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White Helmets Volunteer Caught With Rebels Dumping Beheaded Bodies

from Sputnik:

A volunteer with the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, was caught on video dumping the mutilated bodies of Syrian Army troops.

The volunteer was summarily fired by the group after he was filmed participating in the dumping of dead pro-Syrian government fighters.

“Impartial and humanitarian White Helmets participating in the beheading and throwing of Syrian soldiers bodies at a dumpster in Daraa today,” a Lebanese army soldier posted on Twitter with the extremely graphic video.

“On 20 June 2017, a volunteer of SCD in Daraa Governorate was witnessed participating in an activity that violated the organizational principles and vision of SCD,” the group announced, adding that the man’s “gross breach” of conduct led to his dismissal.

Skeptics of the White Helmets have long suspected the group to be a terrorist front group, even as Western icons like the British rock band Coldplay have endorsed the group for a Nobel Peace Prize. A 2016 Netflix documentary about the group won an Academy Award.

“White Helmets are Al Qaeda members,” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told RT.


Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova recently called out CNN for its “erroneous” story on Omran Daqneesh, a Syrian boy who was depicted by Western media as being rescued by the Helmets in footage from August 2016. Forces hostile to Damascus implicated Russian airstrikes as culpable for the wreckage of the rebel-held Karm al-Qaterji neighborhood where the boy was found, Sputnik reported.

But the boy’s father, Mohammad Kheir Daqneesh, revealed to RT in a two-part interview published in early June that White Helmets volunteers manipulated the boy into being filmed before providing assistance the five-year-old could have died without. Daqneesh added that he was threatened by White Helmets when the group caught on to the fact that Daqneesh might want to tell the truth about his son’s story.

The boy has been widely portrayed as the “symbol of Aleppo suffering,” according to Sputnik.

RT and Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said RT had ripped the cover off of one of the biggest fake stories to come out of Syria while CNN spread the group’s lies.

“This is a well-known practice of White Helmets and that and similar organizations that constantly use fakes to boost its reputation,” political analyst Sergey Zhuravsky told Radio Sputnik. “Many people understand that this is an organization that works for certain media outlets. Some [media outlets] speak of the ‘bloody victims of the Syrian troops,’ others provide such ‘confirmations.’ So the White Helmets do what they’re paid for, and CNN gets ratings and a grateful audience, which is horrified by the victims of war in Syria,” Zhuravsky noted.



Assad vows to punish everyone who harms Syria’s heroic steadfastness

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The Assault of Raqqa is Drown in Blood

by Sophie Mangal, for The International Reporter: 

mobile prison of women

The battle for Raqqa begins to resemble strongly Mosul operation despite the victorious statements of the U.S. CENTCOM and the Kurdish leadership, who daily release official briefings on their successes.

Tactics of ISIS

The militants of ISIS are confronting forces of coalition with increased ferocity. Terrorists carry out counterattacks, send suicide bombers in cars. ISIS-snipers launched a real hunt. The favorite weapon of terrorists became anti-tank guided missiles.

The more so, the Islamic State uses the civilian population as so-called human shields. To contain air strikes on Raqqa the terrorists place mobile prisons (in fact cages for a prisoners) on the roofs of buildings and important transport hubs that are possible targets of aviation. Thus, they hope to protect themselves from an air strike. In each cage, approximately 7 people are kept under inhuman conditions. More than 100 similar mobile prisons are used in total.

ISIS drones in action


The Washington post published a story about ISIS UAV’s attacking the U.S. SOF units deployed near Raqqa on June 14. The U.S. officials say that the drones often prevent the U.S. military from marking targets

According to one of them, the Pentagon, in response, asks for additional equipment and forces to fight ISIS’ drones in Syria. Colonel Christopher Garver, Operation Inherent Resolve Spokesman also noticed that the fighters of IS are seriously resisting in the center part of the city. They have machine guns, good sniper positions and install explosive devices. Apparently, only using the U.S. SOF the U.S. command is not capable to dispatch the mission. Perhaps, the today elite of the American Special Forces do not have enough professionalism in planning combat operations in the conditions of superiority in manpower and material. Maybe that’s why not only civilians but also some SOF-members have been already killed near Raqqa

The U.S. don’t dispense with loses


Sergeant Ethan Murphy, US Army, 75th Ranger Regiment killed by ISIS terrorists

Inside Syria Media Center military correspondents also reports, that a number of the U.S. servicemen were badly wounded as a result of suicide-bomber attack in the area of Al-Sina, east to Raqqa.

