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Dutch citizens are fighting in Syria

2013-02-08 21:15

The Hague - The chief of the Netherlands' top intelligence agency is warning that dozens of Dutch citizens are fighting with rebels in Syria and could return home battle-hardened, traumatised and even further radicalised.

General Intelligence and Security Service Chief Rob Bertholee says the number of Dutch nationals heading to Syria is growing fast and he is concerned about their return home after fighting with radical Islamic rebels in the bloody civil war.

Bertholee told Dutch current affairs show Nieuwsuur late on Thursday that hundreds of people from around Europe and dozens from the Netherlands have travelled to Syria to join rebels fighting what they see as a holy war, or jihad, to oust President Bashar Assad.

Bertholee says propaganda romanticising the civil war is helping draw foreigners into Syria's maelstrom of violence.

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-09 07:15

    . Ohhhh, these must be the "foreign terrorist" this Patrick, has been telling us about; A country of 23 MILLION, fighting their dictator, with the help of; 37 from Holland, 7 from Belgium, 11 from the UK, 1 American, 17 from Qatar and 3 from Spain!!! Patrick is a bit confused, with the armed FOREIGN thugs in Syria, but they are fighting on the side of assad's terrorists army; Thousands from Iran, and thousands of so called 'experts' and 'advisers' from Russia, and not to forget the thousands of Russian commandos!! Fidel calls it; 'looking after one's own interest" !!!!!!!!!!!!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-09 08:37

      With such powerful deductive skills, it's a mystery why none of the foreign intelligence agencies don't have you in their employ!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-02-09 09:54

      . Both Syria and Russia's intelligences asked me, but they wanted me to inflate these figures to 37 000, 7 000, etc, so i declined !!!

      eish.eish.5 - 2013-02-09 14:17

      Any South Africans there? Just asking....

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