The government of the Netherlands is facing widespread criticism from
lawmakers and citizens after it was revealed it had supported a Syrian
rebel group, which Dutch prosecutors had labeled a ‘terrorist’
The revelation came in a news report on Nieuwsuur a current affairs
program on public broadcasters NOS and NTR Monday. According to the
report, the Netherlands gave “non-lethal assistance” (NLA) to 22 armed
rebel groups. One of the groups has been identified as Jabhat
al-Shamiya, which had been supplied with pick-up trucks, uniforms and
other equipment last year.
During the time the
assistance was given, however, Dutch officials in the port city of
Rotterdam were prosecuting a suspected militant for belonging to Jabhat
al-Shamiya, which has been labeled in Dutch court papers as "Salafist
and jihadist movement striving for a caliphate".
broadcasting of the report, Parliamentarians demand answers describing
the group as nothing more than a "criminal organization with a terrorist
aim." Jabhat al-Shamiya, also known as the Levant Front, is an umbrella
group for rebel fighters based in northern Syria...
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