Syria

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

Mar 29 '16 15:09

A a young woman from Rotterdam was arrested at Schiphol airport earlier this month on suspicion of being a foreign rebel fighter in the Syrian civil war. ISIS let her leave their caliphate to seek medical attention

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Mar 28 '16 10:01

Several hundred Dutch people of Turkish and Moroccan descent demonstrated against terrorism in Rotterdam on Sunday. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb also participated and gave a speech.

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Mar 24 '16 13:35

Aykut K., a 26 year old Doesburg man believed to be fighting for a terrorist organization in Syria, died some time ago. His family told Doesburg mayor Loes van der Meijs of his death during a discussion, the municipality confirmed to the Gelderlander.

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Mar 15 '16 08:50

"Seeing is believing. But it could be a positive step", is Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders' response to the news that Russia plans to withdraw forces from Syria from Tuesday.

asylum seekers
Mar 14 '16 11:26

About a quarter of the people who submitted asylum application in the Netherlands during the first months of 2016 will likely be refused a residency permit and sent back to their home countries. This is because these people came from countries that are considered "safe" and therefore only qualify for refugee status in exceptional circumstances.

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Mar 11 '16 16:04

Amstelveen mayor Mirjam van 't Veld says she refuses to back down from plans to receive asylum seekers in the Amsterdam suburb despite a specific death threat made against her. She would not comment on the context of the threat in an interview with newspaper Het Parool, but she said it was typed on half of an A4-sized sheet of paper and addressed to her personally.

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Mar 11 '16 07:30

Among leaked files of 22 thousand ISIS combatants is information on at least two, but maybe up to seven, Dutch jihadists

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Mar 8 '16 09:00

The radicalization helpline, set up by the Moroccan Dutch Alliance, received 552 requests for help in the first year of its existence. 94 cases were so serious that the parents needed support from a counselor, the Alliance announced in a fact sheet on Tuesday.

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Mar 1 '16 13:30

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) contradicts the claim that eight Dutch jihadists were executed in Raqqa last week. According to the organization, these are false rumors and no foreign fighters were killed by terrorist organization Islamic State.

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Mar 1 '16 09:43

The Netherlands will help monitor the situation in Syria and violations to the ceasefire in the country in a communication center based in Geneva, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said to BNR after a meeting with the International Syria Support Group on the ceasefire in Syria.

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Mar 1 '16 07:37

Eight Dutch jihadists in Islamic State were executed on Friday in Raqqa, the ISIS declared caliphate. About 75 others were arrested by the terrorist organization, according to Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS).

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Feb 29 '16 08:41

At least 20 Syrian asylum seekers in the Netherlands are suspected of war crimes in their home country. Despite this, they can not be deported, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice wrote in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Monday

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Feb 16 '16 17:42

Dutch fighter jets were involved in ten different bombing missions against ISIS military targets last week, including locations in Syria. It is the first time the Netherlands permitted Dutch F-16s to join missions in Syria.

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Feb 13 '16 08:00

The United States is leading an investigation into bomb threats made against schools across the world in January, including three schools in Amsterdam. Though American authorities are in charge of the case, they are working in unison with the Netherlands, Dutch police said on broadcaster AT5.

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

asylum seekers
Feb 4 '16 08:05

The Netherlands' asylum policy is one of the strictest in the European Union. In only five other European countries asylum seekers have less chance of getting refugee status than in the Netherlands, according to a study done by the WODC, Justice Ministry's scientific research and documentation center

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Jan 29 '16 08:09

A suicide bombing in Yemen on Thursday in which at least seven people were killed, was carried by Dutch jihadist Abu Hanifa al-Hulandi, according to Belgian jihad investigator Pieter van Ostayen

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Jan 28 '16 14:19

Several reports of a terrorist threat in Amsterdam had investigative services in the city on high alert Thursday morning, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan told the General Affairs committee at City Hall. The nature of the threat was not disclosed, but the response to the threat was "scaled down" later in the day, a city council spokesman confirmed to the NL Times.

Jan 26 '16 17:29

The British School in the Hague was evacuated Tuesday morning after a bomb threat against the institution was made, police said. The threat was made shortly before 8 a.m., leading students to be kept at a nearby staging area a spokesman told the NL Times.

Jan 26 '16 14:23

On Tuesday the PvdA agreed to extend the Dutch participation in the fight against terrorist organization Islamic State to also include bombings in Syria. This means that a large majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, is now behind air strikes against ISIS in Syria

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Jan 25 '16 13:21

Former soldier Jitske Akse, now known as the Dutch vigilante fighter who fought against ISIS in Syria, is hiding in protective custody for fear of retribution from ISIS supporters

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