BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The U.S. administration, at the direction of President Donald Trump, will be providing an addition $5 million to the White Helmets in Syria, the State Department announced on Friday.

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,” the statement read.

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Stern Daler

After giving US taxes to the Jihadi “Mengeles”, the US will be guilty of the White Helmets future crimes. 5 million $ are a ´hefty subvention for fake rescue and video artists.

p.s. While You could be in doubt of the initial role of the White Helmets. Nobody can be in doubt today about the results of their actions.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijcA3LCKCl0 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Mengele

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Iy how they pay al-Udeif AFB’d rent$

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@Daeshbags-Sux, maybe that. Or the Gulf support to the weakening Bretton Woods monetary system that provides the US with a cozy income and a high debt ceiling financed by other nations.

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well said. which is why Pompeo is blocking visas of those investigating US War Crimes.

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US lost , they should give up. But we know they won’t.

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Diego Prendergast

$5 million to al-Qaeda. They have already lost.

joris
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joris

what to expect from a bunch of lunatics

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

USA people needs more movies to convince themselves that they are doing the RIGHT THING.

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Slavonac

$5 Mil directly from the National Fund for Endowment of Demoncracy no doubt?