Ministry of Defense

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Aug 12 '19 15:20

Dutch marines expect that there will be more skirmishes with Iran, should the Dutch government decide to agree to the American request to send a naval ship to the Strait of Hormuz near Iran. Though the Dutch navy is definitely up for the challenge and the risks involved in such a mission are limited, naval experts said to newspaper AD.

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Aug 9 '19 12:40

An explosive was used to blow open an ABN Amro ATM on Doctor Ringersstraat in Waalwijk early on Friday morning. The blast caused major damage to the building the ATM was attached to, blowing a massive hole in its facade. Whether the perpetrators got away with any money, is not yet clear.

The ATM bombing happened around 3:30 a.m. Witnesses saw two men in dark clothing leaving the scene on a scooter. Some witnesses also reported seeing a white delivery van driving towards Midden Brabantweg, according to Omroep Brabant. 

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Aug 9 '19 09:22

The partners of Dutch fighter pilots who were active in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania in 2017, were harassed at home during this period. They received repeated, unpleasant phone calls from people with a Russian accent who asked whether their men should not rather leave the area, among other things, the Telegraaf reports.

Military intelligence service MIVD told the newspaper that it is familiar with this practice, but would not say anything further about it. 

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Aug 6 '19 09:15

The police arrested a 31-year-old man in Amsterdam on Monday night after a long chase that started in Germany. The man fled from the German police after they checked his car in the town of Dinslaken and found a possible firearm, according to RTL Nieuws.

The man took off at high speed and the German police gave chase. The Dutch police joined the chase when the man crossed the border with the Netherlands. The cops pursued the man over a distance of about 170 kilometers via the A30, the A12 and the A1 highways. 

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Aug 1 '19 11:50

The Ministry of Defense suspended a sergeant major because he has links with outlaw motorcycle gangs. This is the first time that Defense suspended an employee because of links to biker gangs, according to NOS.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Jul 31 '19 16:40

A cleaning crew found two hand grenades left outside sisha lounge Pure Lounge on Antwerpsestraatweg in Bergen op Zoom on Tuesday morning. A cleaner found one grenade just outside the lounge's front door, her colleague found the second one in the parking lot, she said to Omroep Brabant.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Jul 29 '19 07:50

A total of 80 homes and a hotel on Keulsepoort in Venlo were evacuated on Monday morning after an ATM bombing. The area around the ATM is cordoned off while the police investigate whether any explosives were let behind. No one was hurt, the Limburg police said on Twitter. 

The ATM bombing happened at around 3:30 a.m., according to broadcaster NOS. Witnesses saw a scooter leaving the scene.

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Jul 24 '19 09:19

A 22-year-old soldier was killed in an accident during a parachute jump at the airport in Teuge on Tuesday. The accident happened during training. Bystanders saw the soldier spin in the air, Omroep Gelderland reports.

According to the broadcaster, it seemed as if the victim was unable to control the parachute properly. How the accident happened is not yet clear. The Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military, is investigating under the leadership of the Public Prosecution Service.

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Jul 16 '19 11:08

The Rozengracht in Amsterdam was closed off to traffic on Tuesday morning after a hand grenade was found tied to the door of a local business. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department removed the explosive, but the street is still closed for investigation, AD reports.

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Jul 16 '19 07:44

The discovery of an explosive, presumably a hand grenade, triggered the evacuation of the Botermarkt in Haarlem on Monday. The square was closed off for several hours while the Ministry of Defense's explosive clearance service removed the explosive to detonate it elsewhere, the police said on Twitter.

The police responded to the scene at around 8:30 a.m. The square was released again at around 11:00 a.m., according to newspaper AD. 

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Jul 11 '19 16:00

A group of Dutchbat veterans who were at the fall of Srebrenica in 1995 are going to sue the Dutch State for sending the soldiers on an "impossible mission". They want a resolution including apologies and a symbolic amount in compensation, lawyer Micheal Ruperti confirmed to RTL Nieuws after a report by AD. 

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Jul 2 '19 09:16

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. 

