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SEPTEMBER 2020

Germany To Partially Disband Its KSK Anti-Terrorism Squad Over Far-Right Extremism Allegations

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Germany To Partially Disband Its KSK Anti-Terrorism Squad Over Far-Right Extremism Allegations

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German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer plans on restructuring the country’s Bundeswehr’s Special Forces Command (KSK), due to allegations that far-right extremism was brewing within its ranks, German media reported.

According to newspaper Die Welt, Kramp-Karrenbauer will announce structural reforms of the KSK unit, which will include the dissolution of one of its four combat companies. Approximately 70 soldiers would be affected by the changes.

The KSK has been part of Germany’s army since 1996, and it focuses on anti-terrorism operations and hostage rescues from hostile areas.

The KSK has “become partially independent” from the chain of command and developed a “toxic leadership culture,” Kramp-Karrenbauer told the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

The minister set up a working group in May to examine the problem, and the group presented a report on its findings on June 30th.

The KSK “cannot continue to exist in its current form” and must be “better integrated into the Bundeswehr [German army]”, said the report, seen by the AFP news agency.

One of the force’s four companies, where extremism is said to be the most rife, will be dissolved and not replaced, the minister said.

“Anyone who turns out to be a right-wing extremist has no place in the Bundeswehr and must leave it,” she said.

KSK operations will be moved to other units as far as possible, and the force will not take part in international exercises and missions until further notice.

A report by Germany’s Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) in January revealed that 500 soldiers in the German military were being investigated for right-wing extremism.

MAD noted that 20 of the suspected right-wing extremism cases currently being processed were within the KSK, which, in relation to the number of personnel, was five times as many as in the rest of the Bundeswehr.

According to Kramp-Karrenbauer the latest findings related to the KSK include the disappearance of 48,000 rounds of ammunition and 62 kilograms of explosives. She described this as “disturbing” and “alarming.”

The KSK troops face the real results of the failed German “multi-kulti” experiment and it is no surprise that some of them are adopting more right-wing ideology, even to an extreme.

Another question stands, is there any realistic expectation that any neo-liberal activists would join squads that would combat terrorists?

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