Dutch society has been pressured by the revival of right-wing extremism over the past years, the National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Security said in a new report published on Monday. The Coordinator looked into right-wing extremist violence in Western Europe and the historical and international context of right-wing extremism in the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.
Although the jihadist threat changed over he past months, the threat in the Netherlands remains substantial at 4 on a scale of 5, the national coordinator for counter terrorism and security NCTV said on Monday. That means that there is a real probability of an attack in the Netherlands, but there are no concrete indications that one is being planned, ANP reports.
Dutch security services remain concerned by elements of an ultra-conservative orthodoxical Salafist movement in the Netherlands, the AIVD announced Thursday. Despite this, the agency along with counter-terrorism office NCTV said it saw no evidence of ISIS operatives using refugee status to sneak into the Netherlands and wreak havoc.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders has revoked the visas of three Muslim preachers who were scheduled to speak at a benefit in Rijswijk on 8 March. This was supposedly done because these imams are "hate preachers." It is not clear exactly who these imams are.
A suicide bombing in Iraq is the work of a Dutch jihadist, SITE Intelligence Group tweeted on Wednesday.
A new threat issued by a group claiming affiliation with ISIS names Amsterdam amongst several potential high-profile targets. Titled “Lone Wolves”, the Arabic-language piece seems to promote the use of dirty bombs with the statement, “You will feel it when Cesium-131 spreads down the streets and train stations of Russia, Boston, Dallas, Virginia and Amsterdam.”
Prime Minister Mark Rutte tried to allay fears that the Netherlands is not prepared to deal with domestic terrorism following a meeting of the Dutch Cabinet on Friday. “While we cannot guarantee that no attacks will take place, the police, security offices and the [National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism] have done everything reasonable to prevent this,” he said at a press conference.
The number of Dutch jihadists is much higher than the government reports, according to ISIS expert Pieter Van Ostaeyen, former military intelligence analyst Ronald Sandee and the Dutch jihadists themselves.
Following an attack on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte quickly notified the public that his country will support France as it deals with the fallout from the attack. Two armed, masked gunmen with rapid-fire weaponry and a rocket launcher initiated an assault on the office Wednesday leaving 12 dead, including two police officers, and at least nine injured.
A mother from Maastricht has single-handedly rescued her daughter from the Syrian city of Raqqa. Raqqa is regarded as the capital city of the caliphate of the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS).
Dutch people are careless when using a work laptop, tablet or smartphone on a public WiFi network. Many people seem unaware of the risks. One in three employees even sometimes leave their device unattended.
Extra security is on display today at Jewish historical locations, institutions and sites of worship across Noord and Zuid Holland. In addition to the police monitoring of locations in Amsterdam, Dick Schoof, National Coordinator of Counterterrorism and Safety (NCTV), said security will also be stepped up in the Hague and Rotterdam.
The threat that Dutch nationals will be kidnapped and held hostage abroad is rising, and Dutch people abroad have been told to be extra vigilant for terrorist acts. The Dutch counter-terrorism co-ordinator NCTV's Dick Schoof advises that people in volatile countries in the Middle-East, Asia and Africa have to be extra careful, the NOS reports.
After a video appeared on Facebook in which a Dutch jihadist in Syria calls on his "brothers in The Netherlands and Belgium" to take action, Dutch intelligence services sounded the alarm. Dick Schoof of the National counter-terrorism unit NCTV says that the threat level "remains substantial", the NOS reports.
A team of the Regional Crime squad in The Hague arrested a 32 year old man and a 24 year old woman in Germany for various offenses. This was done in cooperation with the German authorities on behalf or the Public Prosecutor in The Hague. Both of these suspects are residents of The Hague.
PVV-leader Geert Wilders has received threats from the Pakistani Taliban. According to the Algemeen Dagblad, the threat comes in the form of a video on an online magazine's website, showing a bullet shooting through an image of the politician.
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.
The spokesperson for the Dutch Syria fighters currently in the war-ravaged Aleppo, Abu Mohammed, has published a statement warning that the Dutch government should not hold back its nationals, but allow them to exchange their Dutch nationality for an unobstructed exit to Syria, De Telegraaf reports.
Parliament wants clarification from the Cabinet about how much the Dutch state has invested into the Greek vacation villa of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. Local media claims that "illegal building" occurred on the grounds, bought by the Dutch state.
Jewish buildings in Amsterdam are going to receive extra security supervision, a decision made by the mayor on advice from the National counter-terrorism coordinator (NCTV).
Two returned Syria fighters from the Netherlands are in custody after planning an attack on PVV-leader Geert Wilders. This was announced by Wilders himself on Sunday, when asked by press office ANP, in relation to the arrest of a suspect of the shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, who was also a Syria fighter.
For the first time, a Dutch national has been arrested because he fought in Syria. The Public Prosecution Authority (OM) announced on Tuesday that the 20-year old man from Amsterdam was arrested last week. According to the OM, he was carrying "terror-inciting texts" with him and planned a trip to Syria. The man is not suspected of recruiting other people for jihad.
In The Netherlands, 5000 professionals, including teachers and agents, have been trained to spot signs of radicalization. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Almere have been classified as 'jihad cities', where jihadists are being closely followed.