World Germany: the army excludes right-wing extremists from its ranks

01:05  01 july  2020
01:05  01 july  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Read more: Germany to sack extremist soldiers — and faster. The KSK has been part of the Its members have served in Afghanistan and the Balkans, but its operations are kept secret. MAD noted that 20 of the suspected right - wing extremism cases currently being processed were within the KSK

Germany has launched an investigation into 275 cases of suspected right - wing extremist activity among its service personnel. Germany ’s Counter-Intelligence Service (MAD) is looking into 53 extremism cases among Bundeswehr soldiers from 2017, 143 cases from 2016 and 79 cases from

L’emblème des KSK (Kommando Spezialkräfte), l’unité des forces spéciales. © AFP / dpa / Patrick Seeger The emblem of the KSK (Kommando Spezialkräfte), the unit of the special forces.

The German army continues to clean up its ranks by announcing the partial dissolution of the KSK (Kommando Spezialkräfte, unit of the special forces), following several scandals on the proximity of the soldiers with the extreme right.

Special forces are accused of being too emancipated from the rest of the army, promoting the establishment of "toxic leaders" and the dissemination of "extremist ideas", the report continued.

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For the time being, the second company of the KSK, considered to be the place where the far-right slippages were the most important, will be dissolved without being replaced. The unit will therefore only keep three companies.

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Social media was also used to draw right - wing extremists from across Germany to Chemnitz to take part in anti-immigrant protests. The right - wing violence in Chemnitz unleashed a debate over whether or not foreigners and foreign-looking individuals had been specifically targeted and pursued.

Inspired by the British SAS

Pire: until an in-depth renewal has taken place, special forces are prohibited from participating in international exercises and missions.

Created in 1996 and modeled on the British Special Air Service (SAS), the secret operations unit is made up of approximately 1,400 command and support soldiers.

Its tasks consist in particular in repatriating the Germans from war and crisis zones, collecting information or even training the Allied forces.

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Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, in an interview with the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung , described the latest discoveries as "disturbing" and "alarming": 48,000 munitions and 62 kilos explosives have disappeared from KSK. "The wall of silence is breaking," she said.

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The German army claims it has managed to find at least 20 "far- right extremists " within its own ranks every year and since 2008 has found around 200 MAD president Christopf Gramm said that over the last few years, the agency had seen no real rise in the number of far- right extremists within the

The German military has identified 89 far-right extremists and 24 Islamists within its own ranks since 2011, newspapers belonging to the Funke media group reported The number of suspected cases of right - wing extremism have halved to an average of 300 per year, according to Defense Ministry data.

Still haunted by the memory of Nazism, Germany has set itself since the end of the Second World War the objective of having an impeccable army. And recent scandals are experienced as trauma.

Hitler salutes

The minister reacted after a series of slippages in recent years in the German army, where the ideas of the far right could flourish.

The KSK first attracted suspicion in April 2017, during a farewell party from one of its commanders. Pig heads were apparently thrown and Hitler salutes were carried out.

During the internal investigation, weapons were then discovered in the private property of a KSK soldier in Saxony, who had previously attracted attention because of his radical positions.

Relics found in the suburbs of Strasbourg

In 2017, two German soldiers, including a 28-year-old officer, Franco Albrecht, were arrested on suspicion of having planned an attack on German figures who were too favorable in their eyes to the immigration.

Several relics of the Wehrmacht, the army of the Nazi regime between 1935 and 1945, were discovered at the time in a common room of this barracks of the Franco-German Brigade located in Illkirch-Graffenstaden, in the suburbs of Strasbourg ( Bas-Rhin).

This matter had been taken very seriously. The then Minister of Defense, Ursula von der Leyen, who became President of the European Commission, visited the site on May 3, 2017.

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