In this excerpt from "Inside Assad's Syria" -- FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith's surreal journey inside government-controlled areas of the war-torn country -- Smith sits down for lunch with the commander of a pro-regime militia, who explains why he fights for Assad.
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