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Trouw - Netherlands | Monday, December 7, 2015

No rash decisions on Dutch Syria mission

At the request of the US the Dutch government is considering joining the international coalition in the fight against the IS in Syria. While the conservative liberal ruling party VVD backs the idea its social democratic junior partner in government rejects intervention. The Christian-social daily Trouw warns against premature decisions: "The US, Russia, Turkey, Iran, the EU and the Arab countries have no choice but to jointly seek a political solution for Syria. Any peace agreement will doubtless entail a compromise with unpleasant elements. And only once such an agreement is on the table does it make sense for the Netherlands to consider providing military support. … The lessons to be learned from the interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya are clear: military intervention without political prospects leads to a dead end."

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