Amnesty in Wartime – Assad Pardons Former Syrian Militants

RT reports from inside Syria, covering in this timely documentary the peaceful resolution of armed conflict between the Syrian Government and armed rebel groups through amnesty. Amnesty agreements have given fighters the opportunity to return to their normal lives in exchange for laying down their arms. These amnesty deals have been successful in restoring peace to broken cities and giving a respite from violence for some civilians, who are living through the worst conflict of the 21st century. Nearly 500,000 have been killed and millions displaced internally and abroad. Foreign fighters continue to join the ranks of the most hardline Islamist groups, but amnesty affords native Syrians a chance to leave the life of violence against the government and the citizens behind.

Syrian officer speaking to his soldiers about his hopes for the Civil War in 2016

Syrian officer speaking to his soldiers about his hopes for the Civil War in 2016

Amnesty agreements remains a controversial settlement for some Syrian. Some citizens disagree with the policy, believing that rebels who have betrayed their nation can never return to normal life. Others are more forgiving, but are suspicious of a policy that puts former-rebels into Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uniforms, if they hadn’t completed their military service before the war. Many Syrians who received amnesty are eager to prove their worth in battle for their Motherland. President Assad considers amnesty agreements a success, and more important than the ongoing political process, where rebels have focused on contriving a case for Assad’s departure and pleading for diplomatic and military support from foreign governments.

 

Watch the latest interview granted by President Bashar al-Assad to a Western News Outlet – NBC

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