Dutch soldiers with Minimi-light machine guns
Jul 1 '19 13:40

The Netherlands will not send ground troops to Syria, Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld said on Friday. "There is no mandate for it, and Mr. Hoekstra knows that too." The Dutch government did not inform the United States embassy or government about this, US Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra said to Nieuwsuur. "She didn't let me know personally", Hoekstra said to the program.

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Jun 27 '19 11:00

The United States wants the Netherlands to provide "military assets on the ground" for a new mission in Syria aimed to keep terrorist organization ISIS small, Pete Hoekstra, the US Ambassador to the Netherlands, said to the Volkskrant.

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Jun 21 '19 11:00

The Ministry of Defense started proceedings against five students and one leader of the Royal Military Academy (KMA) who "seriously violated the standards" of the Defense organization, State Secretary Barbara Visser said in a letter to parliament, NU.nl reports. 

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Jun 19 '19 07:43

An ATM on Postjesweg in Amsterdam was blown open early on Wednesday morning. Photos from the scene show that the blast caused major damage. The police and the Ministry of Defense's explosive experts are at the scene.

The ATM bombing happened at around 3:30 a.m. on the corner of Postjesweg and Columbusstraat. Photos from the scene show that part of the building's facade was blown off. The adjacent pet shop also sustained damage. And local residents report their windows shattering, according to NOS. 

US Navy ships on the Gulf of Oman
Jun 17 '19 08:30

The umbrella organization for Dutch shipping companies KVNR will be meeting with the Ministry of Defense on Monday to discuss increased tensions on the Persian Gulf. Recent attacks on oil tankers in the region prompted fears that more commercial ships may be targeted.

Jeanette Morang of the Dutch Navy
Jun 13 '19 12:32

Captain Jeanette Morang will be promoted to Commodore on Friday. She is the first woman to receive the highest rank in the Dutch Navy. The Dutch Armed Forces and the Dutch Air Force already appointed women to their highest officer ranks, NOS and RTV Rijnmond report.

A Defense robot used to investigate explosives
Jun 13 '19 07:55

The police responded to Molenstraat in Zundert in large numbers on Thursday morning due to an explosive left behind after a failed ATM bombing. Explosive experts and firefighters are also at the scene. Surrounding homes were evacuated, the police said on Twitter.

The explosive was left by two men who wanted to blow open an ATM in the center of the Noord-Brabant village sometime between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, according to Omroep Brabant. The two suspects fled the scene on a scooter. Bystanders told the broadcaster that it involves an ABN Amro ATM. 

American war cemetery on Omaha beach in Normandy
Jun 6 '19 13:40

The 75th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion that helped liberate Europe from the Nazi occupation in 1944, is being commemorated in Britain and France this week. Prime Minister Mark Rutte attended the commemoration in the English Portsmouth on Wednesday. And Minster Ank Bijleveld of Defense attended commemorations in Normandy and Arromanches on Thursday.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Jun 6 '19 09:33

An ABN Amro ATM on Gildeplein in Purmerend was blown open early on Thursday morning. A few hours after the ATM bombing, emergency services discovered a suspicious object they think may be an explosive that hasn't detonated. The Ministry of Defense's explosives clearance service is at the scene, the police said in a statement.

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May 23 '19 17:10

The Public Prosecutor (OM) in the Netherlands plans to move forward with a case against RTL Boulevard presenter Alberto Stegeman, who is accused of sneaking past security on a military site and leaving a fake bomb in its mess hall. Stegeman defended the action, for his show Undercover in Nederland, saying that the entire act was critical to demonstrating lax security at the Oldebroek barracks in the province of Gelderland.

Dutch soldiers with Minimi-light machine guns
May 23 '19 10:30

Major mistakes made by the Ministry of Defense led to incidents in which soldiers suffered heatstrokes during training in the Netherlands, television program Zembla reports based on "recent, confidential investigation reports".

Police guard in a detention center
May 17 '19 08:17

A 36-year-old Defense employee was arrested early in April for a serious violent crime in Oudenbosch. He is suspected of tricking his way into a young woman's home, tying her up and raping her, the Telegraaf reported on Friday.

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