White Helmets

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.

10 March
British security specialist establishes White Helmets
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.
1 December
UK Government announces £15 million non-humanitarian aid for White Helmets

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"
3 February
London Fire Brigade hosts Raed Saleh, leader of the White Helmets
Raed Saleh meets London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Peter Cowup, who organises for redundant Brigade rescue equipment to be supplied to the White Helmets.
27 September
Boris Johnson announces £32 million in non-humanitarian aid for 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.
12 December
Philip Hammond waives VAT on Jo Cox single, raising money for White Helmets
Money raised from the single will go to the Jo Cox Foundation "which supports a range of charities", including the White Helmets.