An 18 year old Syrian man was arrested in The Hague on Monday on suspicion of participation in a terrorist organization, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday. The man arrived in the Netherlands in October and applied for asylum. He was living in an asylum shelter in Zaandam.
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"
The United States want Dutch traveling to the country to go through sharp security checks before they board the plane in the Netherlands. The Americans are currently discussing this measure with the Netherlands and five other countries.
Van Dale announced their ten nominations for Dutch word of the years. As in previous years, the nominations give quite a bit of insight of what the past year has been like. This year's nominations indicate that the Dutch population was concerned with refugees, terrorism and Volkswagen's diesel scandal.
Thalys passengers may soon be facing extra security screenings on the cross-border trains after the terrorist attacks in Paris.
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.
A low flying passenger jet over De Kuip gave football fans quite a fright during the Feyenoord vs FC Twente match on Sunday afternoon. The terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th left everyone in Europe a little jumpy when attending a football match or other event. But in this case the fear was unfounded - the low flying airplane was KLM's new Dreamliner on its test flight.
A 15 year old girl from Gloire was arrested on Wednesday after she sent threatening emails to her classmates with what the police calls a "terrorism character".
There is no reason to panic in the Netherlands after the terrorist attacks in Paris. The terrorism threat level remains the same and no link was found between those behind the terrorist attacks and jihadists in the Netherlands.
To avoid a security crisis and effectively fight terrorism, the police will need 1,500 extra officers and heavier weapons in the short term, according to police union ACP. With the current capacity and armament, the police won't be able to cope against terrorists.
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.
France will soon announce what military support the country will need given the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert thinks that the Netherlands could give that aid. "All options are open", the Minister said on Tuesday, adding that the fight against ISIS "concerns us all". "It's about values; our way of life"
Dutch football clubs are tightening security at stadiums this weekend following the terrorist attacks in Paris and the terror threat that stopped the friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands on Tuesday. There are no indications that an attack could happen at a Dutch station, but clubs like Ajax and Feyenoord decided to take extra measures to be safe. The Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is also taking extra security measures.
Reports of a suspicious package at the football stadium where Germany was to host the Netherlands Tuesday evening led to the football match’s cancellation. "We have had concrete evidence that someone wanted to detonate an explosive device at the stadium," Hannover police chief Volker Kluwe told German newswire Deutschen Presse-Agentur.
Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur were two of the more than 600 people who gathered in the Essalam mosque in Rotterdam on Monday night to hold a memorial for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.
The Dutch student who was injured when terrorists attacked a terrace in Paris on Friday, ran through a "hail of gunfire" to reach safety. He only realized that he had a bullet in his back some time later, not feeling the pain while running for his life.
Two Dutch people present at the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night came forward to tell about their experience. Twan, who was working in the Stade de France stadium, spoke of an eerie silence falling over the stadium. Ferry Zandvliet, who was attending the Eagles of Death Metal concert, told how he crawled through corpses to get out.
It is no longer reasonable to keep insisting that terrorism has nothing to do with religion, according to youth Imam Yassin El Forkani.
Amsterdam is calling on its residents to not let fear caused by the attacks in Paris lead them to change their way of life. The threat level in the city has not changed after the attacks and Amsterdam remains calm.
As he did after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in January, Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has once again taken a firm stance after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. The Mayor believes that ISIS has to be "eradicated root and branch". He calls on Muslims to speak out against the violence and on Dutch society to be more inclusive towards Muslims.
One of the three Dutch people injured in the Paris attacks, is a 20 year old TU Delft student from Geleen, multiple sources confirmed to Limburg media on Sunday.
Two Dutch citizens were among roughly 100 people who were seriously wounded in the terrorist attacks on Paris, France Friday night. One other Dutch person suffered minor injuries, Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders said Saturday.
The Netherlands increased and strengthened border security in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, France on Friday night. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the move at a press conference following an emergency meeting of cabinet members.
Organizations representing Muslim people in the Netherlands denounced terrorist attacks in Paris that left over 120 people dead and nearly 100 people in critical condition. “We regard these hideous and barbaric attacks on innocent civilians in Paris as an attack on the entire human race,” the Dutch Council of Moroccan Mosques (RMMN) said in a statement immediately after the assault.