CDA leader Sybrand Buma's idea of sending troops into Syria and creating safe havens for refugees is getting some support from ruling party VVD, though other parties are less than enthusiastic.
An average of about five Dutch people manage to leave the Netherlands to join the battle zone in Syria and Iraq every month, despite efforts by the Dutch authorities to prevent it.
CDA faction leader Sybrand Buma thinks that the Netherlands should be intervening in Syria too, instead of only in Iraq. He wants to deploy Dutch troops to Syria to protect refugees and bring order. He also thinks that the establishment of safe havens in Syria, Iraq and Libya, where soldiers under the banner of the United Nations or the European Union can protect refugees a viable option.
The government is making 58.5 million euros available to help victims of conflict in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, a spokesperson for Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation confirmed to the Volkskrant on Friday. According to the Minister, crisis in the Middle East region has reached unprecedented levels.
Another eight suspected Dutch jihadists have been added to the national terrorist watch list, bringing the total number of people and organizations on this list up to 40. These eight people ware believed to be involved in terrorist activities in Syria and Iraq, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday.
Nearly 70 percent of adult Somalians living in the Netherlands are on welfare benefits. More than half of the people from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea are also on welfare benefits.
General Tom Middendorp thinks that it would be logical that the Dutch F-16's not only fight ISIS over Iraq, but also over Syria. According to him, there is "little chance of a solution" if the terrorist organization is not also addressed in its "safe harbor".
Richard Jansen, a former soldier in the Dutch military, claims to have killed about 40 people fighting for terrorist organization Islamic State in northern Iraq.
Six of the 32 Dutch jihadists who have been killed in the war in Syria and Iraq came from Amsterdam. One of them was a minor and two have been convicted of crimes with terrorist intent.
A Dutch jihadist may be involved in the possible merger of terrorist organizations Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
The Dutch F-16 fighter jets have dropped their 500th bomb on an ISIS target since the Netherlands joined the mission against the terrorist organization last year.
The Netherlands wants to join forces with Belgium in the fight against terrorist organization Islamic State in a plan in which the countries will take turns with bombing raids over Iraq, Dutch newspaper AD reports.
The fathers of three Dutch jihadists who went to Iraq and Syria to join jihadist groups, are planning to sue the Dutch state because it did not do enough to stop the boys from leaving.
A Dutch jihadist has released a video congratulating Islamic State fighters with the victory over the Iraqi government in taking the Iraqi city of Ramadi. Ramadi fell into the hands of the terrorist organization a few days ago.
The Netherlands is considering extending the military mission in Iraq. There is also discussion on whether to extend air strikes to Syria, despite the Dutch government previously stating that this will not happen until Syria accepts an international law mandate.
The Netherlands defense chief said Thursday that Dutch F-16s "have several times supported" a ground offensive against Islamic State (IS) rebel fighters in Tikrit, reports de Telegraaf. Iraqi troops seized the city last week.
The Court of Appeal in The Hague ruled today that Saddam Hussein's mustard gas supplier has to pay compensation to a number of Iraq and Iran citizens.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs has added four Dutch jihadist to the national terrorist list and has frozen their bank accounts, ANP reports. According to the cabinet, these four jihadists have joined terrorist groups in Syria or Iraq.
A new report issued by the UN Human Rights Office suggests that the Islamic State (ISIS) might have committed genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Calling them the three most serious international crimes, the organization is urging Iraq to sign on to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, a treaty that established the ICC and mandates that countries criminalize the crimes listed in the treaty under their own domestic law.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte thinks it is better if Dutch jihadists who traveled to join the fight in Syria and Iraq die there instead of returning to the Netherlands. He said this in the RTL election debate last night.
A Peshmerga fighter was injured in Erbil in Iraq yesterday after being accidentally shot by a Dutch soldier on a training location, the Ministry of Defense announced on its website.
The police in Tilburg have launched an investigation into a man suspected of trying to recruit young people to join terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq, Omroep Brabant reports
ISIS launched an attack against the Kurdish army last night in northern Iraq, only 45 kilometers away from Erbil where some 100 Dutch troops are stationed. The Kurds were able to repel the attack, thus keeping the Dutch troops safe, AD reports.
Dutch F-16s flying over Iraq in the fight against ISIS took on damage during missions when they were fired upon by jihadists. The damage was not substantial enough to force the planes down, and all have landed safely, said General Tom Middendorp, Chief of Defense in the Netherlands.