The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 27th July 2018

White Helmets on the run

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

THE ‘White Helmets’ have fled from southern Syria with the help of their friends in Israel and Jordan. Some members of the terrorist-backed ‘civil defence’ may now be given asylum in France, Germany and Canada, but most of them will probably come to Britain.

These bogus ‘aid workers’, who were portrayed as humanitarian heroes in the bourgeois media, fled last weekend to avoid interrogation by the Syrian and Russian authorities who have accused them of war-crimes during the conflict. Syrian sources say the key goal of the evacuation of the White Helmets was to not allow forces of the Syrian-Russian-Iranian alliance to question members of the organisation over its activities coordinated with Western intelligences.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned what it called a “criminal operation” by Israel to evacuate hundreds of White Helmets civil ‘rescue’ workers and their families from southern Syria, and added that the operation had laid bare the true nature of the White Helmets’ activity that Damascus had always warned about. The ministry also noted that by helping to evacuate the White Helmets, the USA, Britain, Jordan, Germany and Canada were assisting terrorists. The highest Sunni Muslim authority in Syria, the Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun has, in turn, said that the White Helmets are “war criminals” and urged the Syrian and Russian government to prosecute them.

Hundreds of White Helmets were escorted out of southern Syria by Israeli forces at the request of the Americans and their allies following a NATO summit last week amidst the progress the Syrian government is making in regaining control over the rebel-controlled regions. They were then convoyed to Jordan.

The liberation of southern Syria followed lengthy negotiations with rebel militias that ended with some laying down their arms in return for an amnesty whilst others opted to be evacuated to the rebel-held Idlib enclave in the north of the country which, at the moment, exists under the protection of the Turkish army. But the sectarian fanatics are still holding out in villages along the cease-fire line with Israel in the Golan Heights launching deadly suicide attacks in Sweida, a town near the border with Jordan.

The White Helmets are a NATO-backed front that was set up by a British intelligence officer in 2014. They posed as an independent search and rescue service dedicated to helping civilians caught up in the Syrian civil war. But, in reality, they only operated with the blessing of the sectarian gunmen in terrorist-held areas. And according to the Syrian, Russian and Iranian governments and independent researchers, they were involved in staging bogus poison gas attacks and other propaganda operations in order to assist the US-led bloc in its attempts to overthrow the popular-front government in Damascus.

The White Helmets organisation gained notoriety after it posted videos on the internet showing men in camouflage rescuing children from under the rubble of bombed-out buildings. But it soon emerged that the White Helmets were staging videos where made-up ‘victims’ of alleged chemical attacks had been instructed what to say on camera. They have also been accused of committing atrocities, including torture and murder, at the behest of the Syrian wing of Al Qaeda.

The White Helmets were founded by James Le Mesurier, a former British army . intelligence officer, who has taken part in various British and NATO deployments in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Lebanon. So it’s not surprising that most of them will end up here. They will, doubtless, be of further use to British intelligence in the futureā€¦