NATO sacks two women for Muslim marriage
Monday 27 August 2007
Two Dutch women who recently married young Muslims from Tunisia have lost their jobs at the NATO base at Gellenkirchen in Germany, close to the Dutch border.
The Defence Ministry confirmed to the Volkskrant on Monday that its AIVD security service has banned the women from the base.
Gellenkirchen is the home base for AWACS planes with their airborne warning and control systems, which are used in the international fight against terrorism.
One of the women is taking legal action to get her job back. The other is the secretary to acting commander Jelle Zijlstra who told Saturday's Telegraaf that the women had given years of loyal service.