For the first time in Dutch history, police officers are allowed to patrol shopping malls, railway stations and other public places with machine guns. "Partly in response to the terrorist attacks with automatic firearms in France, the police decided to accelerate the training of marksmen and expand the deployment criteria of the monitoring units", a police spokesperson said
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.
A Somali man with a Dutch passport is the mastermind behind the terrorist attack at a popular beach in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Thursday. The man, Ismail Muse Ahmed Guled was arrested at the Mogadishu airport, according to freelance war reporter Harald Doornbos, Omroep Brabant reports. At least 19 people were killed in about 7 hours of attacks.
The PvdA is gradually leaning towards supporting the Netherlands extending its fight against Islamic State to also include bombing the terrorist organization in Syria. The Dutch F-16's are currently only bombarding ISIS in Iraq.
Airline Transavia no longer allows its crew members to sleep over in Egypt because they feel its too dangerous. The airline therefore added an extra stopover in Athens, Greece to replace the crew, increasing the travel time between the Netherlands and Egypt with several hours
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
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
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.
Johan Kieft, the Dutch United Nations official who was seriously injured in the terrorist attacks in Jakarta on Thursday, is no longer in life threatening danger. He will be transferred to a hospital in Singapore once his condition allows it, his family announced
At least 19 people were injured in the terrorists attacks in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday. According to a corresponded for Australian ABC, two of the injured are Dutch, one of them an UN official who was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. Seven people were killed, five of them were terrorists.
Update, 11:15 a.m., 14 January 2016: A previous report indicated the Dutch UN official was killed in the attack. He was critically injured and taken to an area hospital. Seven people were killed, five terrorists and two civilians, one of which a foreigner. 19 people were injured.
A Dutch United Nations official was critically injured in one of a number of terrorists attacks in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday, NOS reports. At least six people were killed in the series of bombings and gunfire, according to local news agency Jakarta Globe.
There are at least 70 Dutch children living in the caliphate declared by terrorist organization Islamic State. Life in the caliphate is "traumatic" and difficult, and those who have second thoughts about living in ISIS territory find it almost impossible to escape, according to a report by intelligence service AIVD
More than 50 nations pledged better cooperation when it comes to investigating suspected terrorists at the anti-terrorism conference in The Hague on Monday
The aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th was hard on Air France-KLM. The attacks cost the airline group an estimated 70 million euros in lost turnover, the group announced on Monday
Belgian jihad expert Montasser AIDe'emeh was arrested in his home in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek in Brussels on Monday. The Belgian police suspects that he gave a false written statement for a jihad suspect at the request of the suspect's imam brother, the Volkskrant reports.. AIDe'emeh is affiliated with the Radboud University in Nijmegen as an "outside researcher".
The Dutch cabinet has no plans to force businesses to build in “backdoors” for investigative agencies to snoop on data, Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur told parliament on Monday. The ruling coalition sees the privacy and security provided by encryption methods as being more important than making it easier for authorities to access information.
It's been an incredibly interesting year in the Netherlands, and we hope it was a good one for all of you. The country had many things to focus on, from terrorist attacks in Europe to an influx of refugee seeking people fleeing war zones. The economy seems to be improving, even though the government is having trouble coping with unemployment, but optimism is high across the country for 2016.
So let's take a look back, and see what the most popular stories were both to our Netherlands-based audience, and to our audience around the world.
In the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center in America in 2001, the Netherlands established an insurance fund that can pay out up to 1 billion euros in the case of an attack
A threat of a terrorist attack around New Year's involving a bicycle or cargo bicycle containing explosives has the Amsterdam police on high alert. They will be extra vigilant in crowded places and around event during the turning of the year
A terrorist attack in the Netherlands is a question of when, not if, according to National Police Chief Gerard Bouman. "I am convinced that one is on the way", the departing police chief said
Eindhoven mayor Rob Gijzel is blocking seven controversial Islamic imams from speaking at a religious conference in the Noord-Brabant city later this week. Gijzel was informed by the national counterterrorism office that the imams have used their pulpits to speak out against Jews and the LGBT community, according to NOS.
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".
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"
Authorities in Belgium made ten arrests after raiding 11 different locations in a terrorism investigation. Many of the arrests were made along the Limburg border with the Netherlands, reported Belgian media outlet Het Belang van Limburg based on information from the federal prosecutor.