ISIS' New Foe: Dutch Biker Gang?

Netherlands says it's OK for bikers to join fight
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2014 5:29 AM CDT
ISIS' New Foe: Dutch Biker Gang?
"Which way's Kobani?"   (Shutterstock)

The notorious Dutch biker gang No Surrender appears to be the newest member of the coalition fighting ISIS. At least three members of the gang are believed to be fighting with Kurds in northern Iraq, and authorities in the Netherlands say they haven't got a problem with that. "Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable; now it's no longer forbidden," a public prosecutor spokesman tells AFP. "You just can't join a fight against the Netherlands."

The spokesman says Dutch citizens fighting abroad could be prosecuted if they committed crimes like torture, "but this is also happening a long way away, so it'll be difficult to prove," reports the Daily Mail, which notes that there are around 70,000 Kurds living in the Netherlands. In the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, meanwhile, fighting continues, but at least 21 coalition airstrikes this week appear to have slowed down the ISIS advance, reports Reuters. President Obama plans to discuss the fight with British, French, German, and Italian leaders during a videoconference today, the White House says. (Read more motorcycle gang stories.)

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