Syria

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Jan 25 '16 12:38

The Dutch government made another 45.4 million euros available for emergency aid to Syrian refugees living in the region, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Monday. "The situation in many places is downright pitiful." the Minister said.

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Jan 25 '16 08:34

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs will be visiting the United Nations in New York on Monday and Tuesday. During his visit he will give a speech about Syria and the fight against ISIS. He will also speak about the Netherlands' ambition to become a temporary member of the UN Security council from 2017 to 2018, the elections for membership are in June.

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Jan 21 '16 15:15

ChristenUnie parliamentarian Joel Voordewind is calling for an end to the slow asylum procedure, that is leading to frustration, protests and even suicide in the emergency asylum shelters, AD reports.

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Jan 21 '16 09:52

A despairing asylum seeker set himself on fire at the Zaandam asylum shelter on Wednesday evening while shouting about his children. He was saved from life-threatening injury by other residents of the camp in the Burgemeester in't Veldpark

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Jan 21 '16 09:31

The Dutch jihadists who are still fighting for ISIS in Syria and Iraq form a "greater risk" for the Netherlands when they return than the current group of returnees, a Ministry of Security and Justice official said on Wednesday

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Jan 19 '16 08:20

Jitse Akse was arrested by a SWAT team in Arnhem on Wednesday. They dragged him out of his hiding place with a bag over his head and guns pointed at him

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Jan 18 '16 10:11

The arrest of former Dutch soldier Jitse Akse on suspicion that he killed ISIS-fighters in Syria, is leading to fierce criticism against the Public Prosecutor. The Prosecutor is abusing its powers as Akse was only arrested to prevent him from returning to Syria, says University of Amsterdam international law professor Geert-Jan Knoops. A petition against Akse's arrest already has almost 50 thousand signatures, and more than 21 thousand people liked a Facebook group created to show support for the former soldier.

Jan 8 '16 09:22

Police in Germany arrested three people including a 14-year-old Syrian boy seeking asylum in the Netherlands on suspicion of sexual assault. The accusation stems from an alleged New Year’s Eve attack on two girls, aged 14 and 15, newswire ANP reported on Thursday.

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Jan 6 '16 13:51

Dutch broadcaster NOS interviewed the jihadist in the latest ISIS video threatening the United Kingdom, the broadcaster announced on Tuesday. The BBC believes the man in the video is British man Abu Rumaysah, alias Siddhartha Dhar. NOS interviewed him in 2014, before he left for Syria.

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Dec 30 '15 08:17

The Netherlands is able to take in 200 thousand refugees, almost four times as many as arrived this year, PvdA leader Diederik Samsom said in an interview with the Nederlands Dagblad on Wednesday. According to the PvdA leader, "on a population of 17 million people" 200 thousand refugees is a "small amount".

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Dec 18 '15 16:20

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs thinks that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's statements that the Netherlands will be violating international law if the government decides to start bombing terrorist organization ISIS in Syria is "completely absurd".

Dec 18 '15 08:24

Should the Netherlands decide to extend the bombings against terrorist organization Islamic State to Syria, that would be illegal, according to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. "This is illegal. This is against the international law. We are a sovereign country"

Dec 14 '15 16:10

The total number of asylum requests the Netherlands received in 2015 reached 54 thousand in November, the Ministry of Security and Justice announced

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Dec 8 '15 11:35

United States regulators are investigating at least four controversial military equipment deliveries bankrupt Dutch firm Imtech made to Iraq

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Dec 4 '15 14:55

Amsterdam decided to give lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees shelter separate from the other asylum seekers following a number of threats and other incidents, Het Parool reported on Friday.

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Dec 4 '15 12:01

The Dutch government will make a decision on whether or not the Netherlands will take part in the bombardment of terrorist organization Islamic State in Syria in the "coming weeks", Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert said just before the Council of Ministers meeting on Friday morning

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Dec 4 '15 07:25

The United States officially requested that the Netherlands "intensify" the fight against terrorist organization Islamic State by participating in bombarding in Syria. The Cabinet is considering it, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said in a parliamentary debate on Thursday. He called ISIS "an enemy that can not only be contained, but must be destroyed"

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Dec 3 '15 16:15

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is committing 4 million euros to support rescue workers from the Syrian civil society organization White Helmets for the next two years, the Ministry announced on Thursday.

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Dec 3 '15 09:35

Former Al-Nusra fighter and Syrian media activist Mustafa saw his friends being brainwashed by terrorist organization ISIS. He joined Al-Nusra in the past, because it was his best option in Syria. He fled the country when his friends tried to force him to join a terrorist organization.

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Nov 25 '15 13:45

Forty suspected jihadists are roaming about the Netherlands under the supervision of the probation service, or managed to sneak off to Syria.

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Nov 24 '15 08:31

The United States of America officially requested that the Netherlands participate in bombing terrorist organization Islamic State in Syria. At this time the Netherlands is only bombing ISIS in Iraq.

Nov 19 '15 08:47

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is opposed to the Netherlands sending ground troops in the fight against terrorist organization Islamic State. He thinks that by deploying ground troops, the Netherlands will be repeating past mistakes and walking into ISIS traps.

Nov 14 '15 00:11

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called a series of attacks in Paris "awful" in two posts on social media Friday night. Multiple news agencies reported that anywhere up to 40 people were killed in three different shootings and two different explosions in the 10th and 11th districts of the French capital.

asylum seekers
Oct 21 '15 08:23

A record number of refugees applied for asylum in the Netherlands in September. A total of 8.4 thousand asylum seekers and people joining family members were registered, an increase of 21 percent compared to August.

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