3 Dutch soldiers captured in Libya

2011-03-03 07:55

The Hague - Three Dutch soldiers were taken prisoner at the weekend by armed men during an operation to evacuate civilians from Libya, the Dutch defence ministry said on Thursday.

"We confirm it," a navy official told AFP when asked about the capture of three marines reported by Dutch daily De Telegraaf.

The paper said the three marines were helping with the evacuation from Sirte of two civilians, one Dutch and another European, in a helicopter that crashed.

The marines were attacked by armed men loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who captured them. The two civilians were handed over by the Libyans to the Dutch embassy and have since left Libya, according to De Telegraaf.

  • modefan - 2011-03-03 08:21

    Now hows he gonna explain that? Stopping a country from saving their own citizens.... - 2011-03-03 09:37

      God help those marines! To be in the clutches of that madman gadaffi and his henchmen.... Yes, explain how a country trying to save its own citizens cannot safely do just that? More than likely paranoia and fear of the West by gadaffi and his henchmen.

      x25net - 2011-03-03 12:46

      Pretty easily, the dutch military does not have the right to operate inside of another country just because they feel like it, it could be construed as an act of war.

      modefan - 2011-03-03 13:48

      They're only trying to save their citizens, something any country who has the means and cares about their citizens should do, in fact, it could and should be construed as a sign of war to the dutch, 'give us our citizens or we'll fck you up'

  • Panzer - 2011-03-03 08:35

    zulufox...are you retarded????

      zulufox - 2011-03-03 11:33

      Yes, as are you...

  • lakhan7 - 2011-03-03 08:39

    ...this is proof that Gaddafi( good group) is a fair leader. He didnt send orders to kill them, instead the Dutch soldiers are Captured. ( Normal Country Security Protocol ) unlike the aL-Q groups ( bad group )... - 2011-03-03 09:39


  • Nice Guy - 2011-03-03 09:09

    This will be an excuse for war by the war mongering dutchies. Armageddon is here. Nuclear "bums" will fall on europe. Do not travel on the subways in case the nuclear bums are released. Could be foul - 2011-03-03 09:40

      and again ?

  • Dan - 2011-03-03 09:37

    Poor American soldiers. Someone is really pissed off at America and organize wars to get the poor old American involved. America just can't help themselves. I think we are going to see lots of blood flowing soon.

      Coenraad - 2011-03-03 09:58

      Have everybody commenting here lost their minds? Dutch soldiers come from the Netherlands not America. Big difference.

  • tlhox - 2011-03-03 10:19

    How nice. They delivered the dutch citizens to the embassy, and captured three soldiers illegally in the country.

  • danieka.roesch - 2011-03-03 10:30

    I was shocked that Gaddafi could be so insane and utterly stupid, but after reading the comments it seems that he is not the only one.

  • aa gone - 2011-03-03 11:21

    what would the reaction be if libyan troops were found to be in netherlands, armed and without permission.always troops from the west think they can act with impunity in other countries.

  • Panzer - 2011-03-03 11:48

    aa gone. Did you read the article????...hang you understand what you read?

      x25net - 2011-03-03 12:48

      It appears you're the only one who doesn't understand what he read. It doesn't matter what you're doing, you are committing an act of war by operating your military in another country without permission.

      modefan - 2011-03-03 13:56

      Actually not, wikipeadia extract 'In theory international law today allows only three situations as legal cause to go to war: out of self-defense, defense of an ally under a mutual defense pact, or sanctioned by the UN.' It was clearly a rescue operation...

  • Martin - 2011-03-04 12:42

    I just hope that these guys return saffely to their country. I'f not i hope that the netherlands takes inmediate action and bombs everything. And if anyone thinks the dutch were wrong then also think the british shouldnt have gone in. For ghadaffi this is a power game a loser with something to show. Purely political! Probably the Lynx is already repainted and killing inocent libiyans. That's how pathetic ghadaffi en his troops are.

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