The police in the Netherlands arrested a Dutch fighter last week – known by the nom de guerre Andok – who fought with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) against Daesh in Syria’s Raqqa in 2017.
The Dutch state said in a statement on Tuesday that Andok, 24, had traveled to France in December 2016 and later went to Rojava.
He was identified in a broadcast for the Dutch television program EenVandaag on Sept. 22, 2017, the OM said.
In the interview he did not show his face or reveal his real name to protect himself.
In the broadcast, he told EenVandaag that he fought together with the Kurds against Daesh in Raqqa.
The Dutch authorities put him on a watch list to be arrested.
Last week, Andok caught the attention of the Dutch Royal Netherlands at Schiphol airport who checked his identity and arrested him.
According to the 24-year-old, he had returned to the Netherlands one month ago.
Andok had known before his return to the Netherlands that things would not be easy for him. “Most likely they will question me,” he told EenVandaag in Raqqa in 2017.
This is not the first time a person who has returned to the Netherlands after fighting against the Daesh has faced trial or been arrested.
Andok is the fourth Dutch citizen who now faces trial for joining the YPG’s fight against the Islamic State.
In 2016, the Dutch prosecution service squashed a case against the most well-known Dutch YPG volunteer, 47-year-old Jitse Akse, due to a lack of evidence.
In 2018, a Dutch Kurd named Devin, 28, was facing trial for fighting with the YPG during the battle for Tabqa in 2016.