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Dutch Motorcycle Gang May Not Be Committing a Crime By Fighting Against ISIS in Iraq

| by Lina Batarags

A Netherlands-based motorcycle club called “No Surrender” has reportedly joined the Kurds in battling ISIS.

According to AFP, Dutch public prosecutor spokesman Wim de Bruin stated on Tuesday that these motorcycle gang members are not necessarily committing any crime by joining in the fight alongside Kurds in northern Iraq.

“Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it’s no longer forbidden,” de Bruin told AFP.

“You just can’t join a fight against the Netherlands,” de Bruin said.

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A photo appeared on pro-Kurdish social media depicting two armed men; Yahoo News notes that the photo depicts “a tattooed Dutchman called Ron in military garb, holding a Kalashnikov assault rifle” and sitting with “a Kurdish comrade.”

Gawker reports that a rough Google translation of the photo’s caption states, “Ron from the Netherlands has joined the Kurds to fight [the Islamic State]. Resect!”

Klaas Otto, titular head of No Surrender, confirmed to a Dutch TV station that “three members who travelled to near Mosul in northern Iraq were from Dutch cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Breda.”

Gawker also reports that so far, English-language outlets have reported very little of No Surrender’s background. The motorcycle gang doesn’t appear to have any overt racist or fascist connections.

“No Surrender” also happens to be an anti-Islamic motto of the English Defense League.

Sources: Gawker, Yahoo News

Photo Source: Gawker