A former Royal Netherlands Army soldier trains jihadists in Syria. The man, Dutch-Turkish dual national, named Yilmaz, wears his Dutch Army uniform while training foreign fighters from Europe and all over the world.
Roozbeh Kaboly, foreign editor of the Dutch National TV program Nieuwsuur (NewsHour) found Yilmaz on his social media page (Instagram) 8 months ago. It took Yilmaz a long time to trust Kaboly and accept to give an interview. In the beginning he even denied that he was from the Netherlands.
As it’s not safe for reporters in Syria due to extremist fighters targeting them, Nieuwsuur asked an intermediary to conduct the interview instead.