×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

ABC News Will Air Diane Sawyer ISIS Investigation on Friday’s ’20/20′

ABC News and Diane Sawyer aim to provide context for this week’s tragic terrorist attack in New York City by unveiling details of an investigation into how ISIS targets young Americans online.

On Friday’s “20/20,” Sawyer will present the results of a probe into how ISIS recruits people and what makes them vulnerable. Sawyer and a team of producers have been looking into the subject for more than a year, and the anchor will try to explain why some people want to become terrorists, and whether they are motivated by politics, religion or other factors.

The program will air Friday, November 3, at 10 p.m. eastern on ABC.

The special edition of “20/20” features exclusives with teenage American recruits, former ISIS members and parents who have had to turn in and track down their children. Sawyer goes inside investigations with law enforcement to analyze surveillance video and tapes. And she also reports on the efforts of technology companies to counter ISIS propaganda on social media and encrypted sites that flourish on the dark web. David Sloan is the senior executive producer on the project.

Sawyer talks to the teenage son of a retired Marine captain from a Christian home in North Carolina who went from winning trophies at school sports to planning a terrorist attack after connecting with a top ISIS recruiter; three teenage girls who secretly booked a flight to join ISIS after being seduced online with a promise of paradise; and a couple from Mississippi – an honor student who was a soccer player and his pre-med cheerleader Baptist girlfriend – who tried to join ISIS.

Since 2014, there have been 13 violent ISIS-inspired attacks in the United States motivated in part by ISIS propaganda online, killing more than 70 people and injuring more than 100. With 1,000 investigations and 146 federal cases across the country, young Americans from different backgrounds and religions are charged with trying to join the forces of terror. Of those, 40% are not born Muslim, 89% are male, and the most common age is 20 years old, according to the Center on National Security, Fordham University School of Law.

More TV

  • Greg KinnearPhoto Call with Greg Kinnear,

    Greg Kinnear Cast in Amazon Comedy Pilot 'Good People' From Lee Daniels, Whitney Cummings

    Greg Kinnear has signed on to star in the Amazon comedy pilot from Lee Daniels and Whitney Cummings, Variety has learned. Kinnear joins previously announced cast members Lisa Kudrow and Cummings, the latter of whom is co-writing the series with Lee Daniels in addition to starring and executive producing. Titled “Good People,” the half-hour project [...]

  • WGA Agency Packaging Fight Placeholder Writer

    Gersh Agency Stirs Ire After Canceling Network Meeting for Former Client

    In a sign of hostility in the war between the WGA and Hollywood’s largest talent agencies, Gersh Agency has come under fire from TV and film writers for canceling a network meeting that it had arranged for a now-former client. Writer Jorge Reyes disclosed the incident in a series of tweets on Monday. Reyes asserted [...]

  • THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE

    TV News Roundup: 'Dark Crystal' Series at Netflix Sets Summer Premiere Date

    In today’s roundup, Netflix announces the premiere date for “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.” DATES “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” the prequel series to the original fantasy film, will premiere on Netflix on Aug. 30. Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel will voice the three Gelfling heroes, once again portrayed as animated puppets, named Rian, Brea and [...]

  • Reed Morano shot by Celeste Sloman

    Reed Morano, Amazon's 'The Power' Drop Georgia Over Abortion Bill

    Reed Morano has decided to no longer film any scenes from Amazon Studios’ “The Power” in Georgia, following the signing of the state’s anti-abortion bill that would restrict abortions beyond the point of detection of a fetal heartbeat, which typically occurs around six weeks of pregnancy. “The Power” canceled interviews with those working in local [...]

  • Jeff Daniels MSNBC

    Jeff Daniels Says 'It's the End of Democracy' if Trump Gets Re-Elected

    Jeff Daniels took a swipe at President Donald Trump and the GOP during an appearance on MSNBC on Monday. Daniels spoke with Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC about his role as Atticus Finch in the Broadway production of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a story about racial politics and discrimination in 1930s Alabama, and spent the segment [...]

  • Bryan Cogman

    'Game of Thrones' Alum Bryan Cogman Boards 'Lord of the Rings' Series at Amazon

    Bryan Cogman is trading one iconic fantasy world for another. Cogman, who most recently worked as a writer and co-executive producer on “Game of Thrones,” has signed on to consult on the upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series at Amazon, Variety has learned from sources. He will work alongside the writing team of JD Payne and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content