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James Le Mesurier Wiki – Biography

James Le Mesurier Full Name James Gustaf Edward Le Mesurier OBE  was the British co-founder of the White Helmets, a volunteer civil defense organization in the Syrian Civil War. He was a former British Army Officer and previously worked with the UN Peacekeeping Force in the former Yugoslavia. He was also the director of the non-profit Mayday Rescue Foundation. He died in 2019 near his home in Istanbul.

Le Mesurier was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2016 for services to the protection of civilians in Syria.

James Le Mesurier Age

James Le Mesurier Was 50 years old at the time of death. (25 May 1971 – 11 November 2019)

James Le Mesurier Death Cause

On 11 November 2019, James Le Mesurier was found dead in the Kemankes Karamustafapasa neighborhood of Istanbul. Raed al-Salah, leader of the White Helmets, told Middle East Eye that the police were investigating. “We don’t have any certain information on what has transpired,” he said.

HE former British army officer who helped found Syria’s White Helmets rebel organization was found dead in Istanbul yesterday. James Le Mesurier’s body was discovered in the street outside his home in the Turkish city’s Beyoglu district.He was found dead at his apartment building in Istanbul, reportedly with fractures to his skull and legs.

James Le Mesurier Family

James Le Mesurier was born on 25 May 1971 in Singapore. He was the son of Benjamin Havilland Churchill Le Mesurier. He had an elder sister, Rebecca, and two children.

James Le Mesurier &British Army

Le Mesurier was for a time a British Army Officer; he worked with the United Nations peacekeeping force in the former Yugoslavia.

James Le Mesurier Rescue charity

James le Mesurier, 43, was the director of Mayday Rescue charity that trained members of the Syria Civil Defence, nicknamed the White Helmets, playing a major role in its creation in Turkey in 2013.

James Le Mesurier Networth

It received $123 million (£96m) in funding from the British and US governments shortly after its foundation.

James Le Mesurier Work with the White Helmets

Syria Civil Defence was founded in 2013, and by 2015, it was reported to have more than 2,700 volunteers. Le Mesurier told Al-Jazeera that by 2015 they had saved more than 24,000 people. “At the time, I was working in Istanbul… and got together with a group of Turkish earthquake rescue volunteers”, Le Mesurier told Al-Jazeera. Le Mesurier worked with Syrian activists like to help found the White Helmets.

The White Helmets received funding from Western governments for their work, as well as raising money through crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo.

In 2018, The Guardian reported that the UK had agreed to give asylum to 500 White Helmets volunteers who had been evacuated to Jordan. The UK government justified the decision by noting that “The White Helmets have saved over 115,000 lives during the Syrian conflict”.

Le Mesurier was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2016 for services to the protection of civilians in Syria.

James Le Mesurier Responses

The Times reported that James Le Mesurier was “the subject of an intense black propaganda campaign for years by pro-Assad activists and Russian diplomats”. The New York Times reported that the group and Le Mesurier were the targets of “unfounded conspiracy theories”.

Le Mesurier and the White Helmets received criticism from individuals and groups opposed to Western intervention in Syria for the funding they received from Western governments, with some critics asserting that Le Mesurier’s British Army background meant that he was effectively operating as a British state agent. The White Helmets received initial funding from governments opposed to the regime of Bashar al-Assad, like Qatar. Critics opposed to Western involvement in Syria and backers of the Assad regime, which includes bloggers connected to the English-language Russian media, claim the White Helmets and Le Mesurier were intending to push for regime change in Syria.

A week before Le Mesurier died, he was accused on Twitter by Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs official Maria Zakharova of being a former MI6 agent with “connections to terrorist groups”.”If you make the decision to risk your life, to save other people, it goes against radicalization,” Le Mesurier told Janine di Giovanni writing for Newsweek in 2016. “They’ve emerged as the representative of the average, good Syrian.”

 

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