Disinfo: White Helmets plotting false-flag chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib


The White Helmets are plotting a new false-flag chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib. The Western-backed, pseudo-humanitarian group will then pin the responsibility on the Syrian government.

Last March, the ‘civil defence’ organisation cooperated with the intelligence services of France and Belgium to stage a similar provocation in the same area. In April 2018, the group staged a chemical attack in the city of Douma.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative blaming Western governments and organizations for "false-flag attacks" in Syria, and painting the White Helmets as terrorists and war criminals.

The report provides zero proof to support the allegation. It even refers to the alleged plot as a "new" attack, alluding to Moscow's earlier and equally outlandish claims. Available evidence on chemical attacks in Syria, however, has yet to link a single incident to any other party than the Assad regime.

It also remains unexplained why, according to the misinforming outlet, the White Helmets would choose to perpetrate real chemical attacks in one city, but stage fake ones in another. See our recent debunking of Moscow's Douma-related narrative here.

See here for our debunking of the claim that France and Belgium were preparing a false-flag attack of their own.


  • Reported in: Issue 148
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Syria
  • Keywords: false flag, Douma, Idlib, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War


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.

see more

Kurt Volker is funded by Poroshenko

US special envoy to the Ukraine, Kurt Volker, is drawing a salary from John McCain’s think tank, which is funded by George Soros and a DC lobbying firm (BGR) working for Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko.



The article advances the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative painting Ukraine as a failing vassal state, governed by US-sponsored figureheads since the 2013-14 "coup."

In its opening sentence alone, it manages to implicate Kurt Volker, John McCain, George Soros, Washington lobbyists, and Ukrainian President Poroshenko -- "among others" -- in a grand conspiracy which has aimed to demonise and isolate Russia since its annexation of Crimea in March 2014, and emphasise the corrupt nature of Kyiv's relationship with Washington.

The “White Helmets” are preparing new provocations in Syria

The “White Helmets”, together with the terrorists Dzhebhat an-Nusra, are preparing another provocation using chemical weapons in the province of Idlib. The main goal, as in previous cases, is to blame the Syrian army to discredit officials in Damascus.


No evidence given. This is also a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative of crimes and hoaxes perpetrated by the White Helmets.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation has claimed that both the 2017 attack in Khan Sheikhoun and 2018 in Douma were faked. A UN-OPCW Joint Investigation found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Sheikhoun.

White Helmets admit staging chemical attacks in Syria

At least 40 members of the White Helmets, the notorious Western group posing as volunteer rescue workers, admitted that they had taken part in the staging of chemical attacks in Syria, according to a new study conducted by the Foundation for the Study of Democracy and unveiled at the UN. The fake attacks were designed to lay the blame on — and provoke armed retaliation against — the Syrian government.

The study also casts considerable doubt on the accuracy of OPCW reports concerning the alleged chemical attack in Douma, noting that the fact-finding mission based its conclusions on “falsified facts and untrustworthy or unidentified sources”.


This report advances recurring pro-Kremlin narratives which, respectively, paint the White Helmets as terrorists and/or war criminals; give the lie to OPCW findings which challenge the rhetoric of Moscow or its allies; deny the occurrence of the April 2018 chemical attack in Douma.

The "study" in question is a PowerPoint presentation created by the Foundation for the Study of Democracy, which the report presents as an independent organization. The Foundation is in fact a Russia-based GONGO (government-organized NGO) (p.28) led by Maksim Grigoriev and forms part of the so-called Civic Chamber, established in 2005 to simulate state engagement with civil society.