White Helmets

angelburst29

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Another video shows US gov-funded White Helmets assisting public executions in rebel-held Syria

May 23, 2017
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While CNN and other outlets rely heavily on footage taken by White Helmets members, not one major Western media outlet has reported on the latest execution video starring the group’s uniformed members.

The video, which Syrian opposition activists uploaded to Facebook, shows three men from the White Helmets rushing into the center of a crowd, mere seconds after an alleged criminal was shot in the head, and removing the body on a stretcher. A member of the White Helmets can be seen celebrating along with the crowd of onlookers.

(Editor’s note: The Facebook video was removed after this article was published, but the post was archived at two different websites.)

The men in the video were clearly identified by their signature white helmets, along with vests embroidered with the Syria Civil Defense logo.

The public execution took place in the small city of Jasim, in Syria’s southern Daraa province — which is often described as a hub for “moderate” rebels. Activists posted the video on May 16 on the Facebook page Coordination of the City of Al-Harra, Mother of the Martyrs, a site for the opposition in the neighboring city of Al-Harra.

Two days later, Syria Civil Defense released a carefully crafted statement admitting its members were involved in the execution. (Editor’s note: Syria Civil Defense later removed this statement from their website, but it is archived here.) The statement noted that a tribal council in Jasim had asked the White Helmets “to humanely dispose of the body of a person that had been sentenced to death, by the local court, for murder.” The group said it had “conducted an investigation” into the execution, and in response dismissed a White Helmet leader, while temporarily suspending two other team members.
 

angelburst29

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I wonder if George Clooney is behind this movie production?

Blockbuster video game Call of Duty to include Syria’s White Helmets May 31, 2019
Blockbuster video game Call of Duty to include Syria’s White Helmets
Syria's White Helmets seen in a scene of the reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, released on May 30, 2019 [screengrab]

Syria's White Helmets seen in a scene of the reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, released on May 30, 2019 [screengrab]

Popular video game “Call of Duty” released a trailer on Thursday about its latest installment portraying the efforts of civil defense forces in Syria, Anadolu Agency reports.

The White Helmets were seen in the two scenes of the trailer of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" which will be released on October 25.

In one scene, White Helmets were shown removing the debris from a building hit by Russian airstrikes in an effort to aid search and rescue teams.

They are seen in another instance carrying injured people to safety on a stretcher.

The White Helmets, also known as the Syria Civil Defence, which was established in 2013, serves as a volunteer organisation operating in parts of Syria.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected severity.
 

angelburst29

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Air strikes on Syrian rebel enclave intensify: monitor
White Helmets stand on partially destroyed building after air strikes hit residential buildings in northwest Syria, in this picture grab taken from a video, July 12, 2019. White Helmets via REUTERS

White Helmets stand on partially destroyed building after air strikes hit residential buildings in northwest Syria, in this picture grab taken from a video, July 12, 2019. White Helmets via REUTERS

The strikes killed three people in Idlib and three in Maarat al-Numan, two of the largest cities in the region, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Another nine people were killed elsewhere in the enclave, it said.

President Bashar al-Assad’s government, backed by Russia, has waged a major assault against the northwestern enclave since the end of April in a battle the Observatory says has killed nearly 2,450 people.

Syria’s eight-year war has killed half a million people, driven half the pre-war population of 22 million from their homes, inspired a wave of militant attacks around the globe, and dragged in regional and world powers.

Aid agencies say the scale of bombardment in the north west risks further humanitarian disaster. Hundreds of thousands of people have already fled toward the Turkish border.

While both Idlib city and Maarat al-Numan were heavily targeted by airstrikes in earlier phases of the war, they have not been a major focus of bombardment in recent months, with the military more focused on hitting areas near the front lines.

There was a surge of violence this week on the area of Tel Hamamiyat on the southwestern edge of the enclave, where pro-government al-Watan newspaper and rebel statements reported major fighting.

A spokesman for the local government controlling most of the enclave, which is held predominantly by jihadist factions, said Friday prayers had been suspended in several cities due to the air strikes.

More than two months of Assad’s Russian-backed assault in and around Idlib province have yielded little or no military gains, marking a rare case of a campaign that has not gone his way since Moscow joined his war effort in 2015.

Turkey, which backs some rebel groups in northwest Syria and controls an adjacent zone along its own border, agreed a truce last year with Russia to reduce warfare around the enclave.

Those areas, and the quarter of Syria east of the Euphrates river which is held by U.S.-backed Kurdish groups, are the only parts still out of Assad’s control.
 
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