World Minister of Defense partially dissolves special forces command

19:15  30 june  2020
19:15  30 june  2020 Source:   dw.com

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Minister of Defense Kramp-Karrenbauer intervenes on KSK matters. The CDU politician wants to partially dissolve the Bundeswehr elite force after right-wing extremist incidents. Temporary end of a scandal story.

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The second company, in which the incidents took place, will be dissolved without replacement, Federal Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". The Special Forces Command had "become independent in part, also because there was a toxic leadership culture for individuals - it follows that the KSK cannot remain in its current state," the CDU politician told the newspaper.

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Verteidigungsministerin Kramp-Karrenbauer © picture-alliance / AP Photo / M. Dunham Secretary of Defense Kramp-Karrenbauer

Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to present her new concept of how the troops should now be set up at a press conference this Wednesday. According to information from the newspapers "Welt" and the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung", the restructuring affects 70 soldiers. The elite unit should also be deprived of sovereignty over training.

More and more right-wing extremists

The KSK has made headlines with right-wing extremist incidents for years. It all started in April 2017 with a farewell party for a KSK commander, at which pig-heads were thrown, right-wing rocket played and the Hitler salute was shown. The Saxon police later found a weapon stash with ammunition and explosives at one of the party guests.

In January, the Military Shield Service (MAD) announced that 20 soldiers were suspected of being right-wing extremists. In relation to the number of troops, this proportion was five times higher than that of the Bundeswehr as a whole. In May of this year, Kramp-Karrenbauer set up a working group to develop a concept to prevent right-wing extremist tendencies in the KSK, which she has now decided on.

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