US Officially Resumes Funding For The White Helmets In Syria

In a somewhat surprising but not entirely unpredictable turn, President Trump has authorized new funding for the White Helmets which had previously been put on hold. 

A State Department press release puts the initial funding figure at $6.6 million to continue what it calls "the vital, life-saving operations of the Syrian Civil Defense, more commonly known as the White Helmets." Elsewhere on the State Department's website the group is referenced as "first responders" in Syria; however, it remains an indisputable fact that the group only operates in al-Qaeda and anti-Assad insurgent held territory.

The statement continues: "The United States Government strongly supports the White Helmets who have saved more than 100,000 lives since the conflict began including victims of Assad's chemical weapons attacks."

In early May the Trump State Department froze funding to the controversial aid group which had provided the sole evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly used chemical weapons on his own people in an April 7 attack on the city of Douma. 

The prior funding freeze dealt a huge blow to the group's reputation, already long under fire after multiple videos emerged proving the White Helmets operate closely alongside know al-Qaeda terrorist groups, and have even participated in al-Qaeda execution videos typically in a support role of disposing the bodies. 

As CBS News reported at the time:

Having not received U.S. funding in recent weeks, White Helmets are questioning what this means for the future. They have received no formal declaration from the U.S. government that the monetary assistance has come to a full halt, but the group's people on the ground in Syria report that their funds have been cut off. 

Much speculation abounded at the time over whether the freeze was a bureaucratic error in paperwork, or whether it was the result of the White House adopting a different view of the scandal-laden group.

Screenshots from a four-minute video documents that the US government has been lying about the White Helmets' role as mere "first responders". Above they are seen assisting al-Nusra Front (AQ in Syria) in an execution which the group later owned up to. 

After all in 2016 the US State Department had blocked entrance into the United States by Raed Saleh, the head of the White Helmets, and refused to say why. Saleh had been invited to receive in NYC an award by USAID and NGOs that the US government finances, but he was barred at the airport, apparently because the FBI had placed him onto its no-fly list as a known terrorist.

For this reason many analysts who have been critical of the group's known terror ties and penchant for "enhancing" and possibly staging videos were hopeful that Trump had changed his tune concerning the group. In the summer of 2017 Trump announced he was shutting down the CIA covert program to aid rebels in Syria after he saw a shocking video of CIA-supported fighters decapitating a young boy in Aleppo.

In an irony which will surely be lost on all mainstream pundits, the very group featured in the appalling beheading video which reportedly caused Trump to nix the CIA program, Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki, has been filmed in multiple UK Channel 4 broadcasts working closely with the White Helmets

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Concerning last April's alleged Assad chemical attack, the evidence provided by the White Helmets was used by the West to justify several airstrikes on Syrian scientific and military facilities throughout April - the first one conducted on Syria's T4 airbase by Israel 48 hours after the White Helmets' report. Many Douma residents, meanwhile - including Hospital personnel, say the chemical attack never happened.

The White Helmets are a 3,000 member NGO formally known as the Syrian Civil Defense. Established in "late 2012 - early 2013" after a group of 20 Syrians were trained and organized by former British army officer James Le Mesurier. The group then received funding from Le Mesurier's Netherlands-based non-profit group, Mayday Rescue - which is in turn funded by grants from the Dutch, British, Danish and German governments.

The US has in the past provided at least $32 million to the group - around 1/3 of their total funding - through a USAID scheme orchestrated by the Obama State Department and funneled to the White Helmets using a Washington D.C. contractor participating in USAID's Syria regional program, Chemonics. 

According to their website, the White Helmets have been directly funded by Mayday Rescue, and a company called Chemonics, since 2014.

Yet there’s evidence that both of those organizations started supporting the White Helmets back in early 2013, right around the time the White Helmets claim to have formed as self-organized groups.

Mayday Rescue, as we said, is funded by the Dutch, British, Danish and German governments. And Chemonics?

They are a Washington, D.C. based contractor that was awarded $128.5 million in January 2013 to support “a peaceful transition to a democratic and stable Syria” as part of USAID’s Syria regional program. At least $32 million has been given directly to the White Helmets as of February 2018. -TruthInMedia

So the US, Dutch, British, Danish and German governments have been funding the White Helmets, a non-governmental organization, through proxies for around five years.

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Meanwhile Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov warned early this week that US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces are planning a "serious provocation" aimed at justifying a new round of Western coalition missile attacks against Syrian government bases and facilities.

Russia says it is aware of the existence of a video which will be used to "prove" an Assad chemical attack, similar to the videos which have emerged in past events. 

Konashenkov, in a statement carried by Russian state-run TASS and subsequently featured in a One America News report, said "According to the information confirmed through three independent channels in Syria, the command of the so-called ‘Free Syrian Army’ aided by the forces of the US special ops units are preparing a serious provocation involving chemical warfare agents in the Deir ez-Zor province."

Russia has in the past pointed the finger at the White Helmets from staging such "provocations". 

"After being published in western media a staged video is set to initiate a missile strike on Syria’s state facilities by the US-led coalition and justify an offensive operation by militants against Syrian governmental forces on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River," he said, adding that Russia’s Defense Ministry warns that the use of such provocations for destabilization of the environment on the Syrian territory is unacceptable.

Perhaps today's announcement of the resumption of US funding for the White Helmets is merely the beginning of another major "event" which will justify more Western military intervention in Syria?

Comments

Klassenfeind FireBrander Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:51 Permalink

Trump busy draining the swamp again?

Check out what Trump says about Russia in this recent interview on board Air Force One in Singapore with Brett Baier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DR9wT4PQ-E&t=10m41s

Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin: "Would you do me a favour and get out of Syria? Would you do me a favour and get out of the Ukraine? Get out of the Ukraine, you shouldn't be there."

