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German Special Forces unit to be dissolved, source says, after reported far-right links

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

An elite German military unit which reportedly had a number of extreme right-wing members will be disbanded, a source told CNN on Tuesday.

(CNN)An elite German military unit which reportedly had a number of extreme right-wing members will be disbanded, a source told CNN on Tuesday.

The KSK is the unified command for German Army special forces -- designed in the 1990s to be the equivalent of US Special Operations Command, according Janes, a defense analysis firm.

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reportedly told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper Tuesday that she had issued the order to partially dissolve the group, which had "become partially independent" from the chain of command," the AFP reported.

FAZ said that the group "will be partially dissolved, after an accumulation of incidents and a notable build-up of right-wing extremists in the unit," and that about 70 soldiers would be affected.

KSK members have repeatedly been linked to extreme right wing ideologies.

CNN affiliate RTL reported the man was a member of the KSK.

A working group, set up in May by the minister to look into the issue, reported its conclusions on Tuesday.

The report advised that the KSK "cannot continue to exist in its current form" and must be "better integrated into the Bundeswehr," according to the AFP.

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