Disinfo: The White Helmets are organising a false flag provocation in Idlib, Syria


The White Helmets are organising a false flag provocation in Idlib, Syria. The Russian Ministry of Defence has evidence that the White Helmets militant group has arrived in North-East Syria to organise a provocation and accuse Syrian government forces of attacking settlements in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

The Russian army has observed an increase in the operations of the Tahrir Al-Sham terrorist group in the village of Al-Fuah, north-east of Idlib. Members of the White Helmets have also been observed there.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying the White Helmets as a Western-backed terrorist proxy and, implicitly, denying the responsibility of the Assad regime for chemical attacks perpetrated during the Syrian civil war.

There is no evidence to support the article’s claim that the White Helmets are planning a false -flag attack in Idlib.

As early as February 2020, the Russia Centre for Syria Reconciliation had already announced, without providing evidence in this regard, that it had evidence of the preparation of a chemical false flag attack in Idlib by the White Helmets. The White Helmets have been repeatedly accused by the Syrian regime as being responsible for chemical attacks during the war in Syria. To date, there is no evidence linking the White Helmets to these attacks.

Click here for more information about the disinformation campaign against the White Helmets.

Read more disinformation cases on chemical attacks in Syria here and here, and other cases claiming that the White Helmets used chemical weapons in Syria in order to accuse the Assad government and that the White Helmets have falsified chemical attacks evidence.


  • Reported in: Issue 233
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Italian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Syria
  • Keywords: White Helmets, Idlib, Terrorism, false flag, Syrian War
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