Ministry of Defense

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Feb 25 '16 12:35

A total of 200 people were arrested on suspicion of human-trafficking related crimes since the controls on Dutch borders were tightened in September. More than 200 thousand people were checked between September and mid-January, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert wrote to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament

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Feb 16 '16 10:53

The Ministry of Defense wants to reduce its use of fossil fuels like oil and gas by 70 percent in 2050. Increased dependency on more fuel cause problems during operations, Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert writes in her Operational Energy Strategy

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Feb 12 '16 09:13

NATO will help Greece and Turkey to tackle human traffickers on the Aegean Sea and in so doing curb the flow of asylum seekers. And the Netherlands is offering a frigate to support this action. "We will deliver", Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of Defense said, adding that a ship will be made available in the short term.

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Feb 10 '16 11:07

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert supports Germany and Turkey's plan to use NATO against human traffickers in the Aegan Sea near Greece and Turkey. According to her, the asylum crisis is too large to worry about taboos on possible solutions. "That means we have to look at all options. Even if it is maritime deployment within NATO context"

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Feb 8 '16 14:05

The Dutch Corps Commandos will be awarded the Military Order of Willem for their extraordinary efforts in Afghanistan, the government information service Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst announced on Monday. King Willem-Alexander will present the award on March 15th on the Binnenhof in The Hague.

Feb 8 '16 08:07

Dutch F-16's bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq may have lead to civilian casualties. Two bombings in which civilians may have died are being investigated, the government wrote in a letter sent to parliament on Saturday

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Feb 2 '16 14:55

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert is changing the law so that the Dutch compulsory military service also applies to women, she announced to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament on Monday

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Feb 2 '16 08:17

An investigation into possible fraud and mismanagement in the procurement of IT projects at the Ministry of Defense did not reveal any irregularities, Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert wrote to the lower house of parliament on Monday

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Jan 26 '16 13:30

Two F-16 fighter jets from the Royal Air Force landed at Schiphol airport for the first time ever on Tuesday

Jan 20 '16 14:30

The Court of Auditors wants clarification from Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert on how she plans to manage the possibly higher costs involved in the purchase of the new JSF-jets due to fluctuations in the euro-dollar exchange rate, the court wrote in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament

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Dec 24 '15 07:34

Erik Akerboom, senior official at the Ministry of Defense, is the preferred candidate for the new Chief of the National Police. The selection committee, consisting of representatives from the police and the Ministry of Security and Justice, consider him the best candidate. The police's central works council discussed the matter with him this week and came to an agreement for his appointment

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Dec 18 '15 16:20

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs thinks that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's statements that the Netherlands will be violating international law if the government decides to start bombing terrorist organization ISIS in Syria is "completely absurd".

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Dec 17 '15 14:40

The Dutch Institute for War Documentation will be reexamining the fall of Srebrenica. The new investigation follows the Argos documentary on Srebrenica earlier this year, in which former Defense Minister Joris Voorhoeve stated that the Dutch UN soldiers did not get air support when the Bosnian Muslim enclave fell in 1995 because of a secret agreement between France, Britain and the United States.

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Dec 14 '15 12:50

The Ministry of Defense failed its Lebanon in providing information about and offering treatment for post traumatic stress disorder, the Central Appeals Court ruled on Monday.

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Dec 4 '15 12:01

The Dutch government will make a decision on whether or not the Netherlands will take part in the bombardment of terrorist organization Islamic State in Syria in the "coming weeks", Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert said just before the Council of Ministers meeting on Friday morning

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Dec 4 '15 07:25

The United States officially requested that the Netherlands "intensify" the fight against terrorist organization Islamic State by participating in bombarding in Syria. The Cabinet is considering it, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said in a parliamentary debate on Thursday. He called ISIS "an enemy that can not only be contained, but must be destroyed"

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Nov 30 '15 10:30

Opposition parties D66 and SP are demanding clarity about the role the Netherlands plays in United States drone attacks after two Somali victims of such an attack filed a lawsuit against the Dutch State. The two Somalis are holding the Netherlands partly responsible for damages suffered because Dutch intelligence plays a key role in the American anti-terror operations in Somalia.

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Nov 24 '15 08:31

The United States of America officially requested that the Netherlands participate in bombing terrorist organization Islamic State in Syria. At this time the Netherlands is only bombing ISIS in Iraq.

Nov 19 '15 10:34

One of the five Satudarah members who are suspected in the murder of Rudi Schouten, worked as a soldier for Defense and the Marechaussee, military police, for years.

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Nov 9 '15 14:04

me 40 people have been arrested in connection with human trafficking since the mobile surveillance checks were intensified in mid-September, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice announced on Monday. He believes that the intensified surveillance is paying off.

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Nov 4 '15 12:45

The Dutch Bar Association is concerned about the fact that the Ministry of Defense is recording calls between soldiers and their lawyers and that Defense departments other than the security agencies may be listening to the conversations.

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Oct 30 '15 17:00

Army reservists are very negative about the cutbacks to their training. “A non-trained reservist is useless. We are not hobbyists, our work is not optional.” an internal memo, in the hands of the Telegraaf, reads. Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has said that she considers part-time soldiers' increasing importance to be unacceptable and that she can't do any further training from September.

Oct 13 '15 09:48

Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of Defense has been named the most influential woman in the Netherlands in the Opzij Top 100 Most Influential Women 2015.

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Sep 21 '15 09:52

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert expects that the government will soon make a decision on whether the Netherlands will extend its participation in the fight against Islamic State to Syria.

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