It is not the first time of the U.S. losses in the region. Apart from increasing number of wounded soldiers, the Pentagon also suffers irretrievable losses. For instance, the American military was killed in the end of May in Raqqa

Coalition and Kurds victims will only increase 

Apparently, neither the Pentagon, no Kurds will avoid numerous victims during the assault. ISIS has already realized that the United Sates are trying to lure them out to the open terrain, rule out the possibility of organized resistance and then destroy them by massive air strikes. Such a situation makes them to fight hard. However it won’t stop the Coalition. Washington as usual is going to make a profit, involving in the battle for Raqqa, as this territory is rich in oil and gas. The time will show us how much the Pentagon will pay for the victory.

Follow the latest developments by reading Inside Syria Media Center.

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Stay Strong London Firefighters, Al-Qaeda Supports You

by Brandon Turberville, Activist Post: 

By Brandon Turbeville

As the Grenfell tower fire began to die down, propaganda began ramping up in England. Channel 4, long known to support terrorist organizations and the war in Syria, aired a shockingly insulting video directed at London firefighters that scarcely anyone in the firefighting community or general public even noticed. The Channel 4 program aired what was supposed to be another round of tribute for London firefighters and their bravery at Grenfell, but what it actually showed was terrorist support group White Helmets “expressing solidarity” for the London firefighters and holding up banners expressing the same sentiment.

“Long distance prevent us from coming to help but we felt London’s pain through last night’s events. Our hearts are with you. #WhiteHelmets #Idlib,” the banners read, with pictures of terrorists holding these banners flashing throughout the video.

“We were saddened to hear about the loss of souls in the Grenfell tower fire, including al-Mohammad al-Haj Ali, a Syrian from our home of Daraa, who had fled to London seeking safety from death and destruction. We appreciate your efforts to search for bodies for days in a row and we feel your pain because this horror is our daily reality,” the video continued.

The video then cuts to the White Helmets’ propaganda narrative and competition in the tragedy Olympics (always a tasteful act in the wake of a tragedy) with a typical “my tragedy is bigger than yours” statement. The narration is as follows:

In Daraa, we’re under the heaviest attacks we’ve ever seen in this deadly war. Hundreds of airstrikes have destroyed entire neighborhoods and fires are everywhere. Just like you, our teams are rushing toward the blazes and we do all we can to rescue the injured. The past 16 days have seen 88 people killed and nearly 35,000 civilians displaced from their homes. A civil defense centre was targeted and destroyed, and five volunteers were injured in the bombing. As you know, it’s a terrible thing to see your teammates suffer. You have been so generous to us, donating equipment to our teams when you met with our teammates in London. We’ve received training from British experts in search and rescue and firefighting. Who knows, we might have been trained by the same people And who knows we may also be saving the lives of Mohammad al-Haj Ali here in Daraa. We feel we have so much in common. We all risk our own lives to save as many people as possible as fast as possible. Our hearts are with you and we wish we could help you in your search for victims. We send you strength for your mission and we hope to meet you one day.

The video should have ended with the requisite “Allahu Akbar!” but, apparently, the chant was edited out. What was also left out of the video were the number of executions the White Helmets have personally attended to, acting as the clean-up crew for the more directly guilty parties. There was no clip of the White Helmets staff, supposedly unarmed and impartial, carrying arms and verbally spitting on the corpses of Syrian soldiers and non-Sunni Muslims. There were no clips showing the multitude of videos actually staged by the White Helmets in order to promote pro-war propaganda in the United States. There were no clips of Omran Daqneesh and his father, who fought for the Syrian military and who revealed that the White Helmets used his son as a stage prop for their cynical video.

“With no regard for the ever-mounting evidence, exposing the White Helmets as Al Qaeda co-workers and enablers in Syria, Channel 4 once again promoted this group of NATO and Gulf state funded criminals, as heroes,” wrote Vanessa Beeley of 21st Century Wire. “The genuine firefighters in London should be insulted that their own valiant efforts are compared or conflated with a fraudulent group of terrorists and petty criminals who campaign for war to ensure further bloodshed in Syria.”

Indeed, even aside from the fact that the White Helmets are essentially a terrorist support group, the video itself is incredibly tasteless and might as well say, “We are the White Helmets. Our tragedy is bigger than yours. Now you know how we feel. Now listen to our propaganda narrative for a minute and a half.” But what is even more insulting is that British firefighters are now being associated with these terrorists as a result of Channel 4’s video. For that alone, Channel 4 owes the London Fire Brigade an apology.

Since Channel 4 neglected to portray the real nature of the White Helmets, particularly of the Daraa wing that was touted in the video, Vanessa Beeley revealed a sizeable portion in her article, “White Helmets: Severed Heads Of Syrian Arab Army Soldiers Paraded As Trophies – Endorsed By Channel 4.” She writes,

The White Helmet “team in Daraa”, being universally marketed by corporate media was filmed cheering and mopping up after an Islamic extremist execution in Daraa, on the 16th May 2017, so almost one month before the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

21st Century Wire’s article covering this execution: WHITE HELMETS: Blasphemous Whitewash of their Execution Black Record

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More shockingly, last night, a video was released that showed a member of the White Helmet, Daraa “team” climbing over the slaughtered and dismembered bodies of Syrian Arab Army soldiers, piled into the back of a pick-up truck. As the White Helmet operative stands on the mutilated bodies, extremist fighters surrounding the truck, parade a severed head as a war trophy. There is no shock or dismay from the “heroic” White Helmet. On the contrary, he is then seen extracting the Syrian flag from among the SAA bodies, before throwing it to the ground.

