Syria

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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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Jun 21 '16 08:06

A local mosque in Zoetermeer repeatedly reported problems with radicalizing youths in the city, but Zoetermeer did not respond. The mosque's calls for help directly conflict with the mayor's statements to the city council after the first suspected Dutch jihadists left from the city to Syria, that there were no previous signs that young Muslims were being radicalized in Zoetermeer, NRC reports based on its own research.

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Jun 15 '16 15:05

Two young Arnhem men were sentenced to prison for trying to join and participate in a terrorist organization in Syria

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May 13 '16 16:00

The Netherlands' F-16 stationed in Jordan participated in seven missions over Syria in the past three months. The Dutch fighter jets dropped bombs on ISIS targets four times during those missions, Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert wrote in response to questions from Parliament

May 13 '16 11:20

King Willem-Alexander paid a surprise visit to the 200 Dutch troops in Jordan on Thursday, the government information service announced.

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May 13 '16 09:29

Suspected jihadist Rachid el J. from Huizen had information about the military on him when he was arrested almost two years ago, Gooi-en Eemlander reported on Friday.

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May 12 '16 08:31

The asylum agreement between Turkey and the European Union seems to be bearing its first fruits. Since the agreement took effect last month, only 101 Syrians submitted their first application for asylum in the Netherlands - a much lower number than the 5,249 Syrian applications received at the peak in October last year

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May 4 '16 08:15

Children taking part in the conflict in Syria can be a considered a threat from the age of 9 years and will henceforth be added to the terrorism list in the Netherlands, intelligence service AIVD confirmed

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May 3 '16 09:44

Dutch F-16's are hardly deployed in missions over Syria because they are not equipped with the appropriation communication systems, parliamentarians discovered during a visit to Jordan this weekend.

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Apr 21 '16 14:23

Threats to the Netherlands from the jihadist corner is "more complex and difficult than ever before", according to general intelligence service AIVD's annual report for 2015. There are jihadists in the Netherlands that want bring the fight to their own country, and the attacks in Brussels and Paris last year show that terrorist organizations are capable of carrying out complex and well-executed attacks.

Apr 13 '16 15:35

Between 15 and 20 Dutch soldiers are actively fighting in Syria and Iraq, according to annual figures for 2015 from military intelligence service MIVD.

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Apr 4 '16 14:15

The first group of Syrian asylum seekers from Turkey will arrive in the Netherlands on Tuesday, the European Commission announced on Monday. These are "recognized asylum seekers" that EU member states agreed to take in as part of the asylum agreement with Turkey, which took effect on Monday.

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Apr 1 '16 16:20

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs will seriously investigate a report by Amnesty International which states that Turkey deports hundreds of asylum seekers back to Syria on a daily basis

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