed up next to the ship and planted C4, causing an explosion that killed 17 American sailors. The attack really put Al Qaeda on the radar, both for Americans and for many Muslims, who saw it as dealing a great blow towards Western imperialism.

Al Qaeda had been planning a massive attack on the World Trade Center for years, but in 1999 several English-speaking militants from Germany came to meet with Bin Laden. Bin Laden recruited them and told them of his plan: they were to hijack several airplanes and crash them into the World Trade Center. They agreed, and after some training on flight simulators, they went to the United States. Intelligence services had some vague awareness that a
plot during the entire show. A notable incident is a case in Series Two, was afoot, but where Sydney, and when it was to take place were yet unknown.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the hijackers took control of four flights in the eastern United States. Two of the flights were to be crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, and one was to be crashed somewhere in Washington D.C., likely the Capitol Building or the White House. At 8:46 AM Eastern Standard Time, the first plane crashed into the northern tower of the World Trade Center. The next 17 minutes were fraught with confusion. Many at the time believed it to be an accident, but at 9:03 AM the second plane crashed into the southern tower. At that point it was clear: America was under attack.

At 9:37 AM, the third flight crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth flight crashed in Pennsylvania at 10:03 AM, when the passengers of the plane heroically tried to storm the cabin and retake control, prompting the hijackers to intentionally crash the plane. Meanwhile, the city of New York sent out emergency crews to the World Trade Center to assist in evacuating the buildings. Departments in surrounding communities also began to send their own emergency crews, while off duty emergency workers joined in the evacuation effort.

At 9:56 AM, the southern tower collapsed due to fire and structural damage. At 10:28 AM, the northern tower also collapsed, and its debris would cause another building in the World Trade Center to collapse
as part of a disguise, is wearing a heavily metal-studded shirt. Her comment: "When I last went well. Many thousands, including emergency personnel sent to evacuate, were still trapped inside. Damage to the surrounding area was severe, and all flights in the US were grounded for three days.

A tremendous relief effort began to dig
through JFK, the rubble left behind in the wake of the attacks, in an effort to find survivors. The city of New York deployed a massive civil service effort, but they literally made me take were not alone. Off-duty firefighters, EMTs, and other professionals began to supplement the search crews. Ships evacuated people off my shirt". [[MsFanservice Guess what ends up happening...of Manhattan Island while supplies and fresh water were hauled in. Relief efforts streamed in from across the country. Searchers rescued 11 people from the rubble on September 12.

In less than two hours, the world was changed forever. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives as a result of the attack[[note]]many more if you consider the impact of the clean-up conditions on the health of the workers[[/note]] and one of America's greatest symbols was destroyed. The impact of the September 11 attacks cannot be overstated.

The attack would have major consequences for Americans domestically, as it led to a massive expansion of government power, particularly in surveillance. Hate crimes against American Muslims also increased, and other groups such as Sikhs were affected due to their resemblance to stereotypical Muslim archetypes. To this day, the social and political ramifications of the attack are still being felt, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement but the less said, the better.
]]
* Comedies like ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' like to dig joke material out of it, but that's as far as it goes.
** ''Series/{{Community}}'': 9/11 was pretty much the 9/11 of the falafel business.
* ''Series/CSINewYork'' has the main character's wife dead in 9/11, and it gets painfully reminded [[ViewersAreGoldfish every other episode]] like it was some new (to be fair, to the irregular watchers, it is new... until they stop being irregulars) heartbreaking thing that ''didn't happen soon-to-be over 10 years ago''. Milked for all it's got, but that's usually as far as it goes, except rare random terrorist involving plots.
* The War on Terror has tangential effects in ''Series/TheWire''. Mainly, the local Baltimore police discover that drug trafficking has fallen off the FBI's priority list and they can't get Bureau assistance in their anti-drug cases anymore. (Although in Season 3 sympathetic Agent Fitzhugh hooks them up with an expedited wiretap by [[spoiler:registering "Stringer" Bell as a homeland security threat named "Ahmed"]].)
** They do manage to crack one case with the help of equipment granted to the Baltimore PD by a Homeland Security grant. Hilariously, none of the cops knew what it was or how to use it, so it was buried on a back shelf for years.
** There's also one seen in the Western District squad room where a federal agent is trying to train the police officers in how to deal with terrorist threats only to have the police officers crack jokes about how Baltimore is already a war zone or how the city's drug gangs would scare off any potential terrorists.
** There's also the fact that due to all of the FBI's resources being aimed toward terrorism, a lot of cases where the Baltimore Police would get additional help and resources from the Feds now has to be handled by the local cops alone. Considering the apathy, incompetence, and lack of resources the Baltimore cops are plagued with, this makes life a lot harder for anyone trying to do something about the big cases.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' often mentions how traditional tactics used by crooks have had to change in a post 9/11 world.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has an episode featuring an Iraq veteran with the entire hospital siding in heated debates. Another episode has J.D. becoming a makeshift US flag due to a shortage of them in wartime.
* Dr Watson from ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' is, [[SettingUpdate as in the original]], a veteran who fought in Afghanistan. We see him having a flashback to it in the beginning of the "[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink A Study in Pink]]" episode and, as in the original, Sherlock comments upon it when they first meet, but that's about it.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'': The Feds lose interest in TheMafia after 9/11. It comes up a few times, notably in the final season when Chris debates whether to sell guns to two Arab men and Tony tries to offer information (violating his Omerta) on terrorists.
* David Kelley's shows mention it from time to time. Series/AllyMcBeal's therapist mentioned that after 9/11, casual sex has become more common because people just felt like they needed some connection they could turn to during that trying time and [[Series/BostonLegal Alan Shore]] dealt with the ramifications of the war on terror frequently, even butting heads occasionally with the extremely conservative Denny Crane.
* Dean and Sam in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' pretend to be [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E04PhantomTraveller Homeland Security]] agents. In addition, [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne Jake]] was fighting in Afghanistan before he woke up in Cold, Oak. Amelia was married to a man name [[Recap/SupernaturalS08E09CitizenFang Don Richardson]], who was thought to have been killed while in service in Afghanistan.
* In the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "[[Recap/FarscapeS04E13TerraFirma Terra Firma]]", Crichton's dad blames 9/11 for ruining the optimism he once felt about humanity and for why the world is so suspicious of Crichton's alien friends. (''Farscape'' premiered in March 1999, the episode aired in January 2003.)

[[AC:Music]]
* The second stanza of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4XTi1soIAo "Sith Lords"]] by Raleigh, NC {{nerdcore}} outfit Music/SithClan references Darth Kaedus having served in Afghanistan.

[[AC:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' gave plenty of {{Take That}}s against the Bush administration and their foreign policy, and revealed that Jazmine's [[ComicBookTime two-year]] [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome absence]] was due to [[{{Hikikomori}} hiding in her house out of fear of terrorism]].

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar''[='=]s tagline was "The Future War on Terror". Other than that, it has next to nothing to do with the actual War on Terror, being set some 70 years in the future.

[[AC:Web Comics]]
* [[http://plusev.keenspot.com/d/20061027.html See how Phil Ivey helps to win the war on terror]] in ''Webcomic/PlusEV''!

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "A Date with the Health Inspector" made one hell of an allusion to the Iraq War in the form of a convenience store robbery. Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy ({{White Gang Banger|s}} [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed takes on George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld]]) take some beer called "Black Gold", and when the [[AsianStoreOwner Arab store clerk]] (UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein) tries to charge them, they accuse him of having a gun (WeaponsOfMassDestruction). A cop named Frank (UsefulNotes/{{France}}) shows up, and Ed III levels a gun to him, shouting "[[WithUsOrAgainstUs Whose side you on?!]]" The clerk's coworkers fight back, leading to a two-hour shootout with more allusions to the events around the War than can be listed here. It ends with the Arab store owners arrested and [[KarmaHoudini Ed III and Rummy hailed as heroes]].



[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Yellow''': It turns up in a few plots'']]

A common one for the CopShow that otherwise has to deal with its third SerialKiller of the season. This includes attacks on veterans, possible involvement of someone in Islamist terrorism and asylum seekers.

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* Frank Castle in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' once has to deal with a situation in Afghanistan (though it's with Russians) and occasionally calls in favors to hitch a ride on a CIA flight (no questions asked, but avoid being allergic to Pakistani prisoners).
* Comicbook/TheBoys is an AlternateHistory where a superpowered attempt to prevent 9/11 ended up sending the planes into the Brooklyn Bridge. The main character is shocked to learn this, and the fact that the intended target was the World Trade Center.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse examples:
** ''Film/IronMan1'': Tony Stark is injured by terrorists while showcasing a M.I.R.V. to NATO brass in Afghanistan.
** ''Film/IronMan3'': The aforementioned terrorists [[spoiler: possibly]] make a return appearance in this film.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': This is the [[{{BlatantLies}} "official" reason]] for Project Insight. [[spoiler:The actual reason is it's the final step in ComicBook/{{HYDRA}}'s decades-long plan to TakeOverTheWorld.]]

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/WithoutATrace'' is an example here. In one case, an Iraq veteran went missing, some of the team headed to Iraq[!]... then it turned out the guy was killed while doing an armed robbery and the war was nothing to do with it whatsoever. Also had a guy mistakenly shot dead because they thought he was a terrorist by virtue of the books in his library and the fact he looked like he had a gun.
* ''Series/TheBill'' is in this category. It's an interesting example. Despite being set in an area with a considerable number of Muslims, it has not yet done a straight Islamist terrorism story ("Moving Target" was a vendetta over Iraq artefacts).
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' has seen a couple of episodes come and go with both attacks on veterans and a (white) Islamic extremist murdering a women's rights activist.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has had several plots featuring Islamist terrorists, most notably Ari's attempt to use a target drone as a cruise missile to attack a crowd at a crew homecoming. When that plot failed [[spoiler: he killed Kate Todd]]. Later seasons have introduced more elements which connect to the Islamist terrorism, [[spoiler: and the ending of season 6 very strongly suggests it will be a major part of stories in season seven.]]
* Series/TheWestWing falls into this catagory due to the infrequent, but heavy-hitting episodes involving Islamic extremists and [[{{Qurac}} Qumar]]
* In ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'', Colby is an Afghanistan veteran, and there are a few terror-related episodes, but most of the episodes are close-to-home.
* In ''Series/TheAmazingMrsPritchard'', a plane comes down and extremists are suspected.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has both major and minor references to the war on terror. At first glance, the war only seems to get a passing, satirical treatment. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that the War on Terror is a central element in this show and that it is actually behind the premise of the series. Such references run the gamut from Maeby offhandedly mentioning that school let out early because an Arabic student parked too close to the gym to [[spoiler:Michael, Gob, and Buster actually going to Iraq to clear their father's name after he supposedly built houses for the Hussein regime]].
* ''Series/BlueBloods'' has several mentions: Frank and Henry were WTC first responders, along with many other cops, and Danny fought in Fallujah. In Season One, the NYPD's Intelligence Division has infiltrated a splinter cell and prevents a major terrorist attack.
* Series 8 of ''Series/DoctorWho'' uses the War in Afghanistan as a large part of Danny Pink's story arc.
* In ''Series/GoldenBoy'', Don Owen's ThatOneCase is a murder he was investigating the morning of 9/11 that went cold while NYPD was responding to the attacks. The last episode has a {{flashback}} to it: Owen is right under the path of United Airlines Flight 175 as it heads for the South Tower.
* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'':
** Frank Castle was part of an unsanctioned CIA black ops unit that was committing war crimes during the war in Afghanistan.
** In the second episode, we have a scene where Dinah Madani and Sam Stein converse about the War on Terror and its affect on people of Middle-Eastern descent, like Dinah herself. Even more importantly, they're having this conversation while walking around the reflecting pools at the 9/11 Memorial.
[[AC:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'': A few plots, such as “Anarchy in the Ether” from Tales from the Ether, are about the struggle against 19th century terrorists, mostly anarchists and Fenians. Late 19th century is sometimes considered the birth of revolutionary terrorism. Some of its methods, theories and ideologies come from this time: such as Bakunin’s ideas about “propaganda of the deed”. So it is sort of a prequel to the modern war on terrorism.

[[AC:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', the war [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted apparently still happened.]] Furthermore, [[spoiler: TheManBehindTheMan's plan is to restart it and drag Pakistan in this time.]]
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' plays with this trope, with a senator more-or-less declaring a War on Urban Terror and establishing a special military unit to deal with escalating gang violence.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', being [[RippedFromTheHeadlines the topical show it is]], has done plenty of episodes on the war:
** The first, ''[[Recap/SouthParkS5E9OsamaBinLadenHasFartyPants Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants "Osama Bin Laden has Farty Pants"]]'', [[RippedFromTheHeadlines aired less than a month after 9/11]]. It exaggerated post 9/11 paranoia with everyone wearing gas masks, security checkpoints every ten minutes, and people camped out in their living room, utterly catatonic from all that's going on in the news. It also shows the negative effects of the war Afghan innocents, who are also shown to have stronger morals and values than most Americans. The climax had Cartman [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kill]] UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden WesternAnimation/BugsBunny [[KarmicTrickster style]]. (actually, a soldier delivered the final shot)
** The later episode "I'm a Little Bit Country..." sees the town divided between those who support the war and those against it. Cartman, to ease his way out of a school assignment on the FoundingFathers, [[InvokedTrope tries to]] {{flashback}} to 1776, and learns there was a divide between pro-war and anti-war sentiments then as well. Creator/BenjaminFranklin decides that the two opposing opinions both help America by giving it a MartialPacifist appearance; those against war show that America strives for peace, while those for it show America is willing to be strong and fight if need be. (Though being the show it is, they refer to it as "saying one thing and doing another" and "having your cake and eating it too".)
** "The Mystery of the Urinal Deuce" tackles the subject of 9/11 being a GovernmentConspiracy. As it turns out, 9/11 conspiracies are conspiracies in themselves, as "a bunch of pissed-off Muslims" crippling America the way it did doesn't reflect well on [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Ol' Dubya]].

to:

[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Yellow''': It turns up in a few plots'']]

A common one for the CopShow that otherwise has to deal with its third SerialKiller of the season. This includes attacks on veterans, possible involvement of someone in Islamist terrorism and asylum seekers.

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* Frank Castle in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' once has to deal with a situation in Afghanistan (though it's with Russians) and occasionally calls in favors to hitch a ride on a CIA flight (no questions asked, but avoid being allergic to Pakistani prisoners).
* Comicbook/TheBoys is an AlternateHistory where a superpowered attempt to prevent 9/11 ended up sending the planes into the Brooklyn Bridge. The main character is shocked to learn this, and the fact that the intended target was the World Trade Center.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse examples:
** ''Film/IronMan1'': Tony Stark is injured by terrorists while showcasing a M.I.R.V. to NATO brass in Afghanistan.
** ''Film/IronMan3'': The aforementioned terrorists [[spoiler: possibly]] make a return appearance in this film.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': This is the [[{{BlatantLies}} "official" reason]] for Project Insight. [[spoiler:The actual reason is it's the final step in ComicBook/{{HYDRA}}'s decades-long plan to TakeOverTheWorld.]]

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/WithoutATrace'' is an example here.
[[folder:''The War Begins'']]
In one case, an Iraq veteran went missing, some of the team headed to Iraq[!]... then it turned out the guy was killed while doing an armed robbery and the war was nothing to do with it whatsoever. Also had a guy mistakenly shot dead because they thought he was a terrorist by virtue of the books in his library and the fact he looked like he had a gun.
* ''Series/TheBill'' is in this category. It's an interesting example. Despite being set in an area with a considerable number of Muslims, it has not yet done a straight Islamist terrorism story ("Moving Target" was a vendetta over Iraq artefacts).
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' has seen a couple of episodes come and go with both attacks on veterans and a (white) Islamic extremist murdering a women's rights activist.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has had several plots featuring Islamist terrorists, most notably Ari's attempt to use a target drone as a cruise missile to attack a crowd at a crew homecoming. When that plot failed [[spoiler: he killed Kate Todd]]. Later seasons have introduced more elements which connect
response to the Islamist terrorism, [[spoiler: and September 11 Attacks, the ending United States invoked Article 5, calling all of season 6 very strongly suggests it will be a major part of stories in season seven.]]
* Series/TheWestWing falls into
its NATO allies to respond to this catagory due to act of aggression. Three days after the infrequent, but heavy-hitting episodes involving Islamic extremists and [[{{Qurac}} Qumar]]
* In ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'', Colby is an Afghanistan veteran, and there are a few terror-related episodes, but most of
attack, the episodes are close-to-home.
* In ''Series/TheAmazingMrsPritchard'', a plane comes down and extremists are suspected.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has both major and minor references to
US Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists, officially starting the war on terror. At first glance, the war only seems to get a passing, satirical treatment. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that the War on Terror is a central element in this show and that it is actually behind was already proving to be difficult to enact, seeing as these terrorist cells are non-governmental entities operating underground. The US would deploy forces across the premise globe, alongside its allies. The most visible of these deployments, however, was the US invasion of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan had essentially been in a state of civil war since the Soviet withdraw. The years following the Soviet withdraw in 1989 saw the collapse
of the series. Such references run the gamut from Maeby offhandedly mentioning that school let out early because an Arabic student parked too close to the gym to [[spoiler:Michael, Gob, and Buster actually going to Iraq to clear their father's name after he supposedly built houses for the Hussein regime]].
* ''Series/BlueBloods'' has several mentions: Frank and Henry were WTC first responders, along with many other cops, and Danny
communist government, followed by total anarchy. Roving gangs of militants fought in Fallujah. In Season One, the NYPD's Intelligence Division has infiltrated a splinter cell streets, and prevents a major terrorist attack.
* Series 8 of ''Series/DoctorWho'' uses
various groups began to squabble. The group to come out ascendant from all this was the Taliban, which by 2001 was effectively in charge of Afghanistan. The Taliban had a strong base in the Pashtun parts of the country, namely the southeast. They were, however, opposed by the Northern Alliance, but the alliance had been bottled up in the northwestern part of the country and was on its last legs.

