James Le Mesurier : “The White Helmets have contributed to showing the world the reality of what Assad is doing”

James Le Mesurier, director of the NGO Mayday Rescue, who helped establish and train the White Helmets in Syria, was found dead on November 11 at the bottom of his Istanbul building where he worked and lived. An investigation has been opened by the Turkish police. A few days before his death, James Le Mesurier had been accused in a tweet from the Russian ministry of Foreign Affairs Foreign of being a former British intelligence agent and “linked to terrorist groups”. In August 2018 Syria Factuel had spoken with James Le Mesurier to allow him to respond to similar accusations made, among others, by Rachad Antonius on the daily Quebec newspaper Le Devoir against him and against the White Helmets. It was an exclusive interview that we are publishing in full for the first time (in French and in English) below:

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James Le Mesurier — Source Twitter

“They left us on a friday and then on sunday they sent us a video of a family of five people that had been buried under the rubble. With the training and with the equipment they had managed to save them.”

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Mine-clearing operation by the White Helmets in 2017— Photo : Nazzal Al-Khasawneh

“What has happened in Syria is that conspiracy theorists who are anti-White Helmets have been given a platform, which is a political platform, both by the government of Syria and by the government of Russia, and they have been presented as though they are mainstream.”

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Rescue operation by the White Helmets in Aleppo, 2017 — source Hamid Kutini

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