Assad Pardons Former Syrian Militants
RTD’s documentary on amnestied Syrian fighters offers exclusive footage of life in a military camp for those who’ve returned to the Syrian government’s army.
Some went AWOL and risked punishment, and others were members of radical Islamic groups such as Al-Nusra or ISIS. They have taken advantage of the amnesty offered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to deserters and rebel fighters who lay down their weapons.
The young men share harrowing stories of what brought them to the camp. Fellow soldiers struggle to trust each other: what if a recruit was the one who killed their brother? For them, the amnesty offers a chance for a fresh start, fighting to protect their homeland.