Syria

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Dec 14 '16 14:00

A vigil showing support to the people in Aleppo, Syria will be held on Amsterdam's Dam Square on Wednesday. The organizers plan to turn the square into a "sea of candles", with each participant holding one. So far over a thousand people indicated that they will attend.

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Nov 18 '16 10:34

Anyone who wants to travel to a terrorist-control area from the Netherlands can only do so with the Ministry of Security and Justice's express permission. Those who travel to such an area without permission, could face 2 years in prison, according to a proposal Minister Ard van der Steur is preparing.

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Nov 14 '16 14:15

With European citizens becoming more polarized when it comes to integration, Islam and asylum, the Netherlands must prepare for a possible attack during the parliamentary elections in March, cautions Dick Schoof, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security. Radicalized loners, both ultra nationalists and religious fanatics, could be particularly dangerous, he told radio station BNR.

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Nov 11 '16 16:45

A 26-year-old was to the Netherlands this week. The woman, identified as Ramona S. from Maastricht, was taken into custody in Belgrade.

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Nov 4 '16 10:17

Maastricht suspected terrorist is returning to the Netherlands next week, according to Limburg broadcaster L1. Serbia is extraditing the very pregnant 26-year-old woman and she is scheduled to land on Schiphol airport on Thursday.

with her Belgian-Turkish husband seven weeks ago. The authorities suspect her of trying to travel to Syria with the intent of joining a terrorist organization.

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Oct 20 '16 07:30

Another 15 names were added to the Netherlands' national terrorism list on Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. Their assets were frozen to make it more difficult for them to fund or participate in terrorist activities

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Sep 20 '16 14:30

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs "strongly" condemns a bombing attack on an aid convoy in the Syrian province of Aleppo. According to him, the bombing "resembles a war crime", he said from New York on Tuesday, where he is attending the UN General Assembly

Sep 7 '16 10:09

A 31-year-old woman was arrested in the home in Tilburg last week after the police received information that she was planning to leave for Syria to join a terrorist organization, the police announced on Tuesday.

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Sep 6 '16 10:40

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs added 9 new names to the Netherlands' national terrorism watch list, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday. The list now contains the names of 61 Dutch individuals and 3 organizations.

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Sep 2 '16 16:00

Rabobank wants the Dutch government to compile a list of designated aid organizations that are allowed to make payments to Syria and Russia. Currently the bank blocks many transactions to comply with international rules around sanctions against certain countries

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Aug 17 '16 10:06

Authors of a report titled Destination Syria are accusing the Public Prosecutor of misinterpreting the report. The Prosecutor is using the report to show that every woman takes an active part in the caliphate, but according to the professors, that's not what they wrote

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Aug 17 '16 08:22

On Tuesday the court in Limburg convicted a 15-year-old girl of trying to join a terrorist organization. The girl was caught preparing to join Islamic State last year

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Aug 5 '16 08:17

On Thursday Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs called for direct and effective aid to civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The Netherlands is insisting on at least a temporary cease fire, humanitarian assistance and making food drops possible, the Ministry reported in a statement on Thursday.

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Aug 5 '16 07:37

Laura H., the 20-year-old mother arrested on Schiphol on Monday after claiming to escape from ISIS with her two kids, will remain in custody for another two weeks, the court in Rotterdam decided on Thursday.

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Aug 2 '16 07:32

Laura H., a 20-year-old Dutch woman who claims to have escaped from terrorist group ISIS, is back in the Netherlands. She landed on Schiphol on Monday night and was immediately arrested, the Public Prosecutor announced.

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Aug 1 '16 08:35

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is calling on the international community to increase pressure on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. This is the only way that a genocide, like what happened in Rwanda and Srebrenica, can be avoided in the Syrian city of Aleppo, he wrote in an opinion piece published in British newspaper The Independent.

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Jul 28 '16 09:08

The Dutch consulate in the Iraqi city of Erbil had personal contact with Laura H. - a Dutch woman who escaped from the ISIS caliphate with her two kids two weeks ago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.

Jul 25 '16 09:57

On Friday the court in The Hague sentenced four Dutch men to six years in prison for traveling to Syria to join a terrorist organization. All four were not present to hear their sentencing as they are currently in Syria or Iraq. One is believed to be dead

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Jul 20 '16 15:30

The Netherlands made 45 million euros available for cleaning up landmines in former conflict areas, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday. The Ministry is investing the money in three demining projects operating in a total of 13 countries.

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Jul 19 '16 14:45

Dutch woman Laura H. instructed Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to leave her injured husband behind when they helped her and her two children flee from terrorist organization ISIS last week, Kurdish general Bahram Arif Yassin told newspaper Trouw.

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Jul 14 '16 07:43

Laura H.'s father is "hugely relieved" that his daughter and grandchildren managed to escape from terrorist organization Islamic State and is excited for their return to the Netherlands

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Jul 13 '16 07:44

A Dutch woman lived in areas controlled by terrorist group Islamic State for almost a year before managing to escape on Tuesday and get help from Kurdish fighters in Mosul, Iraq, reports Kurdish television station Kurdistan24.

Jul 4 '16 08:00

Since November 2015, about 400 Syrian and Iraqi refugees have stated that they wish to leave the Netherlands. The majority of these refugees have still not started the asylum procedure, according to a report by BNR based on statistics from the repatriation and departure service in the Netherlands.

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Jun 22 '16 08:33

Jitse Akse will not be prosecuted. The criminal investigation against the former Dutch soldier could not find sufficient evidence to prove that he personally killed ISIS jihadists in Syria, as he claimed in the press earlier this year, the Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday.

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