Syria

Feb 13 '14 16:10

Abu Abdurahman, who claims to be jihadist Khalid K. from Almere, posted a picture on Twitter, showing him holding a chopped-off head of a man. The identity of the victim is unknown.

Jan 31 '14 04:34

NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen met with Prime-Minister Mark Rutte and King Willem-Alexander in The Hague, Thursday. Rasmussen urges the Netherlands to increase its defense budget again.

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Jan 28 '14 12:40

The Netherlands has revoked the passports of eight people who had intents to travel to Syria to join the rebellion against President Assad.

Jan 27 '14 10:31

A former soldier of Dutch army is fighting in Syria against President Assad's regime, according to a new report by Nieuwsuur.

Jan 17 '14 11:08

In Syria, about 10 Dutch jihadists were killed in the past 10 years, NRC reported.

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Jan 15 '14 21:08

Police in The Hague have arrested two people for encouraging a 15-year-old girl to travel to Syria.

Jan 9 '14 04:34

MP Joël Voordewind sadly noted at the appearance of the Christian persecution rankings by Open Doors, that in the past year the persecution of Christians has again increased worldwide.

Nov 20 '13 16:22

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, (IDFA), opens tonight with 'Return to Homs'. The Syrian filmmaker, Talal Derki, follows the bloody struggle of a group of young people against the army. Half of the fighters from the film are dead already

Nov 14 '13 04:34

NATO has agreed to the extension of the Patriot mission in Turkey. Netherlands contributes to the mission, of which Turkey is now asking for an extension

Nov 12 '13 05:02

Three British men suspected of kidnapping Dutch press photographer Jeroen Oerlemans in Syria, go free. The prosecutor announced before a London court that Oerlemans and a second victim of the kidnapping could not act as witnesses

Oct 30 '13 15:27

Groningen will get additional shelters to house Syrians, reported State Secretary Fred Teeven Wednesday in parliament. Limburg also get additional shelter for refugees from Syria.

Oct 22 '13 00:54

At the request of the Netherlands, the German police arrested two men from Arnhem who were planning to take part in the international jihad in Syria, reports news program Nieuwsuur.

Oct 19 '13 01:40

The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: the string of incidents at the end of the Netherlands-Russia year-of-friendship, a missing Amersfoort Labour councilor, the impact of heavy rainfall with millions in damages in its wake and Greenpeace' tireless effort to free their crew from a Murmansk prison.

Oct 17 '13 01:03

A video of a beheading, posted on Facebook, is causing commotion. The video shows in close up how a man's throat is cut, while his hands are tied on his back. He then falls into a pit, head first, and profusely bleeding. A Facebook spokesperson in The Netherlands could not comment on this specific post.

Oct 3 '13 00:01

The Rotterdam court demanded three years in prison, including six months probation, in the case of a 22-year-old man who wanted to travel to Syria to join the jihad.

Sep 26 '13 04:24

The ministry of Defense is intended to sell 15 F16 jet fighters and 52 Maverick rockets to Jordan. Both parties have agreed upon this, wrote minister Jeanine Hennis to the House.

The signing of the contract will probably done next month. Included in the sales will also be training of the maintenance and use of the jet fighters. The actual delivery will take place around the end of 2015.

The sale was judged on several criteria of the EU and passed the test. An important criterion is if it will have any consequences for the human rights in the receiving country.

Sep 1 '13 02:02

The UN inspectors who have done research into chemical weapons in Syria have landed at Rotterdam The Hague Airport. They flew in from the Lebanese capital Beirut, in an aircraft made available by the German Government.

Sep 1 '13 01:27

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a stricter travel advice for Lebanon. Non-essential travel to the Arab country is discouraged, especially because of the developments in neighboring Syria.

Aug 27 '13 02:33

A 19-year old female who was detained last month for recruiting people for Syria left for the country herself.

Aug 8 '13 18:45

More than two billion people worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr today, the Sugar Feast marking the conclusion of Ramadan. Six percent of the Dutch population is believed to be Muslim, totaling about 950,000 people, with most living in the Randstad.

Aug 5 '13 09:15

A UN team in charge of investigating the supposed use of chemical weapons in Syria will meet in The Hague and leave for Syria in the coming days.

Jul 23 '13 08:34

The country has been increasingly alarmed by young Dutch Muslims joining a group of fighters bound for Syria. Based on a British study in April, no less than 107 Dutch citizens were combating President Bashar al-Assad's troops in the country widely damaged as the result of war.

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