Deadly intrigue: The destruction of The White Helmets

James Le Mesurier founded the organisation that raised money for the White Helmets in the Syrian war. An intrigue drove the emergency foundation to ruin – and Le Mesurier to his death.

The logistics experts from "Mayday Rescue" were unable to stop the advance of the troops that overran two southern Syrian provinces in summer 2018.

But by way of an astounding operation, they were at least able to save a couple hundred of those people who stood even higher on the attackers’ priority list than the opposing fighters: the emergency first responders and rescue workers from the White Helmets – the aid organisation that had become legendary around the world for saving people in rebel-held areas of Syria from bombed out homes and providing medical care to the wounded.

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