US Plans to Resume Support for White Helmets Despite Alleged Ties to Jihadists
Washington has been supporting the controversial NGO since 2013, but has recently stopped financing it, citing a need to review government spending. Moscow and Damascus have on multiple occasions drawn the international public’s attention to the fact that the White Helmets have been spotted working with terrorist groups like Al-Nusra Front*.
State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert announced that the US will resume its funding of the White Helmets and will issue some $6.6 million for this purpose. She also confirmed that Donald Trump had approved the financial help to the group, which has allegedly “saved over 100,000 lives.”
Earlier in May, reports surfaced that the US State Department had halted its funding to the NGO, which was later explained by White House plans to reduce government spending and redistribute part of the costs to its allies in the Middle East.
The White Helmets have on numerous occasions been spotted working with Al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups in Syria. The group claims that its mission is saving the lives of ordinary citizens and reporting about chemical attacks allegedly conducted by Damascus. However, the Russian Defense Ministry uncovered evidence and found witnesses suggesting that one of their latest reports about an alleged chemical attack in Douma was a fake.