In a surprise decision by the Concil of Ministers, the Netherlands has committed military personnel to the international fight against Islamic State (ISIS). In a press conference early Wednesday evening, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher and Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis announced that the Netherlands will deploy six F-16s for air strikes only in Iraq, another two F-16s to be used as backups, in addition to sending a military defence team of 250 soldiers. The Netherlands will not take part in military missions in Syria.
The Cabinet wants to send F-16 fighter planes to the Middle East to help in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS).
Minister Frans Timmermans has announced that The Netherlands will be prepared to offer heavy military equipment to America's fight against IS. Timmermans emphasizes that there needs to be a direct request for this from the Americans, as well as a concrete plan, de Volkskrant reports.
The Cabinet is in discussions with the United States about how the Netherlands can contribute to the international coalition in the fight against the terrorist movement Islamic State (IS).
The United State has deemed The Netherlands unfit to address the threat of the Islamic State (IS) in a powerful enough manner. Because of the country's hesitation to contribute heavy weaponry, The Netherlands will not be part of the so-called coalition of the willing, in which nine allies are joining forces in the fight against IS, De Volkskrant reports.
Anti-IS demonstrators will gather together on Sunday to protest the violent acts perpetrated by the extremist Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq. The protest will be on Amsterdam's Dam Square, and anybody is welcome to join, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Mayor Eberhard van der Laan continues to explore how Amsterdam and other municipalities can provide shelter for asylum seekers. Van der Laan and Secretary of Justice, Fred Teeven, discussed this topic on Monday morning.
On Friday, the Cabinet will discuss further measures to be taken in the mission to diffuse radicalization among youths in The Netherlands. The aim is to prevent youths choosing the side of radical Islam, Het Parool reports.
The Netherlands will not send heavy weapons or ground troops to Iraq's Kurdish fighters. In their fight against IS, the Kurdish troops will at most receive bulletproof vests or other light military material from The Netherlands, De Volkskrant reports.
Kurdish organizations fear a rise in the number of Dutch Kurds traveling to Iraq to fight against jihadist insurgents there. This makes the number of Dutch nationals fighting against each other for different allegiances greater, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
In Den Haag, police dismantled a pro-ISIS demonstration as it attempted to disrupt a peaceful protest against ISIS in particular and terrorism in general. Six young radical Muslims were apprehended.
Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs said that The Netherlands is doing everything it can to protect citizens from the growing threat of Dutch Jihadis. In the television program WNL Op Zondag, the Minister said that the Cabinet is making the prevention of local attacks a "top priority."
The faction president of the Party for Unity in The Hague has uttered support for the extremist grouping ISIS on his Facebook page. This pro-ISIS stance from Abdoe Khoulani is causing some discomfort in Parliament, and seems to add to the growing debate about current ISIS demonstrations reportedly being planned in The Netherlands.
Netherlands intelligence service AIVD has given Turkey a list of around 100 names of potential terrorists planning to travel to Syria from The Netherlands, De Volkskrant reports. According to the paper, Turkish authorities have said that these people will be arrested and deported if found.
Two Dutch people have committed suicide attacks in Iraq and Syria, according to Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk.
A group of Iraqis who have been denied asylum in The Netherlands are squatting in front of the doors of the refugee organization VluchtelingenWerk Nederland on the Surinameplein in Amsterdam.
It took him a trip to the Middle East, but in the end Mark Stroop from car rental agency Silverline in Ijsselstein retrieved his cars that thieves had taken to northern Iraq; and they even bought him lunch and compensated him for his troubles.
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.
The Netherlands and Iraq are going to cooperate more closely in the economic field, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans, who met with with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Hussein al-Sharistani in Baghdad on Monday.
Timmermans says Baghdad will try to take away the bureaucratic barriers for doing business in Iraq. The PvdA Minister asked his discussion partners to ensure that investments will be protected. Both countries will also endeavor to prevent double taxation.