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The Designated Terrorist and the Fight Over the Future of Syria’s Last Opposition Stronghold
In 'The Jihadist,' Martin Smith becomes the first Western journalist to interview Syrian militant Abu Mohammad al-Jolani and investigates his rebranding efforts.
June 1, 2021
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The Jihadist
Designated a terrorist by the United States, the powerful Syrian militant Abu Mohammad al-Jolani now seeks a new relationship with the West.
June 1, 2021
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Explore nearly two decades of reporting from FRONTLINE on America’s longest war.
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Syrian Militant and Former Al Qaeda Leader Seeks Wider Acceptance in First Interview With U.S. Journalist
Abu Mohammad al-Jolani is the leader of the most dominant force in opposition-held Syrian territory. He’s also designated a terrorist by the U.S. In his first interview with an American journalist, he claims his group poses no threat to the United States and the West.
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The arrests were a rare sign of progress in an investigation critics say has moved too slowly, while the assassination squads operate with impunity — as reported in our recent documentary "Iraq's Assassins."
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Episode 10: "It's all behind me now"
Matthew talks about his escape, his future and how he feared he’d never see America again.
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