Syrian White Helmets a ‘terrorist support group & Western propaganda tool’

© Sameer Al-Doumy
Created out of militants who invaded Aleppo, the Western-funded White Helmets is a terrorist support group fraudulently masquerading as a humanitarian organization to undermine Syrian government, says independent researcher and journalist Vanessa Beeley.

The propaganda from the rebel-held eastern Aleppo is produced by a number of organizations and individuals who are sponsored by the West, with the White Helmets being the largest among them, Beeley told RT. But the White Helmets are not the heroes that the mainstream media is trying to make of them.

“This organization is a fraudulent shadow-state construct created by NATO to simply propagate the propaganda that will demonize Assad’s government and also demonize Russian legal intervention in Syria,” said the journalist, who recently returned from Syria.

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“From all the information that we’ve received they are acting as terrorist support group,” she added, “in the sense of bringing equipment, arms, even funding, into Syria.”

“They claim to be an impartial, neutral NGO. They are, in fact, multi-million funded by the US, the UK Foreign Office, by Japan, Denmark, Germany, Holland and France,” added Beeley. In his interview with RT last week, the chief liaison officer of the White Helmets Abdulrahman Al Mawwas personally confirmed that the group was sponsored by the Western governments.

Beeley emphasized that the White Helmets were “formed by a British [consultant] James Le Mesurier, in 2013. They are trained by him. He has a background in private security work, including connection back to Blackwater, which is one of the best known private security firms that was used by the CIA… as an outreach assassination organization.”

“They’re not trained in Syria,” she added. “They’re trained in Gaziantep in Turkey; and then they’re implanted into areas like east Aleppo, areas that are under heavy conflict.”

An emergency worker with the legitimate Syrian Civil Defense told Beeley that the White Helmets “grew out of the militant factions that invaded Aleppo in 2012.”

“I spoke to the real Syrian Civil Defense, inside West Aleppo, that has been in existence since 1953. It’s the only Syria civil defense organization, which is registered with ICDO – International Civil Defense Organization – which has affiliations with the UN, WHO, Red Crescent and Red Cross. They told us that in 2012, when various militant factions infiltrated East Aleppo, they drove out the real Syria Civil Defense crew – they massacred many, they kidnapped others, they stole equipment, including all of the ambulances and three to five fire engines.”

The White Helmets do no humanitarian work, Beeley’s Syrian source said. “They’re very poorly trained in paramedic work,” Beeley, stressed. “He claimed that they drive around with guns in the back of their car, like every other terrorist there. They carry out and facilitate criminal activities in Eastern Aleppo.”

The White Helmets has been produced as a construct to “eradicate the Syrian state institutions,” Beeley reiterated.

“In other words it’s fraudulently masquerading as the Syria Civil Defense, because there’s an existing Syria Civil Defense, that is operating in both terrorist- and government-held areas, rescuing people from every sort of attack that’s going on inside Syria,” she explained. “This organization is fraudulent shadow state construct, created by NATO to simply propagate the propaganda that will demonize Assad’s government and also demonize Russian legal intervention in Syria.”

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