Germany will dissolve a special army corps infiltrated by the far right


A special unit of the German army will be partly dismantled and partly reorganized after an investigation has shown that far-right militants have infiltrated it, the Ministry of Defense announced. The unit is called Kommando Spezialkräfte, commonly abbreviated as KSK, and according to the government it was compromised to such an extent that it could no longer be reformed: “It was necessary to act quickly and radically,” said Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

The Kommando Spezialkräfte was founded in 1996, probably as a consequence of Germany’s difficulties in protecting German citizens during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, who were then expatriated by Belgian paramilitary forces. It is a rather secret army corps, although it is estimated that some hundreds of soldiers who have conducted operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq over the years.

For years there have been investigations into the KSK for strong suspicions that a leadership with neo-Nazi sympathies that plotted against the state had been established within it. In particular, the existence of a network of soldiers and civilians emerged, coordinated by a KSK officer, who planned to hide stocks of weapons to be used in the event of an alleged possible suspension of the established order caused by mass immigration. According to Wall Street Journal traces of a significant amount of KSK weapons had been lost, and it had not been clarified whether they had been lost or stolen. There Deutsche Welle writes that in the lost game there were 48 thousand ammunition and 62 kilos of explosives.

Last October always on Wall Street Journal he found that some KSK members had organized a kind of training for far-right civilians, tactical and with weapons. According to Kramp-Karrenbauer, the KSK had become a separate thing from the rest of the German army, developing a toxic culture that had been tolerated by the leadership of the special corps.

One body of the four that make up the KSK will be completely dismantled, while the other three will be radically reorganized. Kramp-Karrenbauer said that there was also talk of completely dissolving the special force, but that the hypothesis was ruled out. According to the German newspaper Die Weltin total, about 70 soldiers will be directly affected by the transformation of the KSK. In 2017, the leader of the body that will be dismantled celebrated his birthday with a party where there were Nazi chants and greetings (in addition to a competition in which a pig’s head was thrown).

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