Set up in 2013 by an "ex" British military intelligence office, and financed primarily by the British government, the White Helmets have masqueraded as "first responders" exclusively in terrorist held areas of Syria.
As we have demonstrated through two years of reporting, in partnership with 21st Century Wire, it is impossible to separate the White Helmets from various al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups in Syria.
To date, Boris Johnson has provided terrorist groups in Syria with over £40 million of British taxpayers money, in the form of non-humanitarian aid.
Hold on - non-humanitarian aid? Why would the White Helmets, supposedly a humanitarian organisation, be given non-humanitarian aid?
It can only be because they are not a humanitarian organisation.
James le Mesurier, an ex British military intelligence officer, with $300,000 of seed funding from Japan, the U.K., and the U.S., runs a seven-day course in Turkey for 25 "vetted" Syrians.
The government announces the funding, plus a number of "UK trained 25 man teams" to "deliver training for new civil defenders".
The funding for the White Helmets was announced as part of a larger funding package which included:
- over £67m of "support" to the "Syrian opposition"
- over £3m to "support the elimination of Assad’s chemical weapons"
- over £29m to "reduce the impacts of the conflict on the region"
Raed Saleh meets London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Peter Cowup, who organises for redundant Brigade rescue equipment to be supplied to the White Helmets.
As part of a £2.3 billion funding package to Syria, Boris Johnson announces a further £32 million in non-humanitarian aid.
Money raised from the single will go to the Jo Cox Foundation "which supports a range of charities", including the White Helmets.