Canada to be home for 250 ISIL collaborators!

CBC has reported the following Apparently we want to bring in what many have deemed as terrorist sympathisers. As reported on earlier by the Liebrary.

Canada to accept up to 250 Syrian White Helmet volunteers, family after dramatic escape

Canada is among three Western nations that will accept hundreds of volunteer emergency workers that Israeli forces plucked from Syria under the cover of darkness in a dramatic international rescue, CBC News has learned.

Canadian officials expected​ to​ immediately begin working with UN​ ​to process families

A member of the White Helmets carries a child after airstrikes hit a school in Syria’s Daraa province, in an image made from video on June 14, 2017. Hundreds of people, volunteers belonging to the rescue organization and their families, were extracted late Saturday from the southwestern part of the country. (Syria Civil Defence via Associated Press)

Canada is among three Western nations that will accept hundreds of volunteer emergency workers that Israeli forces plucked from Syria under the cover of darkness in a dramatic international rescue, CBC News has learned.

Several hundred people — volunteers and their families — belonging to the rescue organization known as the White Helmets were extracted late Saturday from the southwestern portion of the war-torn country that’s being overrun by forces loyal to leader Bashar al-Assad.

The Israeli military said Sunday it was responsible for rescuing members of the Syrian volunteer organization from the volatile frontier area and evacuated them to a third country — the first such Israeli intervention in Syria’s lengthy civil war.

International reports have said up to 800 people arrived in Jordan, but senior officials say the numbers are in flux and will “likely fall below” the first reported estimates.

James Le Mesurier, who is considered the White Helmets’ founder, said on Sunday that he believes 422 Syrians were rescued by the Israelis, who moved in because they were in the best strategic position to carry out the operation.

The notion the White Helmets would be targeted for retribution has long been a fear of the human rights community. (Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters)

The White Helmets and their families were trapped in what had been — until recently — rebel-held territory. The area has for more than a week been the focus of a furious assault by Russian-backed Syrian government forces.

The volunteers were spirited out of Syria in a highly secret international operation that involved the U.K., France, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada, multiple sources told CBC News.

Canada was not involved militarily in the evacuation, ​but ​helped lead the effort to bring them out of Syria and ​into Jordan.

‘Impassioned plea’

Canadian officials are expected​ to​ immediately begin working with United Nations​ ​officials to help process families that will make their way to Canada in the coming weeks, possibly months.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland made ‘an impassioned plea’ to her NATO colleagues, according to several sources. (Patrick Doyle/Canadian Press)

The Liberal government has agreed to accept up to 50 of the White Helmet volunteers and their families, which could mean up to 250 people, according to senior officials who could not speak on​ ​the ​record because of the sensitive nature of the operation.

The number, officials said, could change.

The plight of the White Helmets was the subject of intense debate among foreign ministers at the recent NATO conference, the sources said.

The White Helmets are known for rescuing people from war-torn Aleppo. (Sultan Kitaz/Reuters)

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland made “an impassioned plea” to her colleagues, according to several sources.

The families would follow in the footsteps of thousands of other Syrian refugees who were resettled early in the Liberal government’s mandate.

Britain and Germany have also stepped forward, but the sources said other countries are expected to join the effort and offers to resettle them are expected to exceed the number of evacuees by a large margin.

At the moment, there are no plans for the United States to take any of the White Helmets, whose rescue efforts and documentation of civilian atrocities date back to 2013. Those volunteer efforts have drawn international praise as well as  condemnation.

Syria Civil Defence group, better known as the White Helmets, risk their lives scouring through rubble in Syria after bombings to find survivors. (Khalil Ashawi/Reuters)

At one point, they were thought to be favoured for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Russia, Syria pose threats

Russia and the Syrian regime, however, have labelled the organization, officially known as the Syria Civil Defence group, as terrorists and purveyors of fake news.

There were fears they would be killed once forces loyal to Assad retake the region.

“Sensitive” international negotiations to arrange their extraction have been underway since the NATO leaders summit in Brussels.

Syria’s White Helmets leader says hope keeps rescue team focused
An extraordinary rescue team of Syrian civilians called The White Helmets run toward the scene of an attack to try to save lives. The team has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for saving tens of thousands of lives during Syria’s civil war. 15:05

Both Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at length with their alliance counterparts to galvanize support. Negotiations between the international community and the White Helmets have been more delicate, an official close to the discussions told CBC News.

Members of the White Helmets run toward the site of an attack in Aleppo, Syria, in an image made from video posted online by the group on April 24, 2016. (Syria Civil Defence via Associated Press)

An important part of those talks has involved how many of the volunteers’ family members can be brought with them and the fear anyone left behind might be killed, said the sources.

The Russians have made it clear they want to “interrogate” the White Helmets on the way out of Syria, said a senior diplomatic official.

Borders shut

The U.S. has taken a hands-off approach to the unfolding drama in southwest Syria.

The territory under assault had been designated as a U.S.-protected safe zone, but the Trump administration has not made a move to enforce that as government forces tighten their grip on the region.

An evacuation of rebel-held territory has been underway since last weekend, but neighbouring countries have shut their borders to refugees.

A tweet by the White Helmets on Tuesday showed video of them helping people flee the city of Daraa, located about 13 kilometres from the border with Jordan.

The region is known as the cradle of the rebellion against the Assad regime, the place where some of the first Arab Spring protests originated.

The notion the White Helmets would be targeted for retribution has long been a fear of the human rights community

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Following an Israeli Government directive and at the request of the United States and additional European countries, the IDF recently completed a humanitarian effort to rescue members of a Syrian civil organization and their families

This is an incredibly disturbing decision by the Canadian government. It is interesting that Israel nor the US will be taking any of these individuals.

3 Comments

  1. I was wondering, as the Syrians take back their country, what would reverse their current momentum. Now the highly publicized White Helmets plight could be another justification for punishing the Syrian regime. In spite of Syrian people supporting the Syrian government for seven years now when places like Libya cratered after several months. Furthermore, relocating the White Helmets who were accused of supporting terrorists groups in Syria could help provoke incidents in Canada and cause security threats warnings with US. Maybe Canada gets its own wall eventually.

  2. Here are some good questions about the whitehelmet’s exodus presented in a Venessa Beely article:

    The White Helmets’ dramatic exfiltration leaves many questions unanswered

    1. Why was it deemed necessary to evacuate this particular group in the south when other groups of White Helmets simply got on the buses to Northern Syria when military operations concluded in Aleppo, Eastern Ghouta and elsewhere, and when similar exodus by bus has been arranged for rebels in Deraa?

    2. Why should White Helmets be considered to be more at risk than combatants, many of whom have either ‘reconciled’ or been bussed out? In the demonology of the government side the White Helmets are not seen as worse than other jihadis.

    3. Might the British government have been afraid of this particular group being caught and interrogated, revealing perhaps the truth about alleged chemical weapon incidents?

    4. Will they now be foisted on to areas of the UK already struggling to absorb migrants, or will they go to places like Esher and Carshalton?

    5. Will local councils be informed about the backgrounds of these fugitives? Will local councils be given extra resources to absorb them and cope with resulting security needs, bearing in mind that Raed Saleh, leader of the White Helmets, was refused a visa to the US in 2016?”

  3. Here is another link to a story by Venessa Beeley discussing Canada’s financial support to these terrorist participants. These are the worst of the group as they were unable to rejoin the Syrian population as other whitehelmet member were able to do. It should concern Canadians to financially support this group and the risk as they interact with the Canadian Syrian population.

    https://thewallwillfall.org/2018/07/23/trudeau-government-admits-terrorist-auxiliaries-to-canada/

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