Disinfo: Terrorist-linked White Helmets stage false-flag chemical attacks in Syria

Summary

Despite being hailed as fearless rescue workers, the White Helmets have been accused of partnering with Al-Qaeda. Operating exclusively in rebel-held territory, the group’s members have been photographed posing with jihadists and have been accused of staging chemical weapons attacks to draw in Western forces against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the White Helmets and chemical attacks in Syria.

Allegations of "staged" chemical attacks are part and parcel of the ongoing campaign by Syria and Russia to smear the White Helmets as terrorists and war criminals. However, available evidence has yet to link a single chemical attack to any other party than the Assad regime.

For more information about the importance of the White Helmets in pro-Kremlin disinformation regarding the Syrian war, see herehere, and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Syria
  • Keywords: false flag, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War, Terrorism, Bashar al-Assad

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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