Ministry of Defense

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Jun 26 '15 09:41

The Netherlands has reached an agreement on compensation with relatives in two Srebrenica cases. According to NOS, the compensation amounts to tens of thousands of euros.

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Jun 24 '15 09:57

More and more people who participated in military missions abroad register for welfare benefits due to all sorts of complaints.

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Jun 16 '15 12:00

A number of experts from the National Police and Defense launched a new mission in Eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. This investigation is aimed at gathering evidence in support or rejection of he different scenarios on what caused the disaster with flight MH17.

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Jun 9 '15 10:44

The police in Groningen are raiding multiple locations in the province as part of two ongoing investigations into cannabis cultivation. According to the police, these actions are "aimed at seizing cannabis, money, valuables and administration".

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Jun 1 '15 07:42

Two men entered the police station in Nieuwendijk with an explosive at around 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. The men had found the explosive and took it to the police station so that they could make it safe.

May 29 '15 08:37

Dutchbat never stood a chance in Srebrenica, because the Netherlands blocked the requested airstrike at the crucial moment, former Air Force officer Bart Wagenaar told the Telegraaf.

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May 27 '15 09:54

There is no evidence that Germany spied on the Netherlands at the request of the American secret Service NSA.

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May 22 '15 10:31

The Dutch marines intercepted a 6 thousand kilograms shipment of marijuana on the Caribbean Sea on Thursday morning. According to the Ministry of Defense, this is the largest catch ever.

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May 22 '15 09:07

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.

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May 15 '15 09:51

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.

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May 13 '15 10:03

The Special Intervention Service, which is used to deal with terrorists threats, is struggling with a sever staff shortage. The service currently has dozens of open vacancies, especially for members of SWAT teams, military police, snipers and marines, AD reports.

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May 11 '15 09:37

Dutch-trained police officers are fighting against the Taliban along with the Afghanistan army in Kunduz. This is despite the explicit agreement that the Dutch-trained officers would not take part in offensive combat operations.

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May 11 '15 09:00

The submarine service - one of the last male only services in the Dutch military - will soon also be opened to women.

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May 6 '15 10:51

It is too dangerous to continue working with chromium paint in the outdated spray booth at the Leeuwarden airbase. The carcinogenic substance is not sufficiently disposed of in the Leeuwarden spray booth and that the concentration in the air is sometimes 27 times higher than allowed.

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May 5 '15 07:58

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte attended the National Remembrance on the Dam in Amsterdam on Monday night. Prime Minister Rutte gave a speech entitled "Passing memories" after the memorial service in the Nieuwe Kerk.

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Apr 24 '15 14:35

The defense and international security budget should be structurally increased by 1.5 billion euros in the next few years, according to a manifesto by a group of 38 former ministers and other former politicians and managers.

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Apr 22 '15 11:51

The government will very likely stick to its earlier decision not to send ministers to the commemoration of the Armenian genocide on Friday.

Apr 13 '15 10:35

The Work Group for Missing Persons in World War II has identified three unidentified war victims based on extensive historical research and DNA relationship testing, the police announced.

Apr 9 '15 13:53

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will attend the National Remembrance in Amsterdam on Monday, May 4th. Prime Minister Rutte will also be present at the Liberation Day festival in Vlissingen on Tuesday, May 5th. There he will light the liberation fire as the start of the National Celebration of Liberation, which happens once every 5 years.

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Apr 6 '15 13:53

Dutchman Sjaak Rijke, who has been a captive of terrorist group Al-Qaida since November 2011, has been freed by commandos and other special forces of the French army in Mali this morning, the French Ministry of Defense announced this morning.

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Mar 26 '15 10:53

The Netherlands has confirmed its decision to purchase eight F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters that will arrive in the country in 2019, the Ministry of Defense announced today. The deal was signed in Washington DC last night.

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Mar 19 '15 11:37

Dutch Apache helicopters in Mali have been temporarily grounded after a fatal accident on Tuesday. Keeping the aircrafts grounded is a standard measure, says the Dutch Ministry of Defense.

Mar 18 '15 09:17

Ten containers of the Ministry of Defense that recently returned from Afghanistan to Volkel Air Base, turned out to not be filled with military equipment, but with stones, Omroep Brabant reports. The marechaussee (military police) confirmed the story.

Mar 18 '15 08:58

Two Dutch soldiers were killed in a crash with a Dutch Apache helicopter in Mali, Chief of Defense Tom Middendorp announced at a press conference in The Hague.

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