US Report: Dutch Remain Strong Ally in the Global Fight Against Terrorism
(Washington, D.C.) — The Netherlands continues to be a strong ally and global leader in the fight against terrorism, according to the US State Department.
According to a report by the State Department, called the "Country Reports on Terrorism 2011," the Netherlands continued to “respond effectively to the global terrorist threat in the areas of border and transportation security, terrorist financing, and bilateral counterterrorism cooperation.”
The report, which covers events and developments in the 2011 calendar year, highlighted several actions by Dutch law enforcement, including:
- In February, three Moroccan-Dutch nationals arrested in Amsterdam in November 2010 at the request of Belgian justice authorities on suspicion of engaging in international terrorism were extradited to Belgium.
- In April, at the request of U.S. authorities, the Dutch police arrested Dutch terrorist suspect Sabir Ali Khan at Schiphol airport. Khan was suspected of fighting against International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan. In October, the district court of Rotterdam declared Khan's extradition to the United States admissible, but Khan’s attorney filed an appeal with the Supreme Court, where a verdict was pending at year’s end.
- In August, the Netherlands extradited Somali citizen Mohamud Omar to the United States on terrorism charges.
- In October, the District Court of The Hague imposed prison sentences of up to six years on five Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam supporters involved in raising funds for the group. The court found the five guilty of participating in a criminal and banned organization, but acquitted the five on charges of participating in an organization that intends to commit terrorist crimes.
The report also says that the threat of violent extremist networks in the Netherlands remains small, and that the resistance to terrorism by the Dutch population continues to be high.
For the State Department’s briefing on the report, click here.