FRONTLINE: Syria's Second Front
Airs Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
FRONTLINE makes a dangerous trip to the battlefields of Syria, gaining exclusive access to rebel forces as they try to unify against extremist Islamic factions that have thwarted the fight against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
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With international peace efforts foundering and Western news organizations unable to safely report inside the country, journalist Muhammad Ali crosses into Syria to travel with moderate rebel commanders and fighters as they launch what they are calling “The Second Revolution,” this time against jihadis from the Al Qaeda-linked group known as ISIS. From inside the war zone, FRONTLINE gives the most timely view yet of this newest front in the Syrian revolution.
Also in this hour: a report from the besieged city of Aleppo, where more than 2,000 children have been killed in the fighting. This intimate portrait exposes what life is like for children who stay behind and are forced to adapt, as the world around them slips further into chaos.
“Rebel forces aren’t just fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad,” says Ali, who gained exclusive access to moderate rebel commanders and fighters while inside Syria. “They’re also vying for control against another enemy: a radical and notoriously brutal group known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that has gained a foothold in the country.”
Premiering Tuesday, February 11, 2014 on PBS, and online at pbs.org/frontline, "Syria’s Second Front" and "Children of Aleppo" are the latest installments of FRONTLINE’s in-depth reporting on the Syrian conflict ("The Battle for Syria," "Syria Undercover," and "Syria Behind the Lines").