I was told that the original video was much longer and contained scenes of a much more humiliating nature that would distress the families of the SAA soldiers whose bodies were being so hideously desecrated. The shorter version of the video can be seen here at the Twitter account of @Ali_Kourani. It is certainly one of the worst videos I have ever had to watch so please be warned. The following are screen shots from the video that demonstrate the appalling nature of this atrocity being committed by the White Helmets & extremist factions, once again, working hand in hand in Syria.

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According to Twitter feeds concerning this incident in Daraa, sources on the ground in Syria, and translation of the dialogue from the above video, the Syrian Arab Army were surrounded and attacked in an air-defence base in the region that had, previously, been taken by the NATO and Gulf state extremist factions, in 2013. The base was retaken by the SAA in 2016, fell again to the terrorists in the same year, two days ago the SAA had retaken it, just prior to yesterday’s brutal extremist attack.

Those following the “moderate” extremists, on Twitter, are claiming that the attack was carried out by the Southern Front Furqat Usud al-Sunna. The Southern Front groups are widely recognised to be armed and funded by the US and its allies and controlled from a US-led Military Operations Centre in Amman, Jordan.

“In 2014, the Southern Front secured funding from the United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan to target the Assad Regime. [10] Though some reports indicate earlier attacks, the Southern Front launched its first documented attack on October 5, 2014 when it cooperated with former Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra), to capture the town of Tel al-Haraa in the Daraa governorate.” ~ Mapping Militant Organisations

The air-defence base that was attacked yesterday, is strategically positioned, on the old Daraa to Damascus highway.

. . . . .

The extremist factions were described as “waiting for TOW missiles to arrive” before making their move against the SAA. We presume that these are the TOW missiles supplied under former US President Obama’s “Train and Equip” programme in Syria. So, on that basis, the extremist factions have control of an air-defence base in southern Syria and have very probably received supplies of US TOW missiles.

Beeley also briefly discusses the White Helmets’ history of being involved with assisting and even participating in executions. She writes,

The White Helmets have a record of participation-in, facilitation-of and mopping-up-after the various NATO and Gulf state-armed, terrrorist group executions.

May 2015: 

“The White Helmets were forced to release a statement explaining the events in this video. According to their own admission here, the sequence of events on the day, 5th May 2015 were as follows: Al Nusra called the White Helmets 25 minutes prior to the execution. White Helmets arrived on the scene at 11.35 am, 5 minutes BEFORE the execution was carried out at 11.40. These impartial humanitarian workers did NOTHING to prevent this execution, they appear a full 5 minutes prior to this murder at the behest of the executioners and they are ushered into shot immediately after the victim is shot twice at close range in the head, to collect the body.” ~ White Helmets – Moderate Executioners

. . . . .

May 2016 

“Various other White Helmet operatives have posted videos of the torture and execution of Syrian Arab Army prisoners to their social media pages with celebratory comments. One such operative, Muawiya Hassan Agha, is alleged to have been “sacked” for his participation in such executions. His Facebook account has also been closed although we have all original links. However, despite various demands, an official statement has never been issued by the White Helmets to this effect. Neither have they publicly condemned the torture and execution of prisoners of war, an act that contravenes the Geneva Convention.” ~ White Helmets Campaign for War not Peace. Warning graphic footage:


The White Helmets have a history of desecrating SAA soldiers bodies:

“The White Helmets have been filmed describing Syrian Arab Army bodies as “trash” and one particular video shows them standing on top of a pile of SAA soldier’s bodies, whose boots have been removed or stolen. The White Helmets talk about the bodies in pejorative terms and they flick a victory V sign as the truck drives off “~ White Helmets Campaign for War not Peace

. . . . .

In a previous video, a White Helmet operative describes the disposing of SAA soldiers (Shabiha) bodies into the “trash”



Testimonies from liberated civilians taken by Vanessa Beeley have produced many tales of White Helmets not just staging tragedies but also working alongside al-Qaeda as their propaganda wing. Likewise, Patrick Henningsen of 21st Century Wire has visited the same areas and confirmed what Beeley has reported. Eva Bartlett has long been attacked by the mainstream media, most notably by Channel 4, for criticizing the White Helmets and their role in the West’s attempt to destroy the Syrian government. I have also written numerous articles detailing the nature of the White Helmets, many of which are linked below.

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Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 andvolume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST atUCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

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Image Credit: YouTube screen capture/Vanessa Beeley


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