On the 20th of September, the US sent an ultimatum to the Taliban demanding that they surrender Osama bin Laden. The Taliban responded demanding evidence of Bin Laden's involvement in the 9/11 Attacks, and that he be tried in an Islamic court. The US-led Coalition responded with a massive bombing campaign in October, followed by a swift ground invasion. The Northern Alliance, despite being Islamic militants themselves, saw the EnemyMine situation and sided with the Coalition. In what is most certainly not a coincidence, their leader had been assassinated just two days prior to the September 11 Attacks.

Within two months, the Taliban had been driven back into the mountains, where they continued to wage an insurgency. Hamid Karzai, an Afghani national living in Pakistan, was sworn in as President of the transitional government on December 22. Karzai had originally supported the mujahideen, and even supported the Taliban at one point, thinking they'd finally bring peace and stability to his ailing country. However, after the Taliban were blamed for the death of his father, he turned on them and started drumming up international support for the Northern Alliance. He would win the 2004 election, becoming Afghanistan's first democratically elected leader.

However, the transitional government he led had little real power, and both inside and outside of Kabul, the war was still going on. The
War in Afghanistan is still raging as a large part of Danny Pink's story arc.
* In ''Series/GoldenBoy'', Don Owen's ThatOneCase is a murder he was investigating
the morning writing of 9/11 that went cold while NYPD was responding to the attacks. The last episode has a {{flashback}} to it: Owen is right under the path of United Airlines Flight 175 as it heads for the South Tower.
* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'':
** Frank Castle was part of an unsanctioned CIA black ops unit that was committing war crimes during the war in Afghanistan.
** In the second episode, we have a scene where Dinah Madani and Sam Stein converse about the War on Terror and its affect on people of Middle-Eastern descent, like Dinah herself. Even more importantly, they're having
this conversation while walking around article, as the reflecting pools at the 9/11 Memorial.
[[AC:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'': A few plots, such as “Anarchy
Taliban continues its insurgency from their traditional bases of power in the Ether” from Tales from Pashtun tribal regions and the Ether, are about the struggle against 19th century terrorists, mostly anarchists and Fenians. Late 19th century is sometimes considered the birth mountainous regions of revolutionary terrorism. Some of its methods, theories and ideologies come from this time: such as Bakunin’s ideas about “propaganda of the deed”. So it is sort of a prequel to the modern war on terrorism.

[[AC:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', the war [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted apparently still happened.]] Furthermore, [[spoiler: TheManBehindTheMan's plan is to restart it and drag Pakistan in this time.]]
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' plays with this trope, with a senator more-or-less declaring a War on Urban Terror and establishing a special military unit to deal with escalating gang violence.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', being [[RippedFromTheHeadlines the topical show it is]], has done plenty of episodes on the war:
**
Afghanistan. The first, ''[[Recap/SouthParkS5E9OsamaBinLadenHasFartyPants Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants "Osama Bin Laden has Farty Pants"]]'', [[RippedFromTheHeadlines aired less than Coalition forces have maintained a month after 9/11]]. It exaggerated post 9/11 paranoia with everyone wearing gas masks, security checkpoints every ten minutes, and people camped out in their living room, utterly catatonic from all that's going on presence in the news. It also shows country ever since, and the negative effects course of the war Afghan innocents, who are also shown to have stronger morals has flowed back and values than most Americans. The climax had Cartman [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kill]] UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden WesternAnimation/BugsBunny [[KarmicTrickster style]]. (actually, a soldier delivered the final shot)
** The later episode "I'm a Little Bit Country..." sees the town divided between those who
forth. An Afghani army and police force has been equipped and trained by NATO forces in an effort to support the war NATO withdraw, but these forces have had questionable results and those against it. Cartman, NATO forces have routinely had to ease his way out of a school assignment on the FoundingFathers, [[InvokedTrope tries to]] {{flashback}} step in to 1776, and learns there was a divide between pro-war and anti-war sentiments then as well. Creator/BenjaminFranklin decides that the two opposing opinions both help America by giving it a MartialPacifist appearance; those against war show that America strives for peace, while those for it show America is willing to be strong and fight if need be. (Though being back Taliban offensives.

Coalition forces are projected to stay in
the show it is, they refer to it as "saying one thing country until at least 2024, but the actual date of withdraw is unknown. The most significant victory since the initial invasion came in 2011, when a US special forces team located and doing another" and "having your cake and eating it too".)
** "The Mystery
killed Osama bin Laden in his compound in neighboring Pakistan, finally killing the mastermind of the Urinal Deuce" tackles the subject of 9/11 being a GovernmentConspiracy. As it turns out, 9/11 conspiracies are conspiracies in themselves, as "a bunch of pissed-off Muslims" crippling America the way it did doesn't reflect well on [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Ol' Dubya]].September 11 Attacks.



[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Orange''': It turns up a lot'']]

Islamist terrorists turn up a lot, but there are other people as well.

[[AC:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/MarijuanaSimpson''. Lisa identifies 9/11 as the beginning of the Simpsons' woes, and Bart is drafted to fight in the Iraq War (a conflict which Homer eventually ends after smoking with George W. Bush).

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''{{Spooks}}'' (''[[{{MarketBasedTitle}} MI-5]]''), the first example of "terror TV"- a series explicitly set post-9/11.
* ''Series/{{Rubicon}}''
* Later seasons of ''Series/{{JAG}}'' had the War on Terror taking a central role in the story arcs. Very justified, as the show centers around career military officers. Notably, the show made a point of depicting at least a few of the Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters as being NotSoDifferent, with Bud managing to gain vital information from a prisoner while they bonded over a common interest in ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' has the events of 9/11 as the explicit inciting incident for the creation of the Machine, which drives the plot of the series, and several major characters have backstories relating to the War on Terror as well as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. More generally, the series is a pretty good representation of the technologic, post-9/11 surveillance state.
* A recurring element in ''Series/MadamSecretary'', a GovernmentProcedural set in the US State Department with the Secretary of State as its protagonist.
** The second episode, "Another Benghazi", has Liz dealing with nasty demonstrations against the US embassy in Yemen, as well as some PrivateMilitaryContractors whom she hires for added security after the Senate won't spring for Special Forces.
** "Collateral Damage" has Liz host the new Iraqi prime minister, then break up a sectarian political fight between Sunni and Shi'a members of the government by threatening to pull support altogether and back the Kurds for statehood. Also deals with the US use of torture during the 2000s.
** "Catch and Release" has an [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed American-born ISIS propaganda hero dubbed "Jihadi Judd"]] as the MonsterOfTheWeek. Also, Liz's brother is a Doctors Without Borders surgeon working in refugee camps around Syria.
* ''Series/TheBrave'' begins with a mission to rescue a Doctors Without Borders volunteer from the al-Nusra Front in Syria. Anti-terrorist missions are a core of the show, but several plotlines occur that have nothing to do with terrorism (mostly involving [[MakeTheBearAngryAgain Russia]]).
* ''Series/SEALTeam'' is [[DuelingWorks very similar to the above]], having many plotlines related to anti-terrorist efforts, but a good chunk of the missions in the show deal with other non-state outlaws such as [[TheMafiya the Eastern mafia]] and [[RuthlessModernPirates piracy.]]

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo'' is mostly you vs. Al-Qaeda. However [[spoiler: You also get to fight the Chinese military and SSC.]]
* Though ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' encompasses a far greater scope than just the War On Terror, the initial part of the game involves fighting an Al-Qaeda {{Expy}} named Al-Samaad who [[spoiler: were supplied missiles by a US weapons contractor to touch off tensions allowing them to sell more weapons to everyone.]] Later on in the game, exploiting fears of terrorism is the entire point behind [[spoiler: Conrad Marbug's plan in Rome to bomb the city.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Postal}} 2'': Paradise, Arizona has an absurd number of Islamic terrorists living or at least operating in and around the town (to the point that the "Tora Bora" complex can be reached from an underground sewer complex within the city limits), but beyond them taking over the church on Tuesday and the National Guard taking out one of their training camps in the expansion, they're [[AcceptableTargets just another group of people for you to kill with reckless abandon]].
* ''[=WinSP:MBT=]'', a FanRemake of ''VideoGame/SteelPanthers II'', includes a number of scenarios set in this. The majority are based on actual events in Iraq and Afghanistan, but there's a few hypothetical scenarios as well, including a campaign where Al-Quaeda tries to run operations in the Netherlands and the player has to root them out.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' fan game ''Super Mario World Dark Horizon'' has a 'world' equivalent where Mario fights his way through the War on Terror singlehandedly. It's a mix of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (with both a nuclear weapons facility in the former and an area involving a fight with Osama Bin Laden in the latter), and features Mario blowing up militants left and right guns a blazing (as well as them being affiliated with Hitler and ThoseWackyNazis). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0T9jMsVEcw a video of part of the level]]

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[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Orange''': It turns up a lot'']]

Islamist terrorists turn up a lot, but there are other people
[[folder:''Back to Iraq'']]
Initially, Saddam Hussein was considered
as well.

[[AC:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/MarijuanaSimpson''. Lisa identifies
being a potential accomplice to the 9/11 as plotters, and at one point around 7 in 10 Americans believed that he was connected to the beginning of the Simpsons' woes, and Bart is drafted to fight in the Iraq War (a conflict which Homer eventually ends after smoking with George W. Bush).

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''{{Spooks}}'' (''[[{{MarketBasedTitle}} MI-5]]''), the first example of "terror TV"- a series explicitly set post-9/11.
* ''Series/{{Rubicon}}''
* Later seasons of ''Series/{{JAG}}''
September 11 Attacks. However, it was later revealed that he had the War on Terror taking a central no role in the story arcs. Very justified, as the show centers around career military officers. Notably, the show made a point of depicting at least a few attacks, and even in 2001 President George W. Bush had rejected action against Iraq, believing that they were not involved. Despite this, Iraq would be invaded in 2003 anyways, and it became one of the Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters as being NotSoDifferent, with Bud managing to gain vital information from a prisoner while they bonded over a common interest in ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' has the events
most iconic battlefields of 9/11 as the explicit inciting incident for the creation of the Machine, which drives the plot of the series, and several major characters have backstories relating to the War on Terror Terror.

Iraq and the United States have had a troubled relationship in the past. The nation had been led by the nationalist Ba'ath Party since the 1950s, which Saddam Hussein would take over in 1979. Iraq became a belligerent, military state under Saddam, constantly lashing out against its neighbors. He attempted to [[UsefulNotes/IranIraqWar invade Iran]] in 1982 in a flagrant attempt at conquering the nation, but the war ended in a stalemate. Saddam had become indebted to the Arab monarchies due to the war, and was in no position to pay. Furthermore, the war exposed Iraq's major strategic vulnerability: it had only one major port, Basra, and it was not an effective deep water port. To rectify this, Saddam Hussein had invaded the small nation of Kuwait in 1990, having accused them of taking Iraqi oil resources along the border. He quickly overran the military of Kuwait, and annexed the country.

Saddam had erroneously thought that the US would not take issue, due to some vague and poorly worded statements exchanged between foreign ministers. The US sent an ultimatum demanding the Iraqis withdraw, as did the United Nations. When Saddam failed to withdraw, the US, then under President George H.W. Bush, gathered a massive coalition of troops across the border in Saudi Arabia, while initiating a bombing campaign. In January of 1991, the coalition forces stormed across the border and soundly defeated the Iraqis in a CurbStompBattle, driving them from Kuwait in a little over a month.

The defeat was bad news for Saddam. Bush Sr. had spared him, choosing to go no further than the Iraq-Kuwait border, as he feared that ousting Saddam [[HarsherInHindsight would create a power vacuum that would devastate the region.]] Saddam struggled internally in his own country, as the Kurds and Shiites both attempted uprisings that he swiftly, and brutally, crushed. He also found himself increasingly isolated, as not even traditional allies of Iraq would attempt to aid him after the invasion. The United States would lend support to opposition forces to try and topple his regime, and the US and UK would launch a joint campaign of airstrikes against Saddam in 1998 with the intent of crippling his forces and inciting rebellion.

Backed into a corner, Saddam started to try to appeal to Islamic radicals, adding "God is Great" to the Iraq flag and making gestures towards Sunni radical groups. Of course, these appeals fell flat and were correctly surmised by most Islamic extremists to be disingenuous, but none-the-less it made Saddam the target of suspicion following the September 11 Attacks.

Rumsfeld had tried to use the September 11 Attacks to make war on Saddam, but President Bush wasn't convinced and decided not to go to war... yet. He did, however, increase pressure on Saddam, appealing to the UN for a regime change and making a great deal of fuss about potential weapons of mass destruction. The UN only agreed to continue sending inspectors to search Iraq for weapons, which they did not find.

Despite this, the Bush administration started to drum up domestic support for an invasion, leading the majority of Americans to believe that Saddam had WMDs. In October of 2002, Congress authorized the use of military action against Iraq. The Secretary of State, Collin Powell, gave a speech to the UN showing the evidence for WMDs in Iraq and Saddam's ties to Al Qaeda, both of which were later discovered to be lies, based on an unreliable asset of the CIA.

In March of 2003, the United States and its "Coalition of the Willing"[[note]]The US, UK, Australia, and Poland[[/note]] invaded Iraq. Protests against the war broke out around the world, but in the United States, resistance to the war was small. Few were willing to challenge the Bush administration so soon after the disaster of 9/11, and many were convinced that Saddam had WMDs and was in some way responsible for the attacks, despite there being zero evidence for either.

Over a quarter of a million troops participated, including around 70,000 Iraqi Kurds. The Iraqi military was defeated swiftly in conventional battle, but they engaged in guerrilla warfare which proved to be a bit more effective against the Coalition. Still, the Coalition annihilated the Iraqi Armed Forces and had captured Baghdad in a little over a month.

An insurgency started to grow, initially supported by Republican Guard guerrillas and Ba'ath loyalists, but later by Islamic radicals. A provisional government was set up, but it was largely ineffective. Iraqis were incredibly hostile to the occupying forces, especially in Ba'athist strongholds. In the city of Fallujah, militants killed some American private military contractors, and the local people mutilated the bodies in a showing of resentment towards the American forces. In response, the US engaged in the nightmarish Battle of Fallujah.

The US did little to garner love from the Iraqi people and the international community. The use of the painful and deadly white phosphorous gas was condemned internationally, and abuse towards Iraqi prisoners also attracted notoriety. These same prisons would become instrumental in forming the next wave of radicals that would form ISIS.

The US attempted to set up a democratic government, but it was hampered by the historical ethnic and religious divisions of Iraq,
as well as the conflicts distrust of the occupying forces. The war would ebb and flow, with the US redploying troops to counter every surge. De facto, the country was locked in a state of low-intensity civil war, one that is arguably still ongoing.

The war would outlive the Bush administration, following Obama into office. Obama had campaigned on the idea of withdrawing from Iraq, but he initially deployed thousands more soldiers to the country to help the failing regime. Finally, in 2010, the withdraw commenced, and in 2011 all combat personnel left. The US had reportedly offered to extend their stay, but the Iraqi government refused.

The Iraqis would quickly find a new ally in the Iranian regime. The Sunni government of Saddam had been replaced by a largely Shiite one under the Americans, with concessions granted to the Kurds including regional autonomy. The US withdraw from the country created a power vacuum that caused a surge of violence. The insurgency ballooned into a full scale civil war in 2014, when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a former internee at an American prison camp, led the forces of the Islamic State
in Iraq and Afghanistan. More generally, Syria on a campaign of violence across the series is a pretty good representation of the technologic, post-9/11 surveillance state.
* A recurring element in ''Series/MadamSecretary'', a GovernmentProcedural set in the US State Department with the Secretary of State as its protagonist.
** The second episode, "Another Benghazi", has Liz dealing with nasty demonstrations against the US embassy in Yemen, as well as some PrivateMilitaryContractors whom she hires for added security after the Senate won't spring for Special Forces.
** "Collateral Damage" has Liz host the new Iraqi prime minister, then break up a sectarian political fight between Sunni and Shi'a members of the government by threatening to pull support altogether and back the Kurds for statehood. Also deals with the US use of torture during the 2000s.
** "Catch and Release" has an [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed American-born ISIS propaganda hero dubbed "Jihadi Judd"]] as the MonsterOfTheWeek. Also, Liz's brother is a Doctors Without Borders surgeon working in refugee camps around Syria.
* ''Series/TheBrave'' begins with a mission to rescue a Doctors Without Borders volunteer from the al-Nusra Front in
nation that spilled over into neighboring Syria. Anti-terrorist missions are a core of the show, but several plotlines occur that have nothing ISIS attracted international attention for their sheer brutality, as they attempting to do with terrorism (mostly involving [[MakeTheBearAngryAgain Russia]]).
* ''Series/SEALTeam'' is [[DuelingWorks very similar to the above]], having many plotlines related to anti-terrorist efforts, but a good chunk of the missions in the show deal with other non-state outlaws such as [[TheMafiya the Eastern mafia]]
massacre religious and [[RuthlessModernPirates piracy.]]

