Ank Bijleveld

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BornAnna Theodora Bernardina Bijleveld
17 March 1962
Alma materUniversity of Twente
Dutch Defence Minister. Tried to cover-up 2015 Hawija bombing. Warned for attacks with bioweapons in 2018.

Employment.png Netherlands/Minister of Defence

In office
26 October 2017 - September 2021

Employment.png Netherlands/Member of the House of Representatives

In office
27 March 1989 - 1 March 2001
Also in 2010.


Dates unknown

Anna Theodora Bernardina (Ank) Bijleveld-Schouten is a Dutch politician. Unusually for a Dutch Minister of Defence, she is not known to have attended a Bilderberg.



Full article: Bioweapons

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Ank Bijleveld stated in 2018 that the world could face a large-scale bioweapon attack within “the next 10 to 15 years”, clarifying that “The threat is real, this is not a script for a film.”[1]

2015 Hawija bombing

Full article: Rated 5/5 2015 Hawija bombing

Speaking about the 2015 Hawija bombing, Ank Bijleveld denied Dutch officers had accepted civilian casualties with the remark "We always calculate them. The Americans do that differently".[2]. She stated to the Dutch House of Commons that they could not "differentiate between IS and civilians in multiple instances that were under investigation by the Public Prosecution Service" in a letter to Dutch Parliament the 4th of November 2019, and blamed "wrong US intelligence and software" telling Dutch officers "no civilians lived in the neighborhood[3][4]"

Dutch Army

In November 2020 newspaper NRC revealed the Dutch Army is clandestinely spying and gathering data on Dutch protestors supporting the official opposition narrative during the Covid-19 pandemic. Calling these domestic threats the most dangerous at the moment, Bijleveld could not answer why the Dutch Army is trying to replace the tasks of the AIVD and national police.[5]

In December 2020 Bijleveld announced an "internal commission" after halting the operation.[6]


Bijleveld resigned in the wake of motions of censure directed at her and foreign affairs minister Sigrid Kaag for their failings in the evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan during the Afghanistan/2021 withdrawal, after an initial refusal by Bijleveld to have done too much wrong to resign at first.[7]


Event Participated in

Munich Security Conference/201812 February 201814 February 2018Munich
The 54th Munich Security Conference
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