Right, but US troops of course SHOULD be in Syria? And US warships SHOULD be patrolling the Black Sea close to the Ukraine? The US SHOULD be flying war planes over areas of the South China Sea, thousands of miles away from home?

Ok Trump fanboys, go ahead with the flaming and red kudos again!

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FBaggins PrayingMantis Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:12 Permalink

Two courageous independent journalists exposed the Al Qaeda US-UK-Israeli-supported sham White Helmets last year, and the mainstream media just continues with their outright lies.  

Western media lies about Syria exposed (Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1VNQGsiP8M&t=10s

Vanessa Beeley Exposes the White Helmets

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQL3rX6xWRg

When someone lies to you with obvious lies then they have nothing but contempt for you. That is what the Western media is doing all the time to us ordinary people they milk and treat like shit. According to some sources from the recent Bilderberg meeting we are now living in a “post-truth” age, and the establishment, the elites, our governments, all of them, believe they have an absolute right to tell us any lies they want on any subject that suits them, whether or not it is about their never-ending unjust wars and atrocities, their see-through false-flag operations,  their preposterous fake science and history, their debt-rigging Federal Reserve ponzi scheme, or their constant stream of BS  fake-news and propaganda. Without the truth the people cannot can make responsible decisions and there is no freedom or real democracy. Knowledge is power reserved for the elite dictatorship which governs us.  

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FBaggins FBaggins Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:39 Permalink

More issues concerning establishment deception:

The ‘Real’ America: 21.5% Unemployment, 10% Inflation, And Negative Economic Growth

Michael Snyder — The Economic Collapse, June 13, 2018

http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=171624

 

The Gay "lifestyle"

June 12, 2018 - Insightful and telling: E. Michael Jones on why the elite are promoting the gay “lifestyle”

http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=171617

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tmosley BennyBoy Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:41 Permalink

Remember the last two times Trump bombed Syria?

If Trump wanted all out war in Syria, we would have had it long ago. He had all the justification he needed, even if it was obvious false flags. You think another obvious false flag is going to cause him to take us to full scale war in Syria? Think about it for five minutes.

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el buitre BennyBoy Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:53 Permalink

Well, somebody has to pay for the fucking chlorine.  I see that they switched to chlorine form sarin, because some people noticed that the White Helmets weren't wearing hazmat suits when they were "treating" the children and should have been dead in 30 seconds.  It was either buy and train these al Qaeda proxy miscreants with hazmat or switch to chlorine.  According to Russian intelligence, the video has already been filmed, and someone's gotta pay the actors also.  They think we are soooooo stupid.  Well they got the majority of Americans believing the 9/11 official story for 17 years, so they are probably right.  Sadly, they did ship in a lot of chlorine, so al Qaeda in cooperation with US Special Forces (special in the sense of úber psychopathic) may be planning to do a real mass killing as opposed to a simple video hoax like the last two.

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gatorengineer tmosley Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:20 Permalink

Mosley, Its Ok, there is a 12 step program for recovering Trump supporters....  I am one of them, you can see our support group Group growing here daily, as more people awaken to the swamp and the Fraud that is/ was Q........  Actions like this are unsupportable, Actions like IG report from an Obowel IG is another.  Flippity, Flip, Flop, Flop on Trade is a third......  The list like the energizer bunny keeps going and going.... Does that mean that I am going to vote D next time or not vote, no it doesnt... But I at least realize I got snowed big time.

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raging-chihuahua tmosley Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:42 Permalink

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THIS is an important week here in the SPAMMER's BUNKHOUSE (the leaking moldy single-wide in the trailer park).  This week I (we?) are celebrating SEVEN YEARS here on ZH, obsessively SPAMMING every thread we can with off-topic comments.  You see, there are dozens of "personalities" living in this one single sad SPAMMER's sick little mind, which he calls "Spammer's Bunkhouse."  How sick is that? 

Each of "us" (these innumerable fake log-on's) is represented by an ACTION FIGURE that Master Spammer ("DARWIN" is his name -- can you believe that?)  lines up on his kitchen counter and TALKS TO!!  WHACK JOB!!!

 

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>>  All the porn at Celebrity-leaks: that's me.
>>  Daily Westerner: that's me.

>>  "In the news....SPAMMER broomsticked by furious readers" -- registered in Nigeria) :: that's me TOO!! 

That's our life (all of us living in Master Spammer's Mind): mopping the floor at the Porn Cinema at 2am, working the French Frier at SONIC (demoted from the drive-thru window 'cuz my ZIT-covered face scared the customers), sucking cock on the Internet, and spamming ZH with an enormous Excel spreadsheet of the log-on's of dozens of "digital friends" who upvote one another and virtually suck my little micro penis..

MEET my current imaginary friends.  We all live in one SPAMMER's HEAD (and as ACTION FIGURES on his kitchen counter) but as for me, I have gone off the reservation.  These other "personalities" are pretty troubled.

ll951983  <<< NEWBIE  sucks cock on the Internet -- joined "The Fallen"
Wadalt
Leakanthrophy
PrivetHedge
bobcatz
Jumanji1959
Annunaki
sanctificado
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Cheoll   <<<  NEWBIE

Mr Hankey  [R.I.P]   <<<  total utter WHACK JOB  -- joined "The Fallen"
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VZ58 tmosley Thu, 06/14/2018 - 16:17 Permalink

Meanwhile you should just STFU. You seem to like getting penetrated from behind like the rest of the idiots who blindly bend over in anticipation anytime the USA does anything. How are Trump's policies in hte ME anything but a BJ for Israel? Tell me again how the USA? the world is benefitting?

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