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Clueless Dutch government supported jihadists in Syria with 25 million euros of pickup trucks

By Laura Cat 11 September 2018

In a shocking report by newspaper Trouw and news programme Nieuwsuur, it is learned that the Netherlands supported a ‘terrorist movement’ in Syria. This is what we know from the first report of the five part report.

The Dutch government had been supporting the armed group in Syria labelled by the Public Prosecution Service as ‘terrorist’.

A lawsuit will begin in October against a Dutch Syrian gang who has contributed to the struggle of Jabhat al-Shamiya. The Dutch government had previously supported the group with ‘non-lethal goods’.

Members of Parliament have been asking about the state secret programme NLA (Non Lethal Assistance) for years but the Dutch government has always kept the names of the supported groups hidden.

Trouw and Nieuwsuur have talked with around 100 Syrian rebels, including those involved in the NLA programme, in recent months. They have learned that through this programme, the Netherlands have supplied ‘non-lethal goods’ to 22 combat groups in Syria from 2015 to the beginning of 2018.

Rebel leaders and other involved parties have confirmed that the Netherlands delivered uniforms and pickup trucks to Jabhat al-Shamiya (‘Levant Front’) in 2017, an organisation which has been described by the Public Prosecution Service as ‘salafist’ and ‘jihadist’.

Trouw and Nieuwsuur identified a total of six specific brigades that received Dutch support. Requests for information about the NLA program based on the Government Information (Public Access) Act were refused to Trouw and Nieuwsuur.

In a response by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was emphasised that the programme has now been discontinued: “Our monitoring showed that the risks were too great; in view of the changed situation in Syria, we did not consider continuation. The messages from Nieuwsuur and Trouw strengthen our conviction that stopping the support was the right decision.”

The Dutch cabinet wrote to the Lower House in 2015 that only ‘moderate’ groups in Syria would be given support. Strict criteria was used to determine which ‘moderate armed groups’ would qualify. For example, if they were complying with the humanitarian laws of war.

The groups and relief sent was to be continuously monitored with the government arguing that aid was necessary to ensure moderate groups could gain more weight if political negotiations take place in Syria.

The cost in Dutch support totals more than 25 million euros. In addition to uniforms and pickup trucks, such as the Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-max, the Netherlands also sent satellite telephones, laptops, mattresses, backpacks and cameras.

The Trouw and Nieuwsuur video footage shows the same type of pick-up trucks with machine guns attached to shoot their targets from the truck.

However, it is impossible to check if they were the trucks provided by the Netherlands as they have no identification or number plates. The rebels say they are very happy with the Dutch help and have used the goods received in the armed struggle.

Reaction in the Lower House has been shock. CDA member Martijn van Helvert has officially asked the cabinet six times for help to Syrian opposition groups. He and colleague Pieter Omtzigt complain about the secrecy of the cabinet.

Coalitarian member D66 are shocked by the Nieuwsuur and Trouw revelations. “How could this have happened after all the warnings from the House?”, member of parliament Sjoerd Sjoerdsma asks.

PVV leader Geert Wilders said: “The Dutch government supports terrorists abroad and lets them roam freely in the interior.”

The possibility of the minister of foreign affairs, who is responsible for the NLA programme and support of Jabhat al-Shamiya, may be guilty of an ‘offence’ if it is discovered that the minister was deliberately negligent according to criminal attorney Geert-Jan Knoops.

The Constitution states that the Dutch government has the task of protecting and promoting the international legal order and to protect in ‘the broadest sense of the word’. Criminal prosecution can only take place by royal decree or by order of the House of Representatives.


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"Non lethal" support turns into "lethal support" when you are supporting Jihadis.

It evidently never occurred to the Dutch to send some F-16's or artillery support to help the Kurds. Instead, they are fixated on Assad

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"Non lethal" support turns into "lethal support" when you are supporting Jihadis.

It evidently never occurred to the Dutch to send some F-16's or artillery support to help the Kurds. Instead, they are fixated on Assad


I do fault the Dutch government, but they have less to be embarrassed about than a certain 'maverick' Senator who actually supported sending lethal support to groups that either turned out to be jihadis or groups that immediately turned their gear over to jihadis.

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If the Dutch government supported Jabhat al-Shamiyah after 18 April 2015, that is clearly an error. Some people were not up to the changes in the fluid situation in Syria.

But the what is this Voice of Europe? :roll:

There was tiny nuggets in Nazi or soviet propaganda too. ;)

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