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo'' is mostly you vs. Al-Qaeda. However [[spoiler: You also get to fight the Chinese military
ethnic minorities and SSC.]]
* Though ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' encompasses a far greater scope than just the War On Terror, the initial part of the game involves fighting an Al-Qaeda {{Expy}} named Al-Samaad who [[spoiler:
were supplied missiles by a US weapons contractor to touch off tensions allowing them to sell more weapons to everyone.]] Later on in the game, exploiting fears known for their harsh methods of terrorism is the entire point behind [[spoiler: Conrad Marbug's plan in Rome to bomb the city.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Postal}} 2'': Paradise, Arizona has an absurd number
enforcing their version of Islamic terrorists living or at least operating in Law.

ISIS had nearly defeated the Iraqi government, driving back both the Kurdish Peshmerga
and around the town (to the point that the "Tora Bora" complex can be Iraqi army. They had effectively reached from an underground sewer complex within the city limits), Baghdad, but beyond them taking over the church on Tuesday and the National Guard taking out one of their training camps in the expansion, they're [[AcceptableTargets just another group of people for you to kill were stopped with reckless abandon]].
* ''[=WinSP:MBT=]'', a FanRemake
the intervention of ''VideoGame/SteelPanthers II'', includes a number of scenarios set in this. an international coalition. The majority are based on actual events in Iraq US and Afghanistan, allies launched a massive air campaign against ISIS, while the Iranians deployed thousands of soldiers to help Iraqi. As of the writing of this article, ISIS has been effectively defeated in conventional warfare, but there's a few hypothetical scenarios as well, they still maintain active insurgencies in many nations, including Iraq.

The Iraq War has
a campaign where Al-Quaeda tries to run operations controversial legacy, but its geopolitical ramifications for the region can be quite easily seen in the Netherlands Syrian Civil War. Moreover, the power vacuum the US has left has heightened the proxy war between the Iranians and the player has to root them out.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' fan game ''Super Mario World Dark Horizon'' has
Arabs, giving Iran a 'world' equivalent where Mario fights his way through the War on Terror singlehandedly. It's a mix of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (with both a nuclear weapons facility much needed ally in the former and an area involving region. It has also had the potential to start a fight new war, with Osama Bin Laden in Iraqi and Kurdish forces clashing over the latter), town of Kirkuk, and features Mario blowing Turkey eyeing up militants left and right guns a blazing (as well as them being affiliated with Hitler and ThoseWackyNazis). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0T9jMsVEcw a video of part of the level]]Iraqi Kurdistan.



[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Red:''' It's the entire point of the work'']]

See also PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie.

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[[folder:''Today'']]
The War on Terror is still ongoing, and it has thus far been the seminal conflict of the 21st century. It has expanded throughout the globe, with the revolution and low-intensity civil war in Libya, the civil war in Yemen, the insurgency in the Philippines, the insurgency in Egypt, and, of course, the Syrian Civil War all providing a hotbed of insurgent activity. It seems that the "war" is far from over, and that Islamic extremism continues to be seen as a compelling force for fighting the West in regions traditionally disaffected by Western imperialism.

Terror attacks occur annually in the West, and the political topography of the West is changing as a response. Western governments have taken on a decidedly more authoritarian bent than before, upping their surveillance and law enforcement measures at the cost of civil liberties. Right-wing politics is surging in the West largely as a response to Islamic extremism and the perceived failure of traditional left and moderately-right governments to do anything about it. Time will tell if this surge is permanent or not.

As for the Middle East, the wars generated by this conflict are ceaseless, but the nature of the conflict has changed dramatically. Many conflicts are now simply proxy wars for the various parties, with the Syrian Civil War largely being a US and Turkey vs. Russia and Iran proxy conflict and Yemen being an obvious Saudi Arabia vs. Iran proxy conflict.

It is unknown when, if ever, the War on Terror will end, but it remains controversial in nature.
[[/folder]]

!There are multiple levels:

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Red:''' '''Green''': It's not really there'']]

The situation isn't really mentioned at all. It's either not relevant (as in the SpeculativeFiction genre), or it's pretended it's not happening. This does not bar the show from making comments via metaphor though.

[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', the Twin Towers can be seen in the New York City skyline, even though it's 2012. Also, there doesn't appear to be strict airport security.


[[AC:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{DMZ}}'': Manhattan island is the titular DMZ because in this AlternateUniverse the US adopted a more aggressive, reckless, and far-reaching response to 9/11 than it ever did under UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Groaning under the weight of "three different wars on as many continents" which required the deplyoment of
the entire regular army and most of the national guard, large anti-government/secessionist militias sprang up... and the result was a second [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar American Civil War]] [[DividedStatesOfAmerica between the central government and the citizen-militias and guerillas of the 'Free States'.]]

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Franchise/StargateVerse''. They've got bigger problems to deal with, such as the [[AGodAmI Ori]] and the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Wraith]]. Occasionally a character will flashback to being in it though.
** ''Series/StargateSG1'':
*** In a RealitySubtext, there was a period during season seven when Samantha Carter temporarily changed weapons from the SGC's standard FN P90 to a kitbashed submachine gun dubbed the "Carter Special" in order to conserve P90 blanks. The show's armorer had run short because the factories had had to switch from making blanks for TV shows to making real bullets for fighting wars.
*** Cameron Mitchell has a SympatheticMurderBackstory where he bombed a refugee convoy which intel had thought was insurgents, with control telling him to hold fire seconds too late. It's not stated to be the Afghanistan War, but his age and the timing make it a reasonable assumption.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': John Sheppard, the only main character who has been part of the US Armed Forces, has several references in the story about his time as an Air Force pilot in Afghanistan (he hadn't been let in on TheMasquerade yet, which is why he was bothering with the less important conflict in the first place). In "The Runner", Sheppard asks for clarification when Caldwell mentions "Code Orange and above", suggesting that even a veteran of The War on Terror can be confused by the terror alert color system.
* The new ''Series/DoctorWho''. See ''Stargate''. Maybe less so, ''Doctor Who'' being British. The public, in general, doesn't care for the War on Terror and has reached a
point of indifference about it, unless a family member is involved, and would have more concern for the work'']]

See also PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie.
giant eye ready to incinerate the Earth, or a visit from the [[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]]. Spinoffs ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', having more limiting methods of TimeTravel, mention Iraq, but never higher than Alert Level Blue. ''Series/DoctorWho'', on the other hand, involves frequent use of time travel, on top of having had just nine out of 32 episodes substantially set on present-day Earth between 2009 and 2011 [[note]]"Planet of the Dead", "The End of Time" Parts One and Two, "The Eleventh Hour", "The Lodger", "The Big Bang", "The Impossible Astronaut", "Night Terrors" and "Closing Time", with a "2011" where every point in history happens at once in "The Wedding of River Song"[[/note]].
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' subverts the "Green" level, even lampshades it: Crichton's father mentions to John that it's a different world than the idealistic one they believed in when he left, what with the War on Terror going on. Crichton is obviously not impressed and is almost glad that's their biggest concern, in contrast with all the atrocities he's seen and felt "out there".
* ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', which began principal photography a few months after 9/11, uses the slogan "united we roar". It's a fairly likely reference to the slogan "united we stand", which became a popular symbol of solidarity after the attacks.



* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' takes place during the War on Terror, lampooning both sides of the American political spectrum for it.
* ''Film/FourLions'', a BlackComedy about four Jihadi suicide bombers.
* This is the story of ''Film/{{United 93}}'' and ''Film/{{Flight 93}}'', After the collision of two planes against the World Trade Center and one against the Pentagon, the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 decide to struggle against the four terrorists to take back the control of the airplane.
* ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'', about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
* ''Film/TigerCruise'', a 2005 Disney channel live-action movie about a military family event taking place on a US aircraft carrier during the attacks. [[PatrioticFervour Ends with the unfurling of a giant American flag on deck]]; needless to say, it's...[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement controversial]], and has fallen into obscurity nowadays.
* ''Literature/LoneSurvivor'', 2013 film about a SEAL team that attempts to capture a Taliban leader. The title makes it perfectly clear how many of them survive.
* ''Film/TheMessenger'' is about a casualty notification team during the war(s).
* ''Film/TheKingdom'', which is about a group of FBI agents investigating a terrorist attack on a softball game.
* ''Film/AmericanSniper'', all about Chris Kyle's numerous deployments to Iraq.
* ''Film/{{World Trade Center}}'', Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.
* ''Film/VantagePoint'', which is about a terrorist bombing at a political summit told from the perspectives of different characters.
* ''Film/OlympusHasFallen'' and its sequel ''Film/LondonHasFallen'', both of which involve a Secret Service agent against an entire army of terrorists.
* ''Film/CollateralDamage'' is about a Los Angeles firefighter who travels to Colombia to seek revenge on a terrorist who killed his family in a bombing. This movie was actually affected by the 9/11 attacks.
* ''Film/WhiteHouseDown'' is another DieHardOnAnX movie set in the White House about another Secret Service agent fighting against WesternTerrorists, though it's a more [[LighterAndSofter lighthearted]] work compared to others on this list.
* ''Film/InTheLoop'' is a satirical comedy film about the build up to the Iraq war, and the shady politics behind it. Curiously, it's never actually mentioned by name.
* ''Film/{{Traitor}}'' is an unflinching portrayal of how far both terrorists and counter-terrorists will go to achieve their ends, as FBI agents try to figure out the plans of Sudanese-born ArmsDealer-turned-terrorist Samir for another terror attack on US soil. [[BlackAndGreyMorality Nobody escapes with a clean conscience]] [[BlackAndBlackMorality by a longshot]].
* ''Film/ThirteenHoursTheSecretSoldiersOfBenghazi'' is about the terrorist attack on the American consulate at Benghazi, Libya that ended up with 4 dead Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Notable for being a very hot potato topic given that the film was released in the heat of the 2016 presidential election, with the Benghazi incident being one of the major points of contention.
* ''Film/PatriotsDay'' is based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, with Creator/MarkWahlberg playing a fictional police officer who sees the entire incident from beginning to end.

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* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' takes place during Just about completely ignored in ''Literature/TheTaqwacores'', to the War on Terror, lampooning both sides of point where it gets a lampshading, because despite what certain news channels would tell you it's really completely irrelevant to the American political spectrum for it.
Muslim's day-to-day life.

[[AC:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Film/FourLions'', ''Series/SesameStreet'' had a BlackComedy about four Jihadi suicide bombers.
* This is
grease fire and a trip to the story of ''Film/{{United 93}}'' firehouse in its first season premiere after 9/11.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}
and ''Film/{{Flight 93}}'', After his friends all deal with emotional responses to a fire at their school. The attacks are alluded to with the collision of two planes against episode title, "April 9th". Police cars and fire trucks show up at the World Trade Center and one against school.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Blue''': It gets cursory mentions'']]

The thing is there in
the Pentagon, background, it's acknowledged it's happening, it affects the passengers and crew plot somewhat, but ultimately doesn't directly affect the plot on a day to day basis.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/JackRyanShadowRecruit'', Ryan joins the Marines not too long after 9/11.
* Mentioned indirectly in ''Film/JurassicWorld'':
** Hoskins wonders how Owen Grady's raptors would have done better in Tora Bora. He is referring to the bombing
of the Tora Bora caves in December 2001 in Afghanistan in which the United Flight 93 decide to struggle against States dropped several bunker buster bombs on the four terrorists cave system believed to take back the control of the airplane.
* ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'', about the hunt for
be hiding Osama Bin Laden.
* ''Film/TigerCruise'', a 2005 Disney channel live-action movie about a military family event taking place on a US aircraft carrier during
Laden. Despite the attacks. [[PatrioticFervour Ends with amount of ordnance dropped, the unfurling coalition forces failed to kill/capture Osama Bin Laden.
** The ACU trooper beside Masrani states he served in Afghanistan before joining the ACU.

[[AC:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheJenniferMorgue'' mentions rather offhandedly that "Saddam's magical disappearing chemical weapons" were the result
of a giant American flag on deck]]; needless to say, it's...[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement controversial]], and has fallen into obscurity nowadays.
* ''Literature/LoneSurvivor'', 2013 film about a SEAL team that attempts to capture a Taliban leader. The title makes it perfectly clear how many of them survive.
* ''Film/TheMessenger'' is about a casualty notification team during the war(s).
* ''Film/TheKingdom'', which is about a group of FBI agents investigating a terrorist attack on a softball game.
* ''Film/AmericanSniper'', all about Chris Kyle's numerous deployments to Iraq.
* ''Film/{{World Trade Center}}'', Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble
faulty prediction of the World Trade Center.
* ''Film/VantagePoint'', which is about a terrorist bombing at a political summit told from the perspectives of different characters.
* ''Film/OlympusHasFallen'' and its sequel ''Film/LondonHasFallen'', both of which involve a Secret Service agent against an entire army of terrorists.
* ''Film/CollateralDamage'' is about a Los Angeles firefighter who travels to Colombia to seek revenge on a terrorist who killed his family in a bombing. This movie was actually affected
future by the 9/11 attacks.
* ''Film/WhiteHouseDown'' is another DieHardOnAnX movie set in the White House about another Secret Service agent fighting against WesternTerrorists, though it's a more [[LighterAndSofter lighthearted]] work compared to others on this list.
* ''Film/InTheLoop'' is a satirical comedy film about the build up to the Iraq war, and the shady politics behind it. Curiously, it's never actually mentioned by name.
* ''Film/{{Traitor}}'' is an unflinching portrayal of how far both terrorists and counter-terrorists will go to achieve their ends, as FBI agents try to figure out the plans of Sudanese-born ArmsDealer-turned-terrorist Samir for another terror attack on US soil. [[BlackAndGreyMorality Nobody escapes with a clean conscience]] [[BlackAndBlackMorality by a longshot]].
* ''Film/ThirteenHoursTheSecretSoldiersOfBenghazi'' is about the terrorist attack on the American consulate at Benghazi, Libya that ended up with 4 dead Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Notable for being a very hot potato topic given that the film was released in the heat of the 2016 presidential election, with the Benghazi incident being one of the major points of contention.
* ''Film/PatriotsDay'' is based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, with Creator/MarkWahlberg playing a fictional police officer who sees the entire incident from beginning to end.
Laundry's Predictive Branch.



* ''Series/TwentyFour'' is usually cited when people use the term "terror TV" and Islamist terrorists feature in six of the eight seasons thus, while the third season has a BigBad annoyed over US foreign policy. However, the first season was conceived pre-9/11 and has the Kosovo War as its {{backstory}} (the S3 big bad is partly motivated by the fact he was left to be captured there). Season 2's second part involving "three Middle Eastern countries" now appears to be a rather heavy-handed, slightly inaccurate, but pretty prescient metaphor on what was then the approaching Iraq War (the BombersOnTheScreen use is great, though).
* ''The Grid'' was a MiniSeries on an Islamist plot to explode a gas tanker near Chicago.
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}'' is about a returned POW from the Iraqi War whom a CIA agent fears has been turned by an Islamist terrorist group.
* ''Series/{{Quantico}}'''s present-day storyline deals with a bombing of Grand Central Terminal in New York, openly described as "the worst terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11". Among other things it calls out the racism against Arabs and Central Asians that has cropped up since 9/11, with the half-Indian protagonist Alex Parrish, who was framed for the bombing, calling it the same old story: "They blame the brown girl."
* ''Series/{{Six}}'' is a RippedFromTheHeadlines military drama about a group of Nigerian schoolgirls who are kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group and a former Navy SEAL who is taken along with them, while the U.S. Navy and members of his old SEAL team try to rescue them.
* ''Series/{{Valor}}'' centers around a failed U.S. special forces mission to Somalia which ends with two U.S. Army soldiers captured by a local Somali jihadist group who are planning to hand them over to ISIS. The plot is divided between the stateside efforts to rescue them and the [=POWs'=] struggles to survive.

