In the past five years, four soldiers left the Dutch armed forces due to right-wing extremist statements or behavior. Military intelligence service MIVD launched a total of 21 investigations into possible extremism in the armed forces, the vast majority of which involved suspicions of right-wing extremism, the Volkskrant reports based on a list the MIVD drew up after the newspaper appealed to the Intelligence and Security Services Act.
Last year there were five investigations within the Dutch Armed Forces into possible radicalization of employees, ANP reports based on documents received from Defense at the news wire's request. Three of the investigations concluded that the involved employees were not radicalized. The other two are still ongoing.
In half of the municipalities in the Netherlands, nothing is being done to prevent radicalization and jihadism, according to a study by the Security and Justice Inspectorate. Small and medium-sized municipalities in particular ignore this task, RTL Nieuws reports.
PVV leader Geert Wilders' legislative proposal to give intelligence service AIVD the power to detain potential terrorists for six months as a precaution, was met with criticism by other parliamentary parties. Human rights organization Amnesty called the PVV proposal a "frontal attack on the rule of law", according to NOS.
An 18-year-old woman was arrested in Venray on Friday on terrorism suspicions. She forms part of one of six ongoing investigations into jihadism and terrorism in Limburg, but her arrest is not connected to the arrest of a 28-year-old terrorism suspect in Heerlen last week, the Public Prosecutor said to Dagblad De Limburger.
The measures the Netherlands intends to implement to tackle jihadism and terrorism is in violation of international treaties, including the European Convention on Human Rights, the Council of Europe wrote in a letter to the Dutch government, AD reports.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's claim that the Netherlands and Belgium does not under stand terrorism or jihadism is "absolutely incorrect", Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice said on Friday following Erdogan's interview with CNN.
The Dutch government is going to keep track of all Salafist organization and look into whether it is possible to ban them, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs told the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Thursday, lower house of parliament, on Thursday
The municipality of The Hague has started a trial that will enable them to better assess how dangerous radicalized "lone wolves" are, Mayor Jozias van Aartsen wrote in an action plan against radicalization.
The Council of Ministers will discuss possible extra funding for security services today.
The police fired on a man who was waving two large meat knives near the Groningen Museum in Groningen on Sunday. According to a police spokesperson, the man tried to stab bystanders. The man fled when officers approached him.
Information material about explosives and an automatic weapon were recently found during raids on alleged Dutch jihadists. This reports Herman Bolhaar, chief of the Public Prosecution.
Minister of Social Affairs Lodewijk Asscher is very concerned about the large amount of support among Turkish youth in the Netherlands for violent jihadist groups such as Islamic State (ISIS).
According to Minister Ronald Plasterk of Internal Affairs, a number of terrorist attacks have been prevented in the Netherlands in recent months.
The Dutch government withdrew the passports of 49 people identified as suspected jihadists, Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten said. Speaking on television show WNL, Opstelten said 41 of those were believed to be planning to fight in Syria or Iraq, while the other eight had their passports invalidated to prevent them from re-entering the Netherlands.
All six children of the two sets of parents from Huizen who were arrested in the last weekend of August on suspicion of wanting to take their families to Syria to join the caliphate have been released and may return home. The juvenile court magistrate in Utrecht has decided they may be taken out of foster care, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
On Thursday, three of the four parents suspected of jihadism who were arrested in Huizen were released. Mayor Fons Hertog says he is unsure what they will do, or what will happen with their children, who were taken away by child services, De Telegraaf reports.
According to Trouw, jihadism in The Netherlands is concentrated in mostly three regions. Per region, there are dozens of jihadists planning to travel to Syria or Iraq, or who were apprehended by the authorities prior to their departure, and those who are in the war zone already or who have returned from there.
CDA leader Sybrand Buma was under fire in the Second Chamber today when he proposed to make the glorification of terrorism punishable.
In The Hague, police arrested a 29-year-old man in his home Tuesday on suspicion of his involvement in the jihadist forces in Syria. According to the police, he is also suspected of possessing incendiary texts. The man is one of several arrested by the police for traveling in or out of Syria.
The Cabinet's new policy to enforce stricter measures against the threat of jihadism amongst Dutch nationals is not supported by some Muslim organizations, who argue that the Cabinet is going to target all Muslims rather than a select group, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Two families with children living in the Gooise Huizen have been prevented by police and the Department of Justice form linking themselves up with terrorist organization IS in Syria. Neighbors of the family were shocked to hear that Mourad M. had jihadist intentions. His boss is equally gobsmacked, and tells the Algemeen Dagblad that he never would have guessed a radical streak in the man.
Mayors of eight Dutch and three Belgian cities are going to come together on Tuesday evening for a summit about jihad fighters after the report that threats of a rising number of returned fighters on European soil warned of possible attacks in the future, the AD reports.