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Former Royal Dutch Army Soldier Faces Murder Charges After Killing ISIS Terrorists in Syria


Former Royal Dutch army soldier Jitse Akse traveled to Syria last year to join Kurdish rebels in their fight against ISIS. He says he decided to leave for Syria after ISIS terrorists laid siege on the Syrian-Turkish border town of Kobani, leaving Kurdish fighters scrambling to keep control of the town.

Akse had served with an elite force in the Dutch army, specialized in rapid air deployment, which he joined when he was 17 in 1986. In an interview with Dutch newspaper Leeuwarder Courant, Akse said that he killed ISIS fighters as a sniper in Syria. Asked how many ISIS troops he killed, he said “I’d rather don’t say that,” but when asked if it was more than two he said “yes.”

Akse’s reluctance to specify how many ISIS fighters he killed was because he was well aware of the potential risks he faces now that he’s back in The Netherlands. His fears were well-founded, as he was soon arrested at gunpoint by Dutch police, who put a bag over his head and took him away on Jan. 13.

He now faces murder charges for the ISIS terrorists he killed in Syria. Prosecutors are using the very public statements Akse wrote on his Facebook account about why he joined the fight against ISIS, as well as statements made by Akse in Dutch media acknowledging that he had killed.

Under Dutch law, use of force is only justified in rare cases of self-defense.

Under Dutch law, use of force is only justified in rare cases of self-defense. Even though The Netherlands is providing military support for a U.S. led coalition against ISIS, when it comes to its civilians, it’s a different matter.

“A Dutch citizen is not allowed to go join a war on his own initiative, and commit crimes there,” public prosecutor Jirko Patist told regional TV channel Omroep Gelderland.

Akse was released after handing over his passport pending a police investigation. He is currently hiding in an


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