James Le Mesurier: White Helmets backer found useless in Turkey

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James Le Mesurier obtained an OBE for his work with White Helmet volunteers in Syria


A former British Military intelligence officer who was honoured by the Queen for his work with the White Helmets civil defence group in Syria has been discovered useless close to his workplace in Istanbul.

The physique of James Le Mesurier, who obtained an OBE in 2016, was found within the early hours of Monday, White Helmet sources advised the BBC.


Le Mesurier arrange the Mayday Rescue emergency response group, which helped practice White Helmets volunteers.

The reason for loss of life was not instantly clear.

In accordance with White Helmets sources, Le Mesurier’s physique was discovered at about 04:30 native time (01:30 GMT) on the road in entrance of an workplace constructing utilized by Mayday Rescue.

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Le Mesurier, who had additionally labored for the United Nations, was thought-about a founding father of the White Helmets. The organisation, which is often known as the Syria Civil Defence, helps rescue civilians caught up in assaults in areas of Syria managed by the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.

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The White Helmets describe themselves as a volunteer workforce that acts to save lots of folks in Syria’s struggle zones

In 2016, the organisation obtained the Proper Livelihood Award in recognition for “excellent bravery, compassion and humanitarian engagement in rescuing civilians”. Later the identical 12 months the group was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

However the Syrian authorities and its allies Russia and Iran have accused the White Helmets of overtly aiding terrorist organisations. The Russian Overseas Ministry tweeted about Le Mesurier final week, alleging that he was a former agent of the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, higher often called MI6.

Le Mesurier obtained an OBE honour (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) from the Queen in 2016 for “providers to the Syria Civil Defence group and the safety of civilians in Syria”.

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Media captionAfter the bombs go off in Syria, the White Helmets go in