Sunday, April 30, 2006

Jihadists in the Dutch Army

The Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD, Dutch) and General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) are investigating an unknown number of radical Muslims in the Dutch armed forces. There is a growing number of reports concerning military and defence civil staff that support and proselitize for pure Islam, according to its recently released 2005 annual report.

The MIVD started an investigation to keep track of this fifth column.

The danger of radicalized Islam taking root in the Dutch armed forces has increased due to the controversial increase in recruitment of urban Dutch Muslims, in the ages between 17 and 25. It is particularly this age group that is vunerable to radical Islam.

The Military Intelligence and Security Service is taking into account that experiences of Dutch Muslim soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan will quicken radicalisation.

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