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' ''Series/{{Alias}}'' is usually cited when the prime example of this. While the increased world tensions are mentioned, people use get threatened with the term "terror TV" Patriot Act and Islamist there's one trip to Afghanistan, the rest of the series is chock full of non-Islamist terrorists feature and there is never a direct "Al-Qaeda" plot during the entire show. A notable incident is a case in six Series Two, where Sydney, as part of a disguise, is wearing a heavily metal-studded shirt. Her comment: "When I last went through JFK, they literally made me take off my shirt". [[MsFanservice Guess what ends up happening...]]
* Comedies like ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' like to dig joke material out of it, but that's as far as it goes.
** ''Series/{{Community}}'': 9/11 was pretty much the 9/11
of the eight seasons thus, while the third season has a BigBad annoyed over US foreign policy. However, the first season was conceived pre-9/11 and falafel business.
* ''Series/CSINewYork''
has the Kosovo War as its {{backstory}} (the S3 big bad is partly motivated by main character's wife dead in 9/11, and it gets painfully reminded [[ViewersAreGoldfish every other episode]] like it was some new (to be fair, to the fact he was left to be captured there). Season 2's second part irregular watchers, it is new... until they stop being irregulars) heartbreaking thing that ''didn't happen soon-to-be over 10 years ago''. Milked for all it's got, but that's usually as far as it goes, except rare random terrorist involving "three Middle Eastern countries" now appears plots.
* The War on Terror has tangential effects in ''Series/TheWire''. Mainly, the local Baltimore police discover that drug trafficking has fallen off the FBI's priority list and they can't get Bureau assistance in their anti-drug cases anymore. (Although in Season 3 sympathetic Agent Fitzhugh hooks them up with an expedited wiretap by [[spoiler:registering "Stringer" Bell as a homeland security threat named "Ahmed"]].)
** They do manage
to be crack one case with the help of equipment granted to the Baltimore PD by a rather heavy-handed, slightly inaccurate, but pretty prescient metaphor on Homeland Security grant. Hilariously, none of the cops knew what it was then or how to use it, so it was buried on a back shelf for years.
** There's also one seen in
the approaching Iraq War (the BombersOnTheScreen use is great, though).
* ''The Grid'' was
Western District squad room where a MiniSeries on an Islamist plot to explode a gas tanker near Chicago.
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}'' is about a returned POW from the Iraqi War whom a CIA
federal agent fears has been turned by an Islamist is trying to train the police officers in how to deal with terrorist group.
* ''Series/{{Quantico}}'''s present-day storyline deals with a bombing of Grand Central Terminal in New York, openly described as "the worst terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11". Among other things it calls out
threats only to have the racism against Arabs and Central Asians police officers crack jokes about how Baltimore is already a war zone or how the city's drug gangs would scare off any potential terrorists.
** There's also the fact
that due to all of the FBI's resources being aimed toward terrorism, a lot of cases where the Baltimore Police would get additional help and resources from the Feds now has cropped up since 9/11, to be handled by the local cops alone. Considering the apathy, incompetence, and lack of resources the Baltimore cops are plagued with, this makes life a lot harder for anyone trying to do something about the big cases.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' often mentions how traditional tactics used by crooks have had to change in a post 9/11 world.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has an episode featuring an Iraq veteran
with the half-Indian protagonist Alex Parrish, entire hospital siding in heated debates. Another episode has J.D. becoming a makeshift US flag due to a shortage of them in wartime.
* Dr Watson from ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' is, [[SettingUpdate as in the original]], a veteran who fought in Afghanistan. We see him having a flashback to it in the beginning of the "[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink A Study in Pink]]" episode and, as in the original, Sherlock comments upon it when they first meet, but that's about it.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'': The Feds lose interest in TheMafia after 9/11. It comes up a few times, notably in the final season when Chris debates whether to sell guns to two Arab men and Tony tries to offer information (violating his Omerta) on terrorists.
* David Kelley's shows mention it from time to time. Series/AllyMcBeal's therapist mentioned that after 9/11, casual sex has become more common because people just felt like they needed some connection they could turn to during that trying time and [[Series/BostonLegal Alan Shore]] dealt with the ramifications of the war on terror frequently, even butting heads occasionally with the extremely conservative Denny Crane.
* Dean and Sam in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' pretend to be [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E04PhantomTraveller Homeland Security]] agents. In addition, [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne Jake]] was fighting in Afghanistan before he woke up in Cold, Oak. Amelia was married to a man name [[Recap/SupernaturalS08E09CitizenFang Don Richardson]],
who was framed thought to have been killed while in service in Afghanistan.
* In the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "[[Recap/FarscapeS04E13TerraFirma Terra Firma]]", Crichton's dad blames 9/11
for ruining the bombing, calling it the same old story: "They blame the brown girl."
* ''Series/{{Six}}'' is a RippedFromTheHeadlines military drama
optimism he once felt about a group of Nigerian schoolgirls who are kidnapped by humanity and for why the Boko Haram terrorist group and a former Navy SEAL who world is taken along with them, while so suspicious of Crichton's alien friends. (''Farscape'' premiered in March 1999, the U.S. Navy and members of his old SEAL team try to rescue them.
* ''Series/{{Valor}}'' centers around a failed U.S. special forces mission to Somalia which ends with two U.S. Army soldiers captured by a local Somali jihadist group who are planning to hand them over to ISIS. The plot is divided between the stateside efforts to rescue them and the [=POWs'=] struggles to survive.
episode aired in January 2003.)



* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdAzXbGE2Xk "In the Name of God"]] is a general TakeThat to religiously motivated terrorism.

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* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s The second stanza of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdAzXbGE2Xk "In com/watch?v=Y4XTi1soIAo "Sith Lords"]] by Raleigh, NC {{nerdcore}} outfit Music/SithClan references Darth Kaedus having served in Afghanistan.

[[AC:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' gave plenty of {{Take That}}s against
the Name Bush administration and their foreign policy, and revealed that Jazmine's [[ComicBookTime two-year]] [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome absence]] was due to [[{{Hikikomori}} hiding in her house out of God"]] is a general TakeThat to religiously motivated terrorism.
fear of terrorism]].



* ''VideoGame/FullSpectrumWarrior'''s universe has a fictional continuation of it taking place in {{Qurac}} after Iraq and Afghanistan. The parallels are very obvious too.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' is a three-way war involving the USA (after a SCUD missile was shot down over the Atlantic), the rebel-manipulating GLA and an expansionist China. What's interesting is that the real war was still more or less only on-paper when the game came out.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' is more or less a fictional, slightly-future counterpart to the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions, though with some noticeable changes such as the Saddam/bin Laden analogue having access to a nuke with which he kills 30,000 American soldiers - not to mention that he gets caught the day after that, and ultranationalist Russians also playing a quickly-growing part in what happens afterwards.
* The 2010 version of ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' basically thrusts you into it, specifically [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anaconda Operation Anaconda]] in early 2002.
* VideoGame/TargetTerror, which has received SoBadItsGood [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity infamy]] by making a goofy terrorist shooter directly riding off of the War on Terror, at a time where almost everybody else was hesitant to make any references to it at all.
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' deals heavily with themes of American Interventionism in the Middle East and the lionization of the conflicts in that section of the world, alongside the effects it has had on the soldiers fighting it. [[spoiler: By the end it is a pretty damning condemnation of these types of themes, as nothing was saved, everyone dies or will die soon for nothing, and the main character went on a ProtagonistJourneyToVillain due to a self-aggrandizing power fantasy that he fell into head over heels due to a need to be "the hero."]]

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* ''VideoGame/FullSpectrumWarrior'''s universe has a fictional continuation of it taking place in {{Qurac}} after Iraq and Afghanistan. The parallels are very obvious too.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' is a three-way war involving the USA (after a SCUD missile
''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar''[='=]s tagline was shot down over the Atlantic), the rebel-manipulating GLA and an expansionist China. What's interesting is that the real war was still more or less only on-paper when the game came out.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' is more or less a fictional, slightly-future counterpart to the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions, though with some noticeable changes such as the Saddam/bin Laden analogue having access to a nuke with which he kills 30,000 American soldiers - not to mention that he gets caught the day after
"The Future War on Terror". Other than that, and ultranationalist Russians also playing a quickly-growing part in what happens afterwards.
* The 2010 version of ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' basically thrusts you into it, specifically [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anaconda Operation Anaconda]] in early 2002.
* VideoGame/TargetTerror, which
it has received SoBadItsGood [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity infamy]] by making a goofy terrorist shooter directly riding off of next to nothing to do with the actual War on Terror, at a time where almost everybody else was hesitant to make any references to it at all.
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' deals heavily with themes of American Interventionism
being set some 70 years in the Middle East and future.

[[AC:Web Comics]]
* [[http://plusev.keenspot.com/d/20061027.html See how Phil Ivey helps to win
the lionization of the conflicts war on terror]] in that section of the world, alongside the effects it has had on the soldiers fighting it. [[spoiler: By the end it is a pretty damning condemnation of these types of themes, as nothing was saved, everyone dies or will die soon for nothing, and the main character went on a ProtagonistJourneyToVillain due to a self-aggrandizing power fantasy that he fell into head over heels due to a need to be "the hero."]]
''Webcomic/PlusEV''!



* Were it not for 9/11 and the War on Terror (and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' getting [[ScrewedByTheNetwork canceled]] [[WhatAnIdiot for the third time]]), we wouldn't have ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. Nowadays, the show is somewhere between Blue and Orange...
** "Which means something might go down somewhere in some way in some point in time, '''SO LOOK SHARP!'''"
** An additional bit of FridgeHorror: Creator/SethMacFarlane was almost a victim of the attacks himself. He was scheduled to board American Airlines Flight 11 and was saved by both a hangover and incorrect info from his travel agent that caused him to be late to the airport. To which he makes ''several'' 9/11 jokes. There was even a joke about UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden smuggling WeaponsOfMassDestruction on ''Family Guy'' [[FunnyAneurysmMoment around a year before 9/11 even happened]]!

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* Were it not for 9/11 ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "A Date with the Health Inspector" made one hell of an allusion to the Iraq War in the form of a convenience store robbery. Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy ({{White Gang Banger|s}} [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed takes on George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld]]) take some beer called "Black Gold", and when the [[AsianStoreOwner Arab store clerk]] (UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein) tries to charge them, they accuse him of having a gun (WeaponsOfMassDestruction). A cop named Frank (UsefulNotes/{{France}}) shows up, and Ed III levels a gun to him, shouting "[[WithUsOrAgainstUs Whose side you on?!]]" The clerk's coworkers fight back, leading to a two-hour shootout with more allusions to the events around the War on Terror (and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' getting [[ScrewedByTheNetwork canceled]] [[WhatAnIdiot for than can be listed here. It ends with the third time]]), we wouldn't have ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. Nowadays, the show is somewhere between Blue Arab store owners arrested and Orange...
** "Which means something might go down somewhere in some way in some point in time, '''SO LOOK SHARP!'''"
** An additional bit of FridgeHorror: Creator/SethMacFarlane was almost a victim of the attacks himself. He was scheduled to board American Airlines Flight 11
[[KarmaHoudini Ed III and was saved by both a hangover and incorrect info from his travel agent that caused him to be late to the airport. To which he makes ''several'' 9/11 jokes. There was even a joke about UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden smuggling WeaponsOfMassDestruction on ''Family Guy'' [[FunnyAneurysmMoment around a year before 9/11 even happened]]!Rummy hailed as heroes]].



! The full-scale conflicts

[[folder:Afghanistan]]

Quite a few TV and film examples, including a number of Afghan ones, the only one to break out so far is 2013's ''Film/LoneSurvivor'', which is notable for taking a highly patriotic view of war. ''Film/LionsForLambs'' went down badly with critics and the public alike, as well being criticized for the title being an apparent misquote of the UsefulNotes/WorldWarI expression "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lions_led_by_donkeys lions led by donkeys]]". ''Studio 60'' featured Tom's brother being kidnapped in Afghanistan in its closing five-parter, then ended in FairyTale style.

An ''Afghanistan D20'' role-playing board game has been published, doing a fairly serious job with describing the early stages of the post-9/11 war in Afghanistan. Times have changed however, and today (this is written in Kabul in the autumn of 2008) the war looks quite different.

"The Road to Guantanamo" is a 2006 docu-drama about the detention in Guantanamo of three British men picked up in Afghanistan in 2001. It won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature, and the Silver Bear for Best Director at 2006 Berlin Film Festival. Contains archive news footage from the period, and recounts the men's experiences from their travels into Afghanistan to their capture and imprisonment.

And then there's the new ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' video game that has you as both a soldier and a Tier 1 Operator fighting in Afghanistan. It semi-accurately depicts the war, centering on a fictionalized version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anaconda Operation Anaconda]], with, [[AmericaSavesTheDay in true]] ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' fashion, everyone who isn't American (Or in this case, Afghan) conveniently excised.

[[AC:Literature]]
* ''Literature/OutlawPlatoon'', a non-fiction account of a young officer's sixteen-month deployment to Afghanistan.

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! The full-scale conflicts

[[folder:Afghanistan]]

Quite
[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Yellow''': It turns up in a few TV and film examples, including a number of Afghan ones, the only plots'']]

A common
one to break out so far is 2013's ''Film/LoneSurvivor'', which is notable for taking a highly patriotic view of war. ''Film/LionsForLambs'' went down badly with critics and the public alike, as well being criticized for the title being an apparent misquote CopShow that otherwise has to deal with its third SerialKiller of the UsefulNotes/WorldWarI expression "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lions_led_by_donkeys lions led by donkeys]]". ''Studio 60'' featured Tom's brother being kidnapped season. This includes attacks on veterans, possible involvement of someone in Islamist terrorism and asylum seekers.

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* Frank Castle in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' once has to deal with a situation
in Afghanistan (though it's with Russians) and occasionally calls in its closing five-parter, then favors to hitch a ride on a CIA flight (no questions asked, but avoid being allergic to Pakistani prisoners).
* Comicbook/TheBoys is an AlternateHistory where a superpowered attempt to prevent 9/11
ended in FairyTale style.

An ''Afghanistan D20'' role-playing board game has been published, doing a fairly serious job with describing
up sending the early stages of planes into the post-9/11 war in Afghanistan. Times have changed however, and today (this Brooklyn Bridge. The main character is written in Kabul in the autumn of 2008) the war looks quite different.

"The Road
shocked to Guantanamo" is a 2006 docu-drama about the detention in Guantanamo of three British men picked up in Afghanistan in 2001. It won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature, learn this, and the Silver Bear for Best Director at 2006 Berlin Film Festival. Contains archive news footage from the period, and recounts the men's experiences from their travels into Afghanistan to their capture and imprisonment.

And then there's the new ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' video game
fact that has you as both a soldier and a Tier 1 Operator fighting in Afghanistan. It semi-accurately depicts the war, centering on intended target was the World Trade Center.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse examples:
** ''Film/IronMan1'': Tony Stark is injured by terrorists while showcasing
a fictionalized version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anaconda Operation Anaconda]], with, [[AmericaSavesTheDay M.I.R.V. to NATO brass in true]] ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' fashion, everyone who isn't American (Or Afghanistan.
** ''Film/IronMan3'': The aforementioned terrorists [[spoiler: possibly]] make a return appearance
in this case, Afghan) conveniently excised.

[[AC:Literature]]
* ''Literature/OutlawPlatoon'', a non-fiction account of a young officer's sixteen-month deployment
film.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': This is the [[{{BlatantLies}} "official" reason]] for Project Insight. [[spoiler:The actual reason is it's the final step in ComicBook/{{HYDRA}}'s decades-long plan
to Afghanistan.
TakeOverTheWorld.]]



* ''Series/BombPatrolAfghanistan'': A US Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit sweeps the roads of bombs in Afghanistan at least once an episode.

