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German elite special forces unit (KSK) to be "partially disbanded" after discovery of "right-wing extremism" in its ranks

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Hitler salutes, pig head tossing tarnish Germany’s elite KSK force


Germany’s defence minister said Tuesday she had ordered the partial dissolution of the elite KSK commando force, which has come under growing criticism over right-wing extremism in its ranks.


The KSK had “become partially independent” from the chain of command, with a “toxic leadership culture”, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.


Created in 1996, the elite commando force consists of some 1,400 soldiers charged with sensitive and risky missions such as hostage rescue operations or anti-terror action abroad.


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