Issue Brief on “Examining the White Helmets in Syria”

“The US, UK and France have launched more than 100 missiles against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities in response to a chemical weapons attack in Damascus suburb (Eastern Ghouta).”[1] This was the headline of an article that appeared in the international edition of The Guardian on April 13, 2018.The massive missile attack by the US and its European allies was carried out following ground intelligence reports provided by a “humanitarian” group known as “The White Helmets” (TWH).

Following the provision of intelligence reports by TWH, there have been many questions surrounding the organization. Who are The White Helmets? Who do they work for? Who is funding this organization? What does other humanitarian groups and independent media outlets say about The White Helmets?

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