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* ''Series/BombPatrolAfghanistan'': A US Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit sweeps ''Series/WithoutATrace'' is an example here. In one case, an Iraq veteran went missing, some of the roads team headed to Iraq[!]... then it turned out the guy was killed while doing an armed robbery and the war was nothing to do with it whatsoever. Also had a guy mistakenly shot dead because they thought he was a terrorist by virtue of bombs the books in his library and the fact he looked like he had a gun.
* ''Series/TheBill'' is in this category. It's an interesting example. Despite being set in an area with a considerable number of Muslims, it has not yet done a straight Islamist terrorism story ("Moving Target" was a vendetta over Iraq artefacts).
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' has seen a couple of episodes come and go with both attacks on veterans and a (white) Islamic extremist murdering a women's rights activist.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has had several plots featuring Islamist terrorists, most notably Ari's attempt to use a target drone as a cruise missile to attack a crowd at a crew homecoming. When that plot failed [[spoiler: he killed Kate Todd]]. Later seasons have introduced more elements which connect to the Islamist terrorism, [[spoiler: and the ending of season 6 very strongly suggests it will be a major part of stories in season seven.]]
* Series/TheWestWing falls into this catagory due to the infrequent, but heavy-hitting episodes involving Islamic extremists and [[{{Qurac}} Qumar]]
* In ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'', Colby is an Afghanistan veteran, and there are a few terror-related episodes, but most of the episodes are close-to-home.
* In ''Series/TheAmazingMrsPritchard'', a plane comes down and extremists are suspected.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' has both major and minor references to the war on terror. At first glance, the war only seems to get a passing, satirical treatment. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that the War on Terror is a central element in this show and that it is actually behind the premise of the series. Such references run the gamut from Maeby offhandedly mentioning that school let out early because an Arabic student parked too close to the gym to [[spoiler:Michael, Gob, and Buster actually going to Iraq to clear their father's name after he supposedly built houses for the Hussein regime]].
* ''Series/BlueBloods'' has several mentions: Frank and Henry were WTC first responders, along with many other cops, and Danny fought in Fallujah. In Season One, the NYPD's Intelligence Division has infiltrated a splinter cell and prevents a major terrorist attack.
* Series 8 of ''Series/DoctorWho'' uses the War
in Afghanistan as a large part of Danny Pink's story arc.
* In ''Series/GoldenBoy'', Don Owen's ThatOneCase is a murder he was investigating the morning of 9/11 that went cold while NYPD was responding to the attacks. The last episode has a {{flashback}} to it: Owen is right under the path of United Airlines Flight 175 as it heads for the South Tower.
* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'':
** Frank Castle was part of an unsanctioned CIA black ops unit that was committing war crimes during the war in Afghanistan.
** In the second episode, we have a scene where Dinah Madani and Sam Stein converse about the War on Terror and its affect on people of Middle-Eastern descent, like Dinah herself. Even more importantly, they're having this conversation while walking around the reflecting pools
at least once an episode. the 9/11 Memorial.
[[AC:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'': A few plots, such as “Anarchy in the Ether” from Tales from the Ether, are about the struggle against 19th century terrorists, mostly anarchists and Fenians. Late 19th century is sometimes considered the birth of revolutionary terrorism. Some of its methods, theories and ideologies come from this time: such as Bakunin’s ideas about “propaganda of the deed”. So it is sort of a prequel to the modern war on terrorism.

[[AC:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', the war [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted apparently still happened.]] Furthermore, [[spoiler: TheManBehindTheMan's plan is to restart it and drag Pakistan in this time.]]
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' plays with this trope, with a senator more-or-less declaring a War on Urban Terror and establishing a special military unit to deal with escalating gang violence.

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', being [[RippedFromTheHeadlines the topical show it is]], has done plenty of episodes on the war:
** The first, ''[[Recap/SouthParkS5E9OsamaBinLadenHasFartyPants Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants "Osama Bin Laden has Farty Pants"]]'', [[RippedFromTheHeadlines aired less than a month after 9/11]]. It exaggerated post 9/11 paranoia with everyone wearing gas masks, security checkpoints every ten minutes, and people camped out in their living room, utterly catatonic from all that's going on in the news. It also shows the negative effects of the war Afghan innocents, who are also shown to have stronger morals and values than most Americans. The climax had Cartman [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kill]] UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden WesternAnimation/BugsBunny [[KarmicTrickster style]]. (actually, a soldier delivered the final shot)
** The later episode "I'm a Little Bit Country..." sees the town divided between those who support the war and those against it. Cartman, to ease his way out of a school assignment on the FoundingFathers, [[InvokedTrope tries to]] {{flashback}} to 1776, and learns there was a divide between pro-war and anti-war sentiments then as well. Creator/BenjaminFranklin decides that the two opposing opinions both help America by giving it a MartialPacifist appearance; those against war show that America strives for peace, while those for it show America is willing to be strong and fight if need be. (Though being the show it is, they refer to it as "saying one thing and doing another" and "having your cake and eating it too".)
** "The Mystery of the Urinal Deuce" tackles the subject of 9/11 being a GovernmentConspiracy. As it turns out, 9/11 conspiracies are conspiracies in themselves, as "a bunch of pissed-off Muslims" crippling America the way it did doesn't reflect well on [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Ol' Dubya]].



[[folder:Iraq]]

Outside of Iraq itself, movies and TV (there's a few novels out there and a number of computer game mods on the conflict, the latter of which raises the moral issue of playing games involving an ongoing war) that directly deals with the conflict and is actually set in Iraq is few and far between. The first attempt at a TV series in the US, ''Over There'', was critically acclaimed, but ultimately cancelled (some speculate it was cancelled for "political reasons"). In contrast, the 2008 HBO miniseries ''Literature/GenerationKill'' is based on the 2004 book of the same name about an embedded reporter's experience with his unit of Marines and has at least one character played by his real-life counterpart (Sgt. Rudy Reyes as himself).

All the movies are pretty obscure and have effectively flopped at the box office, with some commentators arguing that "war movie fatigue" on the part of the public was responsible. On the other hand, some have argued that "''anti''-war movie fatigue" is responsible.

One exception would be ''Film/TheHurtLocker'', which won an Oscar for Best Picture. However, it should be noted that it is also the lowest grossing film to win that award. Then, in 2014, ''Film/AmericanSniper'' was released to both massive critical and financial success, and was nominated for half a dozen Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor. It wound up winning the Best Sound Editing award.

A good past example that may serve as a guide for the future (due to general perception, accurate or not, on the Iraq War) is UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. It took four years after the fall of Saigon for the first widely-known (''Go Tell The Spartans'' isn't that well known) period and area set film to come out and that, ''Apocalypse Now'', is also ''Heart of Darkness'' in Vietnam. ''Full Metal Jacket'' wasn't until 1986. On the other hand, during previous American conflicts films were produced expressing a pro-war position (if not quite actual propaganda). During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Hollywood was essentially co-opted by the US war department to produce pro-war films and cartoons (although every country did the same thing, except, ironically, Germany, which mainly produced period films). During the Vietnam War films in support of the war like ''The Green Berets'' (with John Wayne) were made, and the vast majority of 80s action films were supportive of the Reagan administration's foreign policy. In contrast, the War on Terror hasn't produced many films or TV shows that expressly support it (with the possible exception of a PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie or two).

Appears as {{backstory}} quite a bit, especially in ''Series/BrothersAndSisters'', where BlondeRepublicanSexKitten Kitty, trying to prevent her brother going to Iraq, tries to bribe the Senator she later gets engaged to and performs on an on-camera volte-face. One can't help feel someone's going StrawmanPolitical on this one (supporting a war until it directly affects you). Justin eventually goes of his own free will anyway and is seriously wounded there.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/HomeOfTheBrave'', about four [[HomeGuard National Guardsmen]] who deal with various hardships after returning home from the war in Iraq.

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[[folder:Iraq]]

Outside of Iraq itself, movies and TV (there's
[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Orange''': It turns up a few novels out lot'']]

Islamist terrorists turn up a lot, but
there are other people as well.

[[AC:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/MarijuanaSimpson''. Lisa identifies 9/11 as the beginning of the Simpsons' woes,
and a number of computer game mods on Bart is drafted to fight in the conflict, the latter of which raises the moral issue of playing games involving an ongoing war) that directly deals with the Iraq War (a conflict and is actually set in Iraq is few and far between. The first attempt at a TV series in the US, ''Over There'', was critically acclaimed, but ultimately cancelled (some speculate it was cancelled for "political reasons"). In contrast, the 2008 HBO miniseries ''Literature/GenerationKill'' is based on the 2004 book of the same name about an embedded reporter's experience with his unit of Marines and has at least one character played by his real-life counterpart (Sgt. Rudy Reyes as himself).

All the movies are pretty obscure and have effectively flopped at the box office, with some commentators arguing that "war movie fatigue" on the part of the public was responsible. On the other hand, some have argued that "''anti''-war movie fatigue" is responsible.

One exception would be ''Film/TheHurtLocker'',
which won an Oscar for Best Picture. However, it should be noted that it is also the lowest grossing film to win that award. Then, in 2014, ''Film/AmericanSniper'' was released to both massive critical and financial success, and was nominated for half a dozen Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor. It wound up winning the Best Sound Editing award.

A good past example that may serve as a guide for the future (due to general perception, accurate or not, on the Iraq War) is UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. It took four years after the fall of Saigon for the first widely-known (''Go Tell The Spartans'' isn't that well known) period and area set film to come out and that, ''Apocalypse Now'', is also ''Heart of Darkness'' in Vietnam. ''Full Metal Jacket'' wasn't until 1986. On the other hand, during previous American conflicts films were produced expressing a pro-war position (if not quite actual propaganda). During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Hollywood was essentially co-opted by the US war department to produce pro-war films and cartoons (although every country did the same thing, except, ironically, Germany, which mainly produced period films). During the Vietnam War films in support of the war like ''The Green Berets'' (with John Wayne) were made, and the vast majority of 80s action films were supportive of the Reagan administration's foreign policy. In contrast, the War on Terror hasn't produced many films or TV shows that expressly support it (with the possible exception of a PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie or two).

Appears as {{backstory}} quite a bit, especially in ''Series/BrothersAndSisters'', where BlondeRepublicanSexKitten Kitty, trying to prevent her brother going to Iraq, tries to bribe the Senator she later gets engaged to and performs on an on-camera volte-face. One can't help feel someone's going StrawmanPolitical on this one (supporting a war until it directly affects you). Justin
Homer eventually goes of his own free will anyway and is seriously wounded there.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/HomeOfTheBrave'', about four [[HomeGuard National Guardsmen]] who deal with various hardships
ends after returning home from the war in Iraq.
smoking with George W. Bush).



* In ''Series/TheUnit'', Jonas Blaine's daughter Betsy is kidnapped while serving in Iraq.

[[AC:Music]]
* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayjVxUC2qDE "Panzer Battalion"]], [[NonIndicativeName despite the name]], is about the US invasion of Iraq (the "panzers" are American M1 Abrams tanks).

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* In ''Series/TheUnit'', Jonas Blaine's daughter Betsy is kidnapped ''{{Spooks}}'' (''[[{{MarketBasedTitle}} MI-5]]''), the first example of "terror TV"- a series explicitly set post-9/11.
* ''Series/{{Rubicon}}''
* Later seasons of ''Series/{{JAG}}'' had the War on Terror taking a central role in the story arcs. Very justified, as the show centers around career military officers. Notably, the show made a point of depicting at least a few of the Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters as being NotSoDifferent, with Bud managing to gain vital information from a prisoner
while serving they bonded over a common interest in Iraq.

[[AC:Music]]
''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' has the events of 9/11 as the explicit inciting incident for the creation of the Machine, which drives the plot of the series, and several major characters have backstories relating to the War on Terror as well as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. More generally, the series is a pretty good representation of the technologic, post-9/11 surveillance state.
* A recurring element in ''Series/MadamSecretary'', a GovernmentProcedural set in the US State Department with the Secretary of State as its protagonist.
** The second episode, "Another Benghazi", has Liz dealing with nasty demonstrations against the US embassy in Yemen, as well as some PrivateMilitaryContractors whom she hires for added security after the Senate won't spring for Special Forces.
** "Collateral Damage" has Liz host the new Iraqi prime minister, then break up a sectarian political fight between Sunni and Shi'a members of the government by threatening to pull support altogether and back the Kurds for statehood. Also deals with the US use of torture during the 2000s.
** "Catch and Release" has an [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed American-born ISIS propaganda hero dubbed "Jihadi Judd"]] as the MonsterOfTheWeek. Also, Liz's brother is a Doctors Without Borders surgeon working in refugee camps around Syria.
* ''Series/TheBrave'' begins with a mission to rescue a Doctors Without Borders volunteer from the al-Nusra Front in Syria. Anti-terrorist missions are a core of the show, but several plotlines occur that have nothing to do with terrorism (mostly involving [[MakeTheBearAngryAgain Russia]]).
* ''Series/SEALTeam'' is [[DuelingWorks very similar to the above]], having many plotlines related to anti-terrorist efforts, but a good chunk of the missions in the show deal with other non-state outlaws such as [[TheMafiya the Eastern mafia]] and [[RuthlessModernPirates piracy.]]

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo'' is mostly you vs. Al-Qaeda. However [[spoiler: You also get to fight the Chinese military and SSC.]]
* Though ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' encompasses a far greater scope than just the War On Terror, the initial part of the game involves fighting an Al-Qaeda {{Expy}} named Al-Samaad who [[spoiler: were supplied missiles by a US weapons contractor to touch off tensions allowing them to sell more weapons to everyone.]] Later on in the game, exploiting fears of terrorism is the entire point behind [[spoiler: Conrad Marbug's plan in Rome to bomb the city.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Postal}} 2'': Paradise, Arizona has an absurd number of Islamic terrorists living or at least operating in and around the town (to the point that the "Tora Bora" complex can be reached from an underground sewer complex within the city limits), but beyond them taking over the church on Tuesday and the National Guard taking out one of their training camps in the expansion, they're [[AcceptableTargets just another group of people for you to kill with reckless abandon]].
* ''[=WinSP:MBT=]'', a FanRemake of ''VideoGame/SteelPanthers II'', includes a number of scenarios set in this. The majority are based on actual events in Iraq and Afghanistan, but there's a few hypothetical scenarios as well, including a campaign where Al-Quaeda tries to run operations in the Netherlands and the player has to root them out.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' fan game ''Super Mario World Dark Horizon'' has a 'world' equivalent where Mario fights his way through the War on Terror singlehandedly. It's a mix of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (with both a nuclear weapons facility in the former and an area involving a fight with Osama Bin Laden in the latter), and features Mario blowing up militants left and right guns a blazing (as well as them being affiliated with Hitler and ThoseWackyNazis).
[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayjVxUC2qDE "Panzer Battalion"]], [[NonIndicativeName despite com/watch?v=Z0T9jMsVEcw a video of part of the name]], is about the US invasion of Iraq (the "panzers" are American M1 Abrams tanks).
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[[folder:Iran]]

Strictly speaking, Iran is actually a separate issue from the true "war on terror" -- Iranians largely aren't Arabs but Persians, they don't speak Arabic but Farsi, and they're Shias not Sunni -- they're lumped in these days because of two main reasons. One: the apparent threat, real or otherwise, of the regime in Tehran. Two: they're seen as AmbiguouslyBrown and live in the same general direction (exactly between Afghanistan and Iraq, in fact): which is enough for [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement certain startlingly poorly educated people]] in high positions to overlook the differences.

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[[folder:Iran]]

Strictly speaking, Iran is actually a separate issue from
[[folder:''Terror Alert Level '''Red:''' It's the true "war entire point of the work'']]

See also PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' takes place during the War
on terror" -- Iranians largely aren't Arabs but Persians, they don't speak Arabic but Farsi, Terror, lampooning both sides of the American political spectrum for it.
* ''Film/FourLions'', a BlackComedy about four Jihadi suicide bombers.
* This is the story of ''Film/{{United 93}}''
and they're Shias not Sunni -- they're lumped in these days because ''Film/{{Flight 93}}'', After the collision of two main reasons. One: planes against the apparent threat, real or otherwise, World Trade Center and one against the Pentagon, the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 decide to struggle against the four terrorists to take back the control of the regime in Tehran. Two: they're seen as AmbiguouslyBrown and live in airplane.
* ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'', about
the same general direction (exactly between Afghanistan and Iraq, in fact): which is enough hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
* ''Film/TigerCruise'', a 2005 Disney channel live-action movie about a military family event taking place on a US aircraft carrier during the attacks. [[PatrioticFervour Ends with the unfurling of a giant American flag on deck]]; needless to say, it's...
[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement certain startlingly poorly educated people]] in high positions controversial]], and has fallen into obscurity nowadays.
* ''Literature/LoneSurvivor'', 2013 film about a SEAL team that attempts
to overlook capture a Taliban leader. The title makes it perfectly clear how many of them survive.
* ''Film/TheMessenger'' is about a casualty notification team during
the differences.war(s).
* ''Film/TheKingdom'', which is about a group of FBI agents investigating a terrorist attack on a softball game.
* ''Film/AmericanSniper'', all about Chris Kyle's numerous deployments to Iraq.
* ''Film/{{World Trade Center}}'', Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.
* ''Film/VantagePoint'', which is about a terrorist bombing at a political summit told from the perspectives of different characters.
* ''Film/OlympusHasFallen'' and its sequel ''Film/LondonHasFallen'', both of which involve a Secret Service agent against an entire army of terrorists.
* ''Film/CollateralDamage'' is about a Los Angeles firefighter who travels to Colombia to seek revenge on a terrorist who killed his family in a bombing. This movie was actually affected by the 9/11 attacks.
* ''Film/WhiteHouseDown'' is another DieHardOnAnX movie set in the White House about another Secret Service agent fighting against WesternTerrorists, though it's a more [[LighterAndSofter lighthearted]] work compared to others on this list.
* ''Film/InTheLoop'' is a satirical comedy film about the build up to the Iraq war, and the shady politics behind it. Curiously, it's never actually mentioned by name.
* ''Film/{{Traitor}}'' is an unflinching portrayal of how far both terrorists and counter-terrorists will go to achieve their ends, as FBI agents try to figure out the plans of Sudanese-born ArmsDealer-turned-terrorist Samir for another terror attack on US soil. [[BlackAndGreyMorality Nobody escapes with a clean conscience]] [[BlackAndBlackMorality by a longshot]].
* ''Film/ThirteenHoursTheSecretSoldiersOfBenghazi'' is about the terrorist attack on the American consulate at Benghazi, Libya that ended up with 4 dead Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Notable for being a very hot potato topic given that the film was released in the heat of the 2016 presidential election, with the Benghazi incident being one of the major points of contention.
* ''Film/PatriotsDay'' is based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, with Creator/MarkWahlberg playing a fictional police officer who sees the entire incident from beginning to end.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' is usually cited when people use the term "terror TV" and Islamist terrorists feature in six of the eight seasons thus, while the third season has a BigBad annoyed over US foreign policy. However, the first season was conceived pre-9/11 and has the Kosovo War as its {{backstory}} (the S3 big bad is partly motivated by the fact he was left to be captured there). Season 2's second part involving "three Middle Eastern countries" now appears to be a rather heavy-handed, slightly inaccurate, but pretty prescient metaphor on what was then the approaching Iraq War (the BombersOnTheScreen use is great, though).
* ''The Grid'' was a MiniSeries on an Islamist plot to explode a gas tanker near Chicago.
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}'' is about a returned POW from the Iraqi War whom a CIA agent fears has been turned by an Islamist terrorist group.

