June 16, 2014

Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans has said in a briefing to parliament that ‘many’ Dutch nationals have joined with ISIS, an Islamist group with actions in Iraq and Syria.  He adds that ‘various measures’ are being taken to prevent Dutch nationals from joining the group. For instance, the national secret service (AIVD) has given to Turkey the names of over 100 young men and women they believe may be planning to travel to Syria, and Turkey has agreed to deport them if spotted.

Also with respect to individuals travelling to Syria to join conflict, Dutch Education Minister Jet Bussemaker said that students who do so will lose their financing, and has already happened in some cases.

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