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Trump Administration $5 Million For ‘Heroic’ White Helmets In Syria

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Trump Administration $5 Million For 'Heroic' White Helmets In Syria

ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE: Reuters / Khalil Ashawi

Actions of the administration of US President Donald Trump in Syria look more and more similar to those conducted by the Obama administration.

On March 14, State Department announced that the US intends to provide an additional funding of $5m to ‘heroic’ members of the so-called White Helmets, the group, which has become widely known thanks to its involvement in staged chemical attacks and large-scale media operations in support of al-Qaeda in Syria [Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and similar groups].

A full statement by the State Department (source):

At the direction of the President, subject to congressional approval, the United States intends to provide $5 million for the continuation of the vital, life-saving operations of the White Helmets in Syria and in support of the UN’s International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) which is charged with assisting the investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for the most serious crimes under International Law committed in Syria since March 2011. Today, at the third Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ambassador James Jeffrey publicly announced these contributions. In addition to those made last year, these contributions to the White Helmets and IIIM demonstrate the United States’ commitment and ongoing support for justice and accountability in Syria.

The United States Government strongly supports the work of the White Helmets. They have saved more than 114,000 lives since the conflict began, including victims of Assad’s vicious chemical weapons attacks. With over 2,800 volunteers, they continue to provide search and rescue, emergency response, and early recovery operations helping civilians in areas outside of the control of the regime.

These heroic first responders have the most dangerous job in the world. In addition to operating in an active war zone and in dire humanitarian circumstances, the Syrian regime and Russia deliberately target White Helmets’ centers and volunteers; since 2013 more than 250 White Helmets have been killed—many in so called “double-tap strikes”—and 60 White Helmets’ centers have been damaged or destroyed by Russian and regime airstrikes and the regime. Despite these dangers, the White Helmets provide these services based on strict humanitarian principles and have become a symbol in Syria and world-wide for these courageous values.

Taking into account a recent warning by the Russian side that militants in Syria’s Idlib zone have resumed preparations for staged chemical attacks, it can be expected that soon we will observe a new wave of anti-Syria, anti-Russia and anti-Iran propaganda.

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  • You can call me Al

    No comment.

  • goingbrokes

    IIIM = International, Independent and Impartial Mechanism

    Oh dear, like in so many things, what a body is called these days is pretty exactly what it is not.

    It’s like those silly jokes – “he’s a really clever guy – NOT!”

  • Brother Ma

    Given they did not provide so called medical help to both sides and were caught being accessories of the Turcoheadchoppers and their staged false chemical attacks they should not be considered as a charity by any person in the street. Let the politicians and idiots call them that but real people should know otherwise and call them out in public if and when they write into newspapers or blogs. White Helmets = sheepskins for Headchopper wolves hiding.

  • EmilyEnso

    So false flag gas attack on its way.
    Waste of US cash,
    The last one the ‘white helmets’ set up was a total transparent failure.

    • BMWA1

      5 milllion not enough for major op, is this ‘hush money_?

      • FlorianGeyer

        I was thinking exactly the same thing about ‘ Hush Money’.

        It makes perfect sense.

  • Promitheas Apollonious

    isn’t cloney making a movie about them to show how heroic they are?

  • Snowglobe

    Does this mean that the US is sending money to Canada to support the white helmets in their safe haven in Quebec? They were evacuated out with the help of Israel quite some time ago.

    There is a power struggle going on in the US, and who knows which idiot with an agenda is looking for excuses to send money to Syria for their clandestine plans. Is it President Pompeo or perhaps President Bolton.

    US announces more support for ‘heroic’ White Helmets in Syria

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWE7Qvcp0eE

    • PBVV

      ShadowPrezPence. Do NOT let that deceitful facade of his fool you. Pence is a Hard Core NeoCon, a Right Wing Fundamentalist Judaeo-Christian Zionist Evangelical Dominionist who holds fast to the principle of Manifest Destiny and the Monroe Doctrine.It is the Pence faction that brought in Manafort, Gates, Flynn, KT McFarland, Mattis, Bolton, and Pompeo and Elliot Abrams.

      • Snowglobe

        I usually throw Pence’s name in with the rest but he seems to stick his nose into Syria a little less. He is all over Venezuela. I am suspending judgment on Flynn a little longer. He is still testifying in multiple investigations and his sentencing has been delayed again. Time will tell.

  • SnowCatzor

    FFS, have they completely brainwashed Trump now? What happened to campaign Trump? He’s just a bloody neo-con warmonger now.

    • Snowglobe

      Let’s wait another week or two. There may be more clarity by then.

    • Sinbad2

      Trump has always been a creep.

      I saw an old video of him talking about a future presidential campaign.
      He said he would run as a republican, because republicans are so stupid you can make them believe anything.

    • PBVV

      ShadowPresidentPence. Do NOT let that deceitful facade of his fool you. Pence is a Hard Core NeoCon, a Right Wing Fundamentalist Judaeo-Christian Zionist Evangelical Dominionist who holds fast to the principle of Manifest Destiny and the Monroe Doctrine.It is the Pence faction that brought in Manafort, Gates, Flynn, KT McFarland, Mattis, Bolton, and Pompeo and Elliot Abrams.

  • Peter Jennings

    ‘vital, life-saving operations’, if they only knew.
    Are we to believe that the Trumpsters admin doesn’t know who these people really are, especially when the US banned one of their number from entering the US. This shower of shit were in the US, apart from the terrorist who was banned of course, to pick up an award given to them by people who don’t know any better or do and are therefore part of the problem.

  • Rodney Loder

    Anything White attracts Trump’s blessings, poor bugger, Trump can’t escape the machinations pretending ecstasy but really it’s only a deft handed fairy piper playing a tune that usually only mice dance too.

    But you know what they say, a mouse a day keeps the piper at play, also added to that, the common connection between Trump’s brain and a mouse’s purse is that there is nothing in either.

  • For-theglory-of-the-fatherland

    The white helmets are the enemy of the white race. They must be destroyed.