* ''Series/{{Quantico}}'''s present-day storyline deals with a bombing of Grand Central Terminal in New York, openly described as "the worst terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11". Among other things it calls out the racism against Arabs and Central Asians that has cropped up since 9/11, with the half-Indian protagonist Alex Parrish, who was framed for the bombing, calling it the same old story: "They blame the brown girl."
* ''Series/{{Six}}'' is a RippedFromTheHeadlines military drama about a group of Nigerian schoolgirls who are kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group and a former Navy SEAL who is taken along with them, while the U.S. Navy and members of his old SEAL team try to rescue them.
* ''Series/{{Valor}}'' centers around a failed U.S. special forces mission to Somalia which ends with two U.S. Army soldiers captured by a local Somali jihadist group who are planning to hand them over to ISIS. The plot is divided between the stateside efforts to rescue them and the [=POWs'=] struggles to survive.

[[AC:Music]]
* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdAzXbGE2Xk "In the Name of God"]] is a general TakeThat to religiously motivated terrorism.

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FullSpectrumWarrior'''s universe has a fictional continuation of it taking place in {{Qurac}} after Iraq and Afghanistan. The parallels are very obvious too.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' is a three-way war involving the USA (after a SCUD missile was shot down over the Atlantic), the rebel-manipulating GLA and an expansionist China. What's interesting is that the real war was still more or less only on-paper when the game came out.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' is more or less a fictional, slightly-future counterpart to the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions, though with some noticeable changes such as the Saddam/bin Laden analogue having access to a nuke with which he kills 30,000 American soldiers - not to mention that he gets caught the day after that, and ultranationalist Russians also playing a quickly-growing part in what happens afterwards.
* The 2010 version of ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' basically thrusts you into it, specifically [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anaconda Operation Anaconda]] in early 2002.
* VideoGame/TargetTerror, which has received SoBadItsGood [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity infamy]] by making a goofy terrorist shooter directly riding off of the War on Terror, at a time where almost everybody else was hesitant to make any references to it at all.
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' deals heavily with themes of American Interventionism in the Middle East and the lionization of the conflicts in that section of the world, alongside the effects it has had on the soldiers fighting it. [[spoiler: By the end it is a pretty damning condemnation of these types of themes, as nothing was saved, everyone dies or will die soon for nothing, and the main character went on a ProtagonistJourneyToVillain due to a self-aggrandizing power fantasy that he fell into head over heels due to a need to be "the hero."]]

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* Were it not for 9/11 and the War on Terror (and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' getting [[ScrewedByTheNetwork canceled]] [[WhatAnIdiot for the third time]]), we wouldn't have ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. Nowadays, the show is somewhere between Blue and Orange...
** "Which means something might go down somewhere in some way in some point in time, '''SO LOOK SHARP!'''"
** An additional bit of FridgeHorror: Creator/SethMacFarlane was almost a victim of the attacks himself. He was scheduled to board American Airlines Flight 11 and was saved by both a hangover and incorrect info from his travel agent that caused him to be late to the airport. To which he makes ''several'' 9/11 jokes. There was even a joke about UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden smuggling WeaponsOfMassDestruction on ''Family Guy'' [[FunnyAneurysmMoment around a year before 9/11 even happened]]!



[[folder:Smaller Scale Conflicts (Those that do not usually involve the US, at least not directly)]]

* Philippines
* The Mediterranean Sea
* Somalia, the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden (a continuation of the Somali Civil War)
* Saudi Arabia (ended around August 2008)
* Pakistan (though it's usually included with Afghanistan)
* Southern Thailand
* [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Israel, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories]]
* Nigeria
* Northern Caucasus (the period after the Second Caucasus War/South Ossetia War)
* Algeria and The Maghreb (The Northern Half of the former French West Africa)
* Yemen (seemed to have ended in 2008, but flared-up again starting 2014)
* The [[UsefulNotes/MiddleEastUprising2011 Arab Spring]].

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[[folder:Smaller Scale Conflicts (Those ! The full-scale conflicts

[[folder:Afghanistan]]

Quite a few TV and film examples, including a number of Afghan ones, the only one to break out so far is 2013's ''Film/LoneSurvivor'', which is notable for taking a highly patriotic view of war. ''Film/LionsForLambs'' went down badly with critics and the public alike, as well being criticized for the title being an apparent misquote of the UsefulNotes/WorldWarI expression "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lions_led_by_donkeys lions led by donkeys]]". ''Studio 60'' featured Tom's brother being kidnapped in Afghanistan in its closing five-parter, then ended in FairyTale style.

An ''Afghanistan D20'' role-playing board game has been published, doing a fairly serious job with describing the early stages of the post-9/11 war in Afghanistan. Times have changed however, and today (this is written in Kabul in the autumn of 2008) the war looks quite different.

"The Road to Guantanamo" is a 2006 docu-drama about the detention in Guantanamo of three British men picked up in Afghanistan in 2001. It won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature, and the Silver Bear for Best Director at 2006 Berlin Film Festival. Contains archive news footage from the period, and recounts the men's experiences from their travels into Afghanistan to their capture and imprisonment.

And then there's the new ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' video game
that do not usually involve has you as both a soldier and a Tier 1 Operator fighting in Afghanistan. It semi-accurately depicts the US, war, centering on a fictionalized version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anaconda Operation Anaconda]], with, [[AmericaSavesTheDay in true]] ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' fashion, everyone who isn't American (Or in this case, Afghan) conveniently excised.

[[AC:Literature]]
* ''Literature/OutlawPlatoon'', a non-fiction account of a young officer's sixteen-month deployment to Afghanistan.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BombPatrolAfghanistan'': A US Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit sweeps the roads of bombs in Afghanistan
at least not directly)]]

* Philippines
* The Mediterranean Sea
* Somalia, the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden (a continuation of the Somali Civil War)
* Saudi Arabia (ended around August 2008)
* Pakistan (though it's usually included with Afghanistan)
* Southern Thailand
* [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Israel, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories]]
* Nigeria
* Northern Caucasus (the period after the Second Caucasus War/South Ossetia War)
* Algeria and The Maghreb (The Northern Half of the former French West Africa)
* Yemen (seemed to have ended in 2008, but flared-up again starting 2014)
* The [[UsefulNotes/MiddleEastUprising2011 Arab Spring]].
once an episode.



!! The War On Terror, [[AC: [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]]]

There are a couple of shows out there that use their settings and plots to make points, usually rather {{anvilicious}}, on the War On Terror:

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The second season of ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'' has the conflict surrounding cryptnosis, a program used by the British government to sentence most criminals. Cryptnosis effectively reprograms the brain to "reform" criminals. There are many people who question the morality of this method, including the protagonists, Sherlock and Beth Holmes. In the third episode, their case involves one group of anti-cryptnosis extremists who threaten to destroy entire cities if cryptnosis is not ended. In the next episode, the FramingDevice is a hearing in Parliament to discuss the issue.
* The ''Series/Daredevil2015'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WhatTheyWouldntDo'' has a scene where Matt Murdock and Sarah Corrigan talk about where they were during [[Film/TheAvengers2012 "The Incident"]]. It has all the feel of a "Where were you on 9/11?" conversation, and this is intentional on the author's behalf because, like 9/11, "The Incident" affected all New Yorkers in one way or another and caused a ton of destruction and loss of life while the rest of the nation/world watched.

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!! The War On Terror, [[AC: [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]]]

There are a couple
[[folder:Iraq]]

Outside
of shows Iraq itself, movies and TV (there's a few novels out there that use their settings and plots to make points, usually rather {{anvilicious}}, a number of computer game mods on the War On Terror:

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The second season
conflict, the latter of ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'' has which raises the moral issue of playing games involving an ongoing war) that directly deals with the conflict surrounding cryptnosis, and is actually set in Iraq is few and far between. The first attempt at a program used by TV series in the British government to sentence most criminals. Cryptnosis US, ''Over There'', was critically acclaimed, but ultimately cancelled (some speculate it was cancelled for "political reasons"). In contrast, the 2008 HBO miniseries ''Literature/GenerationKill'' is based on the 2004 book of the same name about an embedded reporter's experience with his unit of Marines and has at least one character played by his real-life counterpart (Sgt. Rudy Reyes as himself).

All the movies are pretty obscure and have
effectively reprograms flopped at the brain to "reform" criminals. There are many people who question box office, with some commentators arguing that "war movie fatigue" on the morality part of this method, the public was responsible. On the other hand, some have argued that "''anti''-war movie fatigue" is responsible.

One exception would be ''Film/TheHurtLocker'', which won an Oscar for Best Picture. However, it should be noted that it is also the lowest grossing film to win that award. Then, in 2014, ''Film/AmericanSniper'' was released to both massive critical and financial success, and was nominated for half a dozen Oscars,
including Best Picture and Best Actor. It wound up winning the protagonists, Sherlock Best Sound Editing award.

A good past example that may serve as a guide for the future (due to general perception, accurate or not, on the Iraq War) is UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. It took four years after the fall of Saigon for the first widely-known (''Go Tell The Spartans'' isn't that well known) period
and Beth Holmes. In area set film to come out and that, ''Apocalypse Now'', is also ''Heart of Darkness'' in Vietnam. ''Full Metal Jacket'' wasn't until 1986. On the third episode, their case involves one group of anti-cryptnosis extremists who threaten to destroy entire cities if cryptnosis is not ended. In the next episode, the FramingDevice is a hearing in Parliament to discuss the issue.
* The ''Series/Daredevil2015'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WhatTheyWouldntDo'' has a scene where Matt Murdock and Sarah Corrigan talk about where they were
other hand, during [[Film/TheAvengers2012 "The Incident"]]. It has all the feel of a "Where previous American conflicts films were you on 9/11?" conversation, produced expressing a pro-war position (if not quite actual propaganda). During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Hollywood was essentially co-opted by the US war department to produce pro-war films and this is intentional on cartoons (although every country did the author's behalf because, like 9/11, "The Incident" affected all New Yorkers in one way or another and caused a ton of destruction and loss of life while same thing, except, ironically, Germany, which mainly produced period films). During the rest Vietnam War films in support of the nation/world watched.war like ''The Green Berets'' (with John Wayne) were made, and the vast majority of 80s action films were supportive of the Reagan administration's foreign policy. In contrast, the War on Terror hasn't produced many films or TV shows that expressly support it (with the possible exception of a PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie or two).

Appears as {{backstory}} quite a bit, especially in ''Series/BrothersAndSisters'', where BlondeRepublicanSexKitten Kitty, trying to prevent her brother going to Iraq, tries to bribe the Senator she later gets engaged to and performs on an on-camera volte-face. One can't help feel someone's going StrawmanPolitical on this one (supporting a war until it directly affects you). Justin eventually goes of his own free will anyway and is seriously wounded there.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/HomeOfTheBrave'', about four [[HomeGuard National Guardsmen]] who deal with various hardships after returning home from the war in Iraq.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheUnit'', Jonas Blaine's daughter Betsy is kidnapped while serving in Iraq.

[[AC:Music]]
* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayjVxUC2qDE "Panzer Battalion"]], [[NonIndicativeName despite the name]], is about the US invasion of Iraq (the "panzers" are American M1 Abrams tanks).



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' sparked an enormous amount of controversy from all corners of politics on release because of its plot involving asymmetrical warfare, swarthy Mediterraneans, Freedom™, extremely stylized history, and even disagreement about its [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic real subject matter]] between co-creators. Not least of its problems is that some people are still very fussy about the historical figures it portrays, and Greece and Turkey are still going at it.
* On a related note, many movies about treacherous regimes and war, such as ''Film/HarryPotter'', and ''Film/VForVendetta'' couldn't help but [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical slip in allegory of varying subtlety (or lack thereof) about The War on Terror]].
* ''Film/NinthCompany'' is a strange example: The events in the film predate the War on Terror by nearly two decades, as it focuses on the Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan. That said, it was made in 2007 and there are numerous, subtle parallels to the current war. It is almost as if the director was saying "We went through that hellhole. Now it's your turn".
* ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' "If you're not with me, you're my enemy!" Whether that was meant as a reference to UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical or not]] is debated, though [[WordOfGod Lucas]] says it is unintentional. Or rather, that people are getting the wrong period: He says it was inspired by the Vietnam War (which was happening at the time the originals were envisioned), not the War on Terror.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The cinematic reboot of ''Film/StarTrek'', where the Romulans were downgraded from Romans IN SPACE to swarthy, sword-bearing savages in dusty clothing. Although many would argue otherwise, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which particular historical event the destruction of Vulcan might possibly be alluding to.
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' includes bombings in major population centers and other real world contemporary issues, such as sending the ''Enterprise'' into another government's territory to launch a bunch of missiles at a terrorist. [[spoiler:And, in true, grand Trek fashion, the proper message is that we ''cannot'' give in to our fears and devote ourselves to little more than war and militarization, even in the face of "threats". It's in the face of such things that we have to be ''even more'' noble, not less]].
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' draws a clear parallel between the League of Shadows and organized terror cells based in the Middle East. The film sidesteps mentioning ''which'' desert country Bane and his cronies hail from, as most of them are played by Anglos.

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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' sparked an enormous amount of controversy
[[folder:Iran]]

Strictly speaking, Iran is actually a separate issue
from all corners of politics the true "war on release terror" -- Iranians largely aren't Arabs but Persians, they don't speak Arabic but Farsi, and they're Shias not Sunni -- they're lumped in these days because of its plot involving asymmetrical warfare, swarthy Mediterraneans, Freedom™, extremely stylized history, and even disagreement about its [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic two main reasons. One: the apparent threat, real subject matter]] between co-creators. Not least of its problems is that some people are still very fussy about the historical figures it portrays, and Greece and Turkey are still going at it.
* On a related note, many movies about treacherous regimes and war, such as ''Film/HarryPotter'', and ''Film/VForVendetta'' couldn't help but [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical slip in allegory of varying subtlety (or lack thereof) about The War on Terror]].
* ''Film/NinthCompany'' is a strange example: The events in the film predate the War on Terror by nearly two decades, as it focuses on the Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan. That said, it was made in 2007 and there are numerous, subtle parallels to the current war. It is almost as if the director was saying "We went through that hellhole. Now it's your turn".
* ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' "If you're not with me, you're my enemy!" Whether that was meant as a reference to UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical
or not]] is debated, though [[WordOfGod Lucas]] says it is unintentional. Or rather, that people are getting the wrong period: He says it was inspired by the Vietnam War (which was happening at the time the originals were envisioned), not the War on Terror.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The cinematic reboot of ''Film/StarTrek'', where the Romulans were downgraded from Romans IN SPACE to swarthy, sword-bearing savages in dusty clothing. Although many would argue
otherwise, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which particular historical event of the destruction of Vulcan might possibly be alluding to.
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' includes bombings
regime in major population centers Tehran. Two: they're seen as AmbiguouslyBrown and other real world contemporary issues, such as sending the ''Enterprise'' into another government's territory to launch a bunch of missiles at a terrorist. [[spoiler:And, in true, grand Trek fashion, the proper message is that we ''cannot'' give in to our fears and devote ourselves to little more than war and militarization, even live in the face of "threats". It's in the face of such things that we have to be ''even more'' noble, not less]].
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' draws a clear parallel
same general direction (exactly between Afghanistan and Iraq, in fact): which is enough for [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement certain startlingly poorly educated people]] in high positions to overlook the League of Shadows and organized terror cells based in the Middle East. The film sidesteps mentioning ''which'' desert country Bane and his cronies hail from, as most of them are played by Anglos.differences.



