Turkish-backed rebels hold a position at the town of Azaz. Courtesy of Depot Photos.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Dutch government provided aid to several Syrian rebel groups over the past few years, a new report from the Nieuwsuur revealed on Monday.

According to the report, the Dutch government has been providing aid to several Syrian rebel groups, including jihadist factions that are labeled as ‘terrorist’ organizations, since 2015.

Among the 22 groups receiving aid from the Dutch government was the hardline rebel group “Jabhat Al-Shamiya,” who is labeled as a terrorist organization by its own justice department.

The Netherlands sent the logistical equipment to Jabhat al-Shamiya in the context of the state’s secret ‘NLA’ program, which stands for ‘non lethal assistance’. Through this program, the Netherlands supplied ‘non-lethal goods’ to 22 combat groups in Syria from 2015 to the beginning of this year. One of those groups, according to the research by Nieuwsuur and Trouw, is Jabhat al-Shamiya (‘Levant Front’),” the report read. 

This report by Nieuwsuur comes just a week after the Dutch Foreign Minister announced that they would be ceasing their support for the Syrian opposition.

The Dutch government has yet to comment on this latest report.

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