BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The aid provided to the Syrian opposition groups by the Dutch government were mostly used by militant groups, a joint investigation by the Dutch Television and Radio Broadcasting Corporation (NOS) and the newspaper Trouw revealed, as reported by Russia’s Sputnik News Agency.
According to the findings from the investigation, “almost all of the equipment” that was supplied by the Netherlands was used by Jabhat Al-Shamiyah (Levantine Front) and Jaysh Al-Nasr (Victory Army) in their fight against the Syrian government.
“In addition, two other groups appeared in the documents, which have not previously been mentioned by NOS and Trouw,” the inquiry said, referring to the so-called “Second Central Division” and the Jeish al-Nasr-affiliated Hama Rebel Gathering.
The probe claimed that the equipment included vehicles that the opposition groups used for the attacks and laptops to locate combat targets.
The investigation noted that these data runs counter to Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok’s statements that Amsterdam’s assistance to the Syrian opposition groups was of a “non-military nature”.
In the House of Representatives of the Netherlands Parliament has already demanded explanations from the government in connection with the probe.
In mid-September, the government reported the complete cessation of assistance to opposition groups and other organizations in Syria, saying that “the opportunity to quickly change the situation [in Syria] is extremely small due to the inefficiency of the program.”
Stef Blok and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag also said in a letter that the program “did not bring the expected results,” while the troops of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, in their opinion, “will soon win.”
The Netherlands has reportedly allocated more than 80 million dollars to the Syrian opposition groups, including the Free Syrian Police and the White Helmets.