[[folder:Literature]]
* In John Birmingham's ''Without Warning'' and ''After America'' the war on terror takes a bizarre turn in [[AlternateHistory 2003]] when an energy field of unknown origin and composition wipes out about three-quarters of the population of North America. An energized UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein takes the offensive against a demoralized US military just before they were going to invade and drives them out then allies with Iran[[note]]Yes, ''Saddam'' allies with '''Iran''' Consider this CriticalResearchFailure: The Novel.[[/note]] to declare a universal jihad against Israel. [[spoiler: This leads Israel to nuke all its Islamic neighbors except Lebanon (too close) in what becomes called the Second Holocaust]]. Other ripples from this include the French Intifada and the United Kingdom deporting or interning all of its Muslims while parts of Germany, especially Cologne become functionally converted to sharia.
* Flipped on its head in Matt Ruff's ''Mirage'' where [[ALternateHistory the United Arab States are threatened by Christian terrorists, especially after the Bagdad Twin Towers are destroyed on 11/9, 2001.]]
* A weird one: To present-day eyes, the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' novel ''Isard's Revenge'' (set immediately after ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'') looks based on the first leg of the Iraq War, with a politically motivated[[note]]Rather than being motivated by neoconservative ideology, meant to serve as a warning to any Imperial Remnant warlords who might think of attacking the New Republic while it recovers from Grand Admiral Thrawn's invasion.[[/note]] invasion of a villainous but neutral nation by the protagonists' nation, spurred on by fears of a bogus superweapon. [[LifeImitatesArt The novel was published in 1999.]]
* ''[[Literature/AngelInTheWhirlwind The Oncoming Storm]]'' by Christopher Nuttall seemingly has the Occupation of Cadiz as a counterpart to the Iraq War. The Commonwealth of Tyre annexed the Cadiz system for geopolitical reasons (it's unimportant but strategically located in the face of a coming confrontation with the {{Theocracy}}). At present the occupation is a clusterfuck of corporate interests, under-equipped troops, HeadInTheSandManagement, and [[LaResistance a bloody insurgency]].

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[[folder:Literature]]
[[folder:Smaller Scale Conflicts (Those that do not usually involve the US, at least not directly)]]

* In John Birmingham's ''Without Warning'' Philippines
* The Mediterranean Sea
* Somalia, the Horn of Africa
and ''After America'' the war on terror takes a bizarre turn in [[AlternateHistory 2003]] when an energy field Gulf of unknown origin and composition wipes out about three-quarters Aden (a continuation of the population of North America. An energized UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein takes the offensive against a demoralized US military just before they were going to invade and drives them out then allies Somali Civil War)
* Saudi Arabia (ended around August 2008)
* Pakistan (though it's usually included
with Iran[[note]]Yes, ''Saddam'' allies with '''Iran''' Consider this CriticalResearchFailure: The Novel.[[/note]] to declare a universal jihad against Israel. [[spoiler: This leads Israel to nuke all its Islamic neighbors except Afghanistan)
* Southern Thailand
* [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Israel,
Lebanon (too close) in what becomes called and the Palestinian Territories]]
* Nigeria
* Northern Caucasus (the period after
the Second Holocaust]]. Other ripples from this include Caucasus War/South Ossetia War)
* Algeria and The Maghreb (The Northern Half of
the former French Intifada and the United Kingdom deporting or interning all of its Muslims while parts of Germany, especially Cologne become functionally converted West Africa)
* Yemen (seemed
to sharia.
* Flipped on its head
have ended in Matt Ruff's ''Mirage'' where [[ALternateHistory the United 2008, but flared-up again starting 2014)
* The [[UsefulNotes/MiddleEastUprising2011
Arab States are threatened by Christian terrorists, especially after the Bagdad Twin Towers are destroyed on 11/9, 2001.]]
* A weird one: To present-day eyes, the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' novel ''Isard's Revenge'' (set immediately after ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'') looks based on the first leg of the Iraq War, with a politically motivated[[note]]Rather than being motivated by neoconservative ideology, meant to serve as a warning to any Imperial Remnant warlords who might think of attacking the New Republic while it recovers from Grand Admiral Thrawn's invasion.[[/note]] invasion of a villainous but neutral nation by the protagonists' nation, spurred on by fears of a bogus superweapon. [[LifeImitatesArt The novel was published in 1999.]]
* ''[[Literature/AngelInTheWhirlwind The Oncoming Storm]]'' by Christopher Nuttall seemingly has the Occupation of Cadiz as a counterpart to the Iraq War. The Commonwealth of Tyre annexed the Cadiz system for geopolitical reasons (it's unimportant but strategically located in the face of a coming confrontation with the {{Theocracy}}). At present the occupation is a clusterfuck of corporate interests, under-equipped troops, HeadInTheSandManagement, and [[LaResistance a bloody insurgency]].
Spring]].



[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', which over the course of the series has dealt with themes such as military occupation, suicide bombing and whether it can be justified, an enemy that blends in with the public, the results of a nuclear holocaust, the cycle of revenge and escalation, and religious conflict (both violent and cultural).
* The 2015 ''Series/DoctorWho'' two-parter "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion]]". With Zygons instead of ISIS.
* The 2006 ''Series/RobinHood'' in the first season actually has the Sheriff use the words "war on terror" in late ''12th century England'' and uses the Crusades as a (rather inaccurate) metaphor for the whole thing. It's toned down a lot for the second.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' with the Ori arc.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' deserves a mention. Though it was written and aired in the 1990s, it dealt with many issues that would [[ValuesResonance suddenly become very relevant]] in the post-9/11 era. The relationship between the Bajorans and Cardassians, for example, was based more on the Nazi occupation of Europe in World War II, but episodes dealt with the relative merits of terrorism, and Bajoran religious beliefs were used to parallel real-world religious extremism. The "Homefront"/"Paradise Lost" two-parter dealt directly with a security state ramping up in response to terrorist attacks and the dangers of becoming so worried about outside threats that you compromise your own freedom and turn on your neighbors.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''[='=]s third season drew heavily on current events. Earth is savagely attacked, apparently out of nowhere, and the NX-01 (bringing along a cohort of Army Guys) heads into a treacherous region of space to find the culprits. Many fans were afraid this storyline would be untrue to ''Trek''[='=]s philosophy, but they needn't have worried: the aliens aren't all bad, Archer's new hard-edged attitude isn't always endorsed, and there's enough ambiguity all round to keep it from being StrawmanPolitical in either direction. Prior to that, a couple of first-season episodes -- "Fortunate Son" and especially "Detained" -- examined elements of the war on terror. But contrary to a common assumption, the decision to name the first season's bad guys "Suliban" happened long before 9/11. They ''were'' named after the Taliban, but only because Rick Berman thought that name had the exotic sound he wanted; no one was expecting it to become a household name.

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', which over the course of the series has dealt with themes such as military occupation, suicide bombing and whether it can be justified, an enemy that blends in with the public, the results of a nuclear holocaust, the cycle of revenge and escalation, and religious conflict (both violent and cultural).
*
!! The 2015 ''Series/DoctorWho'' two-parter "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion]]". With Zygons instead of ISIS.
* The 2006 ''Series/RobinHood'' in the first season actually has the Sheriff use the words "war on terror" in late ''12th century England'' and uses the Crusades as a (rather inaccurate) metaphor for the whole thing. It's toned down a lot for the second.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' with the Ori arc.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' deserves a mention. Though it was written and aired in the 1990s, it dealt with many issues that would [[ValuesResonance suddenly become very relevant]] in the post-9/11 era. The relationship between the Bajorans and Cardassians, for example, was based more on the Nazi occupation of Europe in World
War II, but episodes dealt with the relative merits of terrorism, and Bajoran religious beliefs were used to parallel real-world religious extremism. The "Homefront"/"Paradise Lost" two-parter dealt directly with a security state ramping up in response to terrorist attacks and the dangers of becoming so worried about outside threats that you compromise your own freedom and turn on your neighbors.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''[='=]s third season drew heavily on current events. Earth is savagely attacked, apparently out of nowhere, and the NX-01 (bringing along a cohort of Army Guys) heads into a treacherous region of space to find the culprits. Many fans were afraid this storyline would be untrue to ''Trek''[='=]s philosophy, but they needn't have worried: the aliens aren't all bad, Archer's new hard-edged attitude isn't always endorsed, and there's enough ambiguity all round to keep it from being StrawmanPolitical in either direction. Prior to that,
On Terror, [[AC: [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]]]

There are
a couple of first-season episodes -- "Fortunate Son" shows out there that use their settings and especially "Detained" -- examined elements plots to make points, usually rather {{anvilicious}}, on the War On Terror:

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The second season of ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'' has the conflict surrounding cryptnosis, a program used by the British government to sentence most criminals. Cryptnosis effectively reprograms the brain to "reform" criminals. There are many people who question the morality of this method, including the protagonists, Sherlock and Beth Holmes. In the third episode, their case involves one group of anti-cryptnosis extremists who threaten to destroy entire cities if cryptnosis is not ended. In the next episode, the FramingDevice is a hearing in Parliament to discuss the issue.
* The ''Series/Daredevil2015'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WhatTheyWouldntDo'' has a scene where Matt Murdock and Sarah Corrigan talk about where they were during [[Film/TheAvengers2012 "The Incident"]]. It has all the feel of a "Where were you on 9/11?" conversation, and this is intentional on the author's behalf because, like 9/11, "The Incident" affected all New Yorkers in one way or another and caused a ton of destruction and loss of life while the rest
of the war on terror. But contrary to a common assumption, the decision to name the first season's bad guys "Suliban" happened long before 9/11. They ''were'' named after the Taliban, but only because Rick Berman thought that name had the exotic sound he wanted; no one was expecting it to become a household name.
nation/world watched.



[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''[[http://www.waronterrortheboardgame.com/ War on Terror: The Boardgame]]'' is ... well, guess. It's also ''quite'' satirical. And the "Axis of Evil" is a spinner in the middle of the board.

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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''[[http://www.waronterrortheboardgame.com/ ''Film/ThreeHundred'' sparked an enormous amount of controversy from all corners of politics on release because of its plot involving asymmetrical warfare, swarthy Mediterraneans, Freedom™, extremely stylized history, and even disagreement about its [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic real subject matter]] between co-creators. Not least of its problems is that some people are still very fussy about the historical figures it portrays, and Greece and Turkey are still going at it.
* On a related note, many movies about treacherous regimes and war, such as ''Film/HarryPotter'', and ''Film/VForVendetta'' couldn't help but [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical slip in allegory of varying subtlety (or lack thereof) about The
War on Terror: Terror]].
* ''Film/NinthCompany'' is a strange example:
The Boardgame]]'' is ... well, guess. events in the film predate the War on Terror by nearly two decades, as it focuses on the Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan. That said, it was made in 2007 and there are numerous, subtle parallels to the current war. It is almost as if the director was saying "We went through that hellhole. Now it's your turn".
* ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' "If you're not with me, you're my enemy!" Whether that was meant as a reference to UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical or not]] is debated, though [[WordOfGod Lucas]] says it is unintentional. Or rather, that people are getting the wrong period: He says it was inspired by the Vietnam War (which was happening at the time the originals were envisioned), not the War on Terror.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The cinematic reboot of ''Film/StarTrek'', where the Romulans were downgraded from Romans IN SPACE to swarthy, sword-bearing savages in dusty clothing. Although many would argue otherwise, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which particular historical event the destruction of Vulcan might possibly be alluding to.
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' includes bombings in major population centers and other real world contemporary issues, such as sending the ''Enterprise'' into another government's territory to launch a bunch of missiles at a terrorist. [[spoiler:And, in true, grand Trek fashion, the proper message is that we ''cannot'' give in to our fears and devote ourselves to little more than war and militarization, even in the face of "threats".
It's also ''quite'' satirical. And the "Axis of Evil" is a spinner in the middle face of such things that we have to be ''even more'' noble, not less]].
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' draws a clear parallel between
the board.League of Shadows and organized terror cells based in the Middle East. The film sidesteps mentioning ''which'' desert country Bane and his cronies hail from, as most of them are played by Anglos.



[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The series, debuting a few months after 9/11, has ScaryDogmaticAliens who are religious extremists going to war with the UNSC (humanity's united military, modeled after the United States Marines), though this aspect of the plot had already been shown in previews for [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved the first game]] ''before'' 9/11 happened. It was subtle in the first game, but was more obvious in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', where the War was on the developers' minds more; the aliens' religious motivation ceased to be an InformedAttribute. The allegory, if it was ever intentional, [[{{Metaphorgotten}} sort of falls apart]] when [[OurZombiesAreDifferent the Flood shows up]]. However the developers have also said that Literature/TheCulture was an influence. Seeing as how that series had ScaryDogmaticAliens in the first book it might just be coincidental.
** The UNSC were also in a revolution by "The Insurrection," which had turned to terrorism to fight for freedom. However, in many ways this is more reminiscent of UsefulNotes/TheTroubles than any more recent conflict.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is a rare example, since it came out before 9/11. The game deals with the issue of if terrorists are doing their actions because they are simply violent, or because they have been left with no other option. The issue of increasing security at the cost of personal freedoms comes up throughout the game, especially as the CrapsackWorld setting becomes more so.
** There is also the infamous HarsherInHindsight example of the missing World Trade Center Towers in the New York skyline. [[SerendipityWritesThePlot The real reason for it was due to memory limitations. The developers justified it by saying it was due to a terrorist attack sometime before the game.]][[note]]This is most likely alluding to the World Trade Center Bombing of 1993.[[/note]] ''The game was released in 2000.''
* ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' had the tagline "The future War On Terror" since it came out in 2004 when it was fresh on people's minds.
* Again, ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2''. The basic plot for the American portion of the game is obviously influenced by the real War on Terror: a group of terrorists (Makarov's group) launches an attack on a country's famous landmark (Russia, airport named after a major character from the previous game), said country finds a link between the group and another country (the US -- [[spoiler:the player controls an undercover CIA agent going with the attack, who is killed by Makarov specifically for his corpse to link America with the attack]]) and invades them on this pretext. As noted above, though, even with a few missions both at the beginning and end explicitly taking place within Afghanistan, things aren't quite what they seem to be.
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' makes a small CallForward to this in a flashback mission set during the UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan, with a side-order of HistoricalVillainUpgrade; the player fights alongside the Mujahideen to drive the Soviets off, only for them to ''immediately'' turn on the player once the threat has passed, claiming "you are, and always will be, our true enemy". It also makes a pair of small {{Call Back}}s in the regular missions set in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2025]], once where Harper refers to the BigBad Raul Menendez as "the most dangerous terrorist since Osama bin Laden", and then again if the player fails to complete the Strike Force missions and secure an alliance with China before a specific mission, where General Petraeus and Admiral Briggs briefly discuss the last time America moved up to DEFCON 3 "almost 25 years ago".
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has something of this with the True Way in the Cardassian story arc, TheRemnant of the pre-Dominion War old order who have now become terrorists, much like many al-Qa'ida in Iraq and ISIS leaders served in the pre-invasion Iraqi military. Unfortunately most of this flavor was removed in favor of a MirrorUniverse plot when the arc was revamped in 2015.

