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World Germany decides to dissolve one of its elite military forces

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

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Germany 's defence minister says she has ordered the partial dissolution of the elite KSK The KSK "cannot continue to exist in its current form" and must be "better integrated into the Bundeswehr One of the force 's four companies, where extremism is said to be the most rife, will be dissolved and not

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany 's defence minister plans to disband a company of its elite KSK special forces in a effort to purge them of a persistent problem of far-right extremism, a ministry document obtained by Reuters on Tuesday showed. Established in 1996, the KSK's reputation was tarnished in

Les commandos du KSK, ici en mai 2017, sont pointé du doigt en Allemagne pour leur proximité avec les milieux d'extrême droite. © Carsten Rehder / dpa / AFP KSK commandos, here in May 2017, are singled out in Germany for their proximity to the world of far right.

The KSK, an elite force created in Germany in the 1990s for delicate operations such as the rescue of hostages held abroad, became increasingly embarrassing for Berlin. Revelations on the extreme right sympathies of certain members and disappearances of armaments have been in the news for weeks.

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After the disappearance of 48,000 munitions, 62 explosives and the spread of far-right ideas among an elite troop living in autarky, the KSK special forces will have to make a new start. One of the companies where the extremist slippages have been the greatest will simply be dissolved without being replaced. An in-depth renewal must be implemented in the coming months. Until then, KSK forces will not participate in any mission and intervention.

These slippages, now publicized, worry while Germany is facing an upsurge in far-right terrorism. In this context, it is even less acceptable than in the past to accept such behavior.

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In January, German counterintelligence had estimated that the number of right-wing extremists in this elite unit was five times higher than in the entire German army. The selection and training of these forces must be improved. The Minister of Defense has warned that if her warning shot is not to be heard, she will not remain inactive.

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