Recently the Dutch Counter-Terrorism unit Interventie Mariniers (UIM) held a large-scale exercise to prepare for a Mumbai-style attack in Rotterdam.
Archived posts from category ‘The Netherlands’
Terrorist Offenses and the ICC
Professor of law Tim McCormack gave a lecture in The Hague Asscher Institute about the possibility of terrorist offenses being prosecuted at The Hague International Criminal Court.
The Colombian tall ship Arc Gloria is on its annual world cruise, aimed at training the on-board naval officers. The sailing ship has visited 180 ports in 70 different countries as a goodwill ambassador of Colombia over the last 42 years.
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up
Veterans charity the Royal British Legion has cut all ties with British tabloid newspaper News of the World after it emerged that staff employed by the newspaper may have hacked the voicemail accounts of relatives of servicemen killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The revelation is the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News International and its practices of hacking mobile phones of celebrities and victims of crime or disaster.
The forces charity said it was “shocked to the core” by the allegations and that it would be reconsidering its links with other News International publications such as The Sun and The Times.
A defiant Ratko Mladic was removed from the courtroom during his trial at the Yugoslavia Tribunal in The Hague on Monday. All of the charges were then read out in Mladic’s absence. The judge entered a plea of not guilty on Mladic’s behalf when the defendant refused to give a plea to the charges.
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up
America in Europe
The United States is to push on with cuts to its forces stationed in continental Europe. Plans call for a gradual reduction of American forces in Europe from 42,000 to 37,000. This cut is smaller than what previous defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld had called for, but more than what service chiefs want.
Ratko Mladic has told the War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia he intends to go on a hunger strike.
Update: Mladic arrives! Video by Andrew Balcombe.
Media have been waiting outside the gate at Scheveningen prison in The Netherlands, in the hope of filming the arrival of accused Serbian war criminal, Ratko Mladic.
Sand Sculptures for Veterans Day
A tribute to Dutch veterans is being made out of sand in The Hague at the Plaats. One side shows soldiers in action with tanks and planes, the other side portrays their return to The Netherlands.
A Dutch journalist embeds with U.S. Special Forces, gets into a firefight, runs down the battery on his camera then picks up a rifle and starts shooting. Now he’s finishing a documentary about his experiences.