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[[folder:Video Games]]
[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The series, debuting
In John Birmingham's ''Without Warning'' and ''After America'' the war on terror takes a few months after 9/11, has ScaryDogmaticAliens who are religious extremists bizarre turn in [[AlternateHistory 2003]] when an energy field of unknown origin and composition wipes out about three-quarters of the population of North America. An energized UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein takes the offensive against a demoralized US military just before they were going to war invade and drives them out then allies with Iran[[note]]Yes, ''Saddam'' allies with '''Iran''' Consider this CriticalResearchFailure: The Novel.[[/note]] to declare a universal jihad against Israel. [[spoiler: This leads Israel to nuke all its Islamic neighbors except Lebanon (too close) in what becomes called the UNSC (humanity's united military, modeled after Second Holocaust]]. Other ripples from this include the French Intifada and the United States Marines), though this aspect Kingdom deporting or interning all of the plot had already been shown in previews for [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved the first game]] ''before'' 9/11 happened. It was subtle in the first game, but was more obvious in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', where the War was on the developers' minds more; the aliens' religious motivation ceased to be an InformedAttribute. The allegory, if it was ever intentional, [[{{Metaphorgotten}} sort its Muslims while parts of falls apart]] when [[OurZombiesAreDifferent the Flood shows up]]. However the developers have also said that Literature/TheCulture was an influence. Seeing as how that series had ScaryDogmaticAliens in the first book it might just be coincidental.
** The UNSC were also in a revolution by "The Insurrection," which had turned to terrorism to fight for freedom. However, in many ways this is more reminiscent of UsefulNotes/TheTroubles than any more recent conflict.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is a rare example, since it came out before 9/11. The game deals with the issue of if terrorists are doing their actions because they are simply violent, or because they have been left with no other option. The issue of increasing security at the cost of personal freedoms comes up throughout the game,
Germany, especially as the CrapsackWorld setting becomes more so.
** There is also the infamous HarsherInHindsight example of the missing World Trade Center Towers in the New York skyline. [[SerendipityWritesThePlot The real reason for it was due to memory limitations. The developers justified it by saying it was due to a terrorist attack sometime before the game.]][[note]]This is most likely alluding to the World Trade Center Bombing of 1993.[[/note]] ''The game was released in 2000.''
* ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' had the tagline "The future War On Terror" since it came out in 2004 when it was fresh on people's minds.
* Again, ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2''. The basic plot for the American portion of the game is obviously influenced by the real War on Terror: a group of terrorists (Makarov's group) launches an attack on a country's famous landmark (Russia, airport named after a major character from the previous game), said country finds a link between the group and another country (the US -- [[spoiler:the player controls an undercover CIA agent going with the attack, who is killed by Makarov specifically for his corpse to link America with the attack]]) and invades them on this pretext. As noted above, though, even with a few missions both at the beginning and end explicitly taking place within Afghanistan, things aren't quite what they seem to be.
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' makes a small CallForward to this in a flashback mission set during the UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan, with a side-order of HistoricalVillainUpgrade; the player fights alongside the Mujahideen to drive the Soviets off, only for them to ''immediately'' turn on the player once the threat has passed, claiming "you are, and always will be, our true enemy". It also makes a pair of small {{Call Back}}s in the regular missions set in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2025]], once where Harper refers to the BigBad Raul Menendez as "the most dangerous terrorist since Osama bin Laden", and then again if the player fails to complete the Strike Force missions and secure an alliance with China before a specific mission, where General Petraeus and Admiral Briggs briefly discuss the last time America moved up to DEFCON 3 "almost 25 years ago".
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has something of this with the True Way in the Cardassian story arc, TheRemnant of the pre-Dominion War old order who have now
Cologne become functionally converted to sharia.
* Flipped on its head in Matt Ruff's ''Mirage'' where [[ALternateHistory the United Arab States are threatened by Christian
terrorists, much like many al-Qa'ida in especially after the Bagdad Twin Towers are destroyed on 11/9, 2001.]]
* A weird one: To present-day eyes, the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' novel ''Isard's Revenge'' (set immediately after ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'') looks based on the first leg of the
Iraq and ISIS leaders served War, with a politically motivated[[note]]Rather than being motivated by neoconservative ideology, meant to serve as a warning to any Imperial Remnant warlords who might think of attacking the New Republic while it recovers from Grand Admiral Thrawn's invasion.[[/note]] invasion of a villainous but neutral nation by the protagonists' nation, spurred on by fears of a bogus superweapon. [[LifeImitatesArt The novel was published in 1999.]]
* ''[[Literature/AngelInTheWhirlwind The Oncoming Storm]]'' by Christopher Nuttall seemingly has the Occupation of Cadiz as a counterpart to the Iraq War. The Commonwealth of Tyre annexed the Cadiz system for geopolitical reasons (it's unimportant but strategically located
in the pre-invasion Iraqi military. Unfortunately most of this flavor was removed in favor face of a MirrorUniverse plot when coming confrontation with the arc was revamped in 2015.{{Theocracy}}). At present the occupation is a clusterfuck of corporate interests, under-equipped troops, HeadInTheSandManagement, and [[LaResistance a bloody insurgency]].



[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/DimensionalProphecyOfZoharRedux'': War on Terror politics against a species of ''EldritchAbomination''s.

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[[folder:Web Animation]]
[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''WebAnimation/DimensionalProphecyOfZoharRedux'': ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', which over the course of the series has dealt with themes such as military occupation, suicide bombing and whether it can be justified, an enemy that blends in with the public, the results of a nuclear holocaust, the cycle of revenge and escalation, and religious conflict (both violent and cultural).
* The 2015 ''Series/DoctorWho'' two-parter "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion]]". With Zygons instead of ISIS.
* The 2006 ''Series/RobinHood'' in the first season actually has the Sheriff use the words "war on terror" in late ''12th century England'' and uses the Crusades as a (rather inaccurate) metaphor for the whole thing. It's toned down a lot for the second.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' with the Ori arc.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' deserves a mention. Though it was written and aired in the 1990s, it dealt with many issues that would [[ValuesResonance suddenly become very relevant]] in the post-9/11 era. The relationship between the Bajorans and Cardassians, for example, was based more on the Nazi occupation of Europe in World
War II, but episodes dealt with the relative merits of terrorism, and Bajoran religious beliefs were used to parallel real-world religious extremism. The "Homefront"/"Paradise Lost" two-parter dealt directly with a security state ramping up in response to terrorist attacks and the dangers of becoming so worried about outside threats that you compromise your own freedom and turn on Terror politics against a species your neighbors.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''[='=]s third season drew heavily on current events. Earth is savagely attacked, apparently out
of ''EldritchAbomination''s.nowhere, and the NX-01 (bringing along a cohort of Army Guys) heads into a treacherous region of space to find the culprits. Many fans were afraid this storyline would be untrue to ''Trek''[='=]s philosophy, but they needn't have worried: the aliens aren't all bad, Archer's new hard-edged attitude isn't always endorsed, and there's enough ambiguity all round to keep it from being StrawmanPolitical in either direction. Prior to that, a couple of first-season episodes -- "Fortunate Son" and especially "Detained" -- examined elements of the war on terror. But contrary to a common assumption, the decision to name the first season's bad guys "Suliban" happened long before 9/11. They ''were'' named after the Taliban, but only because Rick Berman thought that name had the exotic sound he wanted; no one was expecting it to become a household name.



[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Touched during the 2006 Halloween special, where Kang and Kodos decide to invade Earth. Incidentally, the scene originally ended with the line "This sure is a lot like Iraq will be", tossing an anvil straight through the FourthWall. This was wisely cut at some point down the line, but it still aired on some channels.
** Many other episodes, such as "Bart-Mangled Banner", have satirized post-9/11 America.
** The entire plot of "[=MyPods=] and Boomsticks" is about Homer's attempt to reveal that the family of Bart's newest friend are terrorists. [[spoiler: [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It turns out they aren't terrorists]]; the husband is just a construction worker, the building he destroyed was with a construction team as a sanctioned demolition for a future building project (his wife's concern was because [[TruthInTelevision construction sites can be dangerous]]), and his talk of a better place referred to being promoted to a higher-paying position in his company]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Tarrlok's treatment of non-benders is similar to this, especially as of the most episode.

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Touched during
''[[http://www.waronterrortheboardgame.com/ War on Terror: The Boardgame]]'' is ... well, guess. It's also ''quite'' satirical. And the 2006 Halloween special, where Kang and Kodos decide to invade Earth. Incidentally, the scene originally ended with the line "This sure "Axis of Evil" is a lot like Iraq will be", tossing an anvil straight through spinner in the FourthWall. This was wisely cut at some point down the line, but it still aired on some channels.
** Many other episodes, such as "Bart-Mangled Banner", have satirized post-9/11 America.
** The entire plot of "[=MyPods=] and Boomsticks" is about Homer's attempt to reveal that the family of Bart's newest friend are terrorists. [[spoiler: [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It turns out they aren't terrorists]]; the husband is just a construction worker, the building he destroyed was with a construction team as a sanctioned demolition for a future building project (his wife's concern was because [[TruthInTelevision construction sites can be dangerous]]), and his talk of a better place referred to being promoted to a higher-paying position in his company]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Tarrlok's treatment of non-benders is similar to this, especially as
middle of the most episode.board.


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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The series, debuting a few months after 9/11, has ScaryDogmaticAliens who are religious extremists going to war with the UNSC (humanity's united military, modeled after the United States Marines), though this aspect of the plot had already been shown in previews for [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved the first game]] ''before'' 9/11 happened. It was subtle in the first game, but was more obvious in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', where the War was on the developers' minds more; the aliens' religious motivation ceased to be an InformedAttribute. The allegory, if it was ever intentional, [[{{Metaphorgotten}} sort of falls apart]] when [[OurZombiesAreDifferent the Flood shows up]]. However the developers have also said that Literature/TheCulture was an influence. Seeing as how that series had ScaryDogmaticAliens in the first book it might just be coincidental.
** The UNSC were also in a revolution by "The Insurrection," which had turned to terrorism to fight for freedom. However, in many ways this is more reminiscent of UsefulNotes/TheTroubles than any more recent conflict.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is a rare example, since it came out before 9/11. The game deals with the issue of if terrorists are doing their actions because they are simply violent, or because they have been left with no other option. The issue of increasing security at the cost of personal freedoms comes up throughout the game, especially as the CrapsackWorld setting becomes more so.
** There is also the infamous HarsherInHindsight example of the missing World Trade Center Towers in the New York skyline. [[SerendipityWritesThePlot The real reason for it was due to memory limitations. The developers justified it by saying it was due to a terrorist attack sometime before the game.]][[note]]This is most likely alluding to the World Trade Center Bombing of 1993.[[/note]] ''The game was released in 2000.''
* ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' had the tagline "The future War On Terror" since it came out in 2004 when it was fresh on people's minds.
* Again, ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2''. The basic plot for the American portion of the game is obviously influenced by the real War on Terror: a group of terrorists (Makarov's group) launches an attack on a country's famous landmark (Russia, airport named after a major character from the previous game), said country finds a link between the group and another country (the US -- [[spoiler:the player controls an undercover CIA agent going with the attack, who is killed by Makarov specifically for his corpse to link America with the attack]]) and invades them on this pretext. As noted above, though, even with a few missions both at the beginning and end explicitly taking place within Afghanistan, things aren't quite what they seem to be.
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' makes a small CallForward to this in a flashback mission set during the UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan, with a side-order of HistoricalVillainUpgrade; the player fights alongside the Mujahideen to drive the Soviets off, only for them to ''immediately'' turn on the player once the threat has passed, claiming "you are, and always will be, our true enemy". It also makes a pair of small {{Call Back}}s in the regular missions set in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2025]], once where Harper refers to the BigBad Raul Menendez as "the most dangerous terrorist since Osama bin Laden", and then again if the player fails to complete the Strike Force missions and secure an alliance with China before a specific mission, where General Petraeus and Admiral Briggs briefly discuss the last time America moved up to DEFCON 3 "almost 25 years ago".
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has something of this with the True Way in the Cardassian story arc, TheRemnant of the pre-Dominion War old order who have now become terrorists, much like many al-Qa'ida in Iraq and ISIS leaders served in the pre-invasion Iraqi military. Unfortunately most of this flavor was removed in favor of a MirrorUniverse plot when the arc was revamped in 2015.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/DimensionalProphecyOfZoharRedux'': War on Terror politics against a species of ''EldritchAbomination''s.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Touched during the 2006 Halloween special, where Kang and Kodos decide to invade Earth. Incidentally, the scene originally ended with the line "This sure is a lot like Iraq will be", tossing an anvil straight through the FourthWall. This was wisely cut at some point down the line, but it still aired on some channels.
** Many other episodes, such as "Bart-Mangled Banner", have satirized post-9/11 America.
** The entire plot of "[=MyPods=] and Boomsticks" is about Homer's attempt to reveal that the family of Bart's newest friend are terrorists. [[spoiler: [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped It turns out they aren't terrorists]]; the husband is just a construction worker, the building he destroyed was with a construction team as a sanctioned demolition for a future building project (his wife's concern was because [[TruthInTelevision construction sites can be dangerous]]), and his talk of a better place referred to being promoted to a higher-paying position in his company]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Tarrlok's treatment of non-benders is similar to this, especially as of the most episode.
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A cornerstone of the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates USA]] central-government policy from [[TurnOfTheMillennium late September 2001]] 'till... well, now, [[PyrrhicVictory sort of.]] The 'War on Terror' is not a war in the conventional sense, but is the collective name given to the USA government's attempts -- with the help of various parties including UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and the [[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations UN]] -- to prevent small groups of l individuals from killing its citizens. The 'war' has brought out the uglier side of the USA given its willingness to use morally dubious means -- chiefly the torture, indefinite imprisonment, and execution of (mostly foreign) suspects without trial -- and actively kill thousands of other countries' citizens to save her own. The USA has lost several thousand soldiers in its much-criticized military expeditions to UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}}, which when paired with its loss of 3,000 civilians in the attack on UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity's World Trade Center[[note]]A skyscraper complex on Wall Street[[/note]] on the 11th of September 2001, gives a total of over 10,000 US citizens dead.

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A cornerstone of the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates USA]] central-government policy from [[TurnOfTheMillennium late September 2001]] 'till... well, now, [[PyrrhicVictory sort of.]] The 'War on Terror' is not a war in the conventional sense, but is the collective name given to the USA government's attempts -- with the help of various parties including UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and the [[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations UN]] -- to prevent small groups of l private individuals from killing its citizens. The 'war' has brought out the uglier side of the USA given its willingness to use morally dubious means -- chiefly the torture, indefinite imprisonment, and execution of (mostly foreign) suspects without trial -- and actively kill thousands of other countries' citizens to save her own. The USA has lost several thousand soldiers in its much-criticized military expeditions to UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}}, which when paired with its loss of 3,000 civilians in the attack on UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity's World Trade Center[[note]]A skyscraper complex on Wall Street[[/note]] on the 11th of September 2001, gives a total of over 10,000 US citizens dead.
7th Feb '18 2:21:42 PM Fireblood
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A cornerstone of the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates USA]] central-government policy from [[TurnOfTheMillennium late September 2001]] 'till... well, now, [[PyrrhicVictory sort of.]] The 'War on Terror' is not a war in the conventional sense, but is the collective name given to the USA government's attempts -- with the help of various parties including UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and the [[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations UN]] -- to prevent small groups of private individuals from killing its citizens. The 'war' has brought out the uglier side of the USA given its willingness to use morally dubious means -- chiefly the torture, indefinite imprisonment, and execution of (mostly foreign) suspects without trial -- and actively kill thousands of other countries' citizens to save her own. The USA has lost several thousand soldiers in its much-criticized military expeditions to UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}}, which when paired with its loss of 3,000 civilians in the attack on UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity's World Trade Center[[note]]A skyscraper complex on Wall Street[[/note]] on the 11th of September 2001, gives a total of over 10,000 US citizens dead.

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A cornerstone of the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates USA]] central-government policy from [[TurnOfTheMillennium late September 2001]] 'till... well, now, [[PyrrhicVictory sort of.]] The 'War on Terror' is not a war in the conventional sense, but is the collective name given to the USA government's attempts -- with the help of various parties including UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and the [[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations UN]] -- to prevent small groups of private l individuals from killing its citizens. The 'war' has brought out the uglier side of the USA given its willingness to use morally dubious means -- chiefly the torture, indefinite imprisonment, and execution of (mostly foreign) suspects without trial -- and actively kill thousands of other countries' citizens to save her own. The USA has lost several thousand soldiers in its much-criticized military expeditions to UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}}, which when paired with its loss of 3,000 civilians in the attack on UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity's World Trade Center[[note]]A skyscraper complex on Wall Street[[/note]] on the 11th of September 2001, gives a total of over 10,000 US citizens dead.



Strictly speaking, Iran is actually a separate issue from the true "war on terror" -- Iranians aren't Arabs but Persians, they don't speak Arabic but Farsi, and they're Shias not Sunni -- they're lumped in these days because of two main reasons. One: the apparent threat, real or otherwise, of the regime in Tehran. Two: they're seen as AmbiguouslyBrown and live in the same general direction (exactly between Afghanistan and Iraq, in fact): which is enough for [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement certain startlingly poorly educated people]] in high positions to overlook the differences.

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Strictly speaking, Iran is actually a separate issue from the true "war on terror" -- Iranians largely aren't Arabs but Persians, they don't speak Arabic but Farsi, and they're Shias not Sunni -- they're lumped in these days because of two main reasons. One: the apparent threat, real or otherwise, of the regime in Tehran. Two: they're seen as AmbiguouslyBrown and live in the same general direction (exactly between Afghanistan and Iraq, in fact): which is enough for [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement certain startlingly poorly educated people]] in high positions to overlook the differences.



** On the other hand, Arab combatants such as the Taliban and Al-Qaeda are often criticized for [[NotSoDifferent antisemitic policies]], [[NoWomansLand sexism]], intolerance for any religion that [[TheFundamentalist isn't their specific branch of Islam]], and [[BuryYourGays homophobia]] themselves.

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** On the other hand, Arab Islamic combatants such as the Taliban and Al-Qaeda are often criticized for [[NotSoDifferent antisemitic policies]], [[NoWomansLand sexism]], intolerance for any religion that [[TheFundamentalist isn't their specific branch of Islam]], and [[BuryYourGays homophobia]] themselves.
6th Feb '18 12:45:43 PM Xtifr
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* ''[[Literature/AngelInTheWhirlwind The Oncoming Storm]]'' by Christopher Nuttall seemingly has the Occupation of Cadiz as a counterpart to the Iraq War. The [[TheKingdom Commonwealth of Tyre]] annexed the Cadiz system for geopolitical reasons (it's unimportant but strategically located in the face of a coming confrontation with the {{Theocracy}}). At present the occupation is a clusterfuck of corporate interests, under-equipped troops, HeadInTheSandManagement, and [[LaResistance a bloody insurgency]].

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* ''[[Literature/AngelInTheWhirlwind The Oncoming Storm]]'' by Christopher Nuttall seemingly has the Occupation of Cadiz as a counterpart to the Iraq War. The [[TheKingdom Commonwealth of Tyre]] Tyre annexed the Cadiz system for geopolitical reasons (it's unimportant but strategically located in the face of a coming confrontation with the {{Theocracy}}). At present the occupation is a clusterfuck of corporate interests, under-equipped troops, HeadInTheSandManagement, and [[LaResistance a bloody insurgency]].
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