Disinfo: White Helmets use a “humanitarian mask” as a cover for their criminal activities

Summary

The White Helmets are a weapon of the British and American intelligence services, and its founder, British intelligence officer James Le Mesurier, was killed in “mysterious circumstances” near his house in Istanbul last November.

The organisation takes the “humanitarian mask” as a cover for its criminal activities, in cooperation with the Jabhat al-Nusra organisation, which controls the vast majority of the Idlib governorate.

Disproof

An example of many disinformation and propagandist claims about the White Helmets. Pro-Kremlin media routinely accuse the White Helmets of “working for terrorists” and being a creation of the Western intelligence services. No evidence is given to support these claims.

The "White Helmets" movement originated in Syria in 2012. The organisation, which is made up of 3,400 volunteers including teachers, engineers, tailors and firefighters, states that it has no affiliation to any political or military actor and is committed to rendering services to anyone in need. Volunteers save people from the rubble after bombings, despite the danger of dying themselves as a result of repeated air strikes.

White Helmets' activists have documented the use of chemical weapons in Syria, later confirmed by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Thus, OPCW said it found reasonable grounds to believe that chlorine was used as a weapon in the Douma district of Eastern Ghouta, Syria in April 2018. Because of its activities, the White Helmets have become the target of an extensive Russian disinformation campaign.

Read previous disinformation claims alleging that France, UK, and the US support terrorists in Syria, that evidence confirms chemical attacks in Syria were falsified by the White Helmets, and that the chemical attacks in Syria have been staged and filmed by the media of the Western countries.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: UK, US, Syria
  • Keywords: White Helmets, Intelligence services, Syrian War, Conspiracy

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