German Bundeswehr land operation exercise
German Bundeswehr land operation exercise
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German Bundeswehr land operation exercise

German commando said suspended for suspected far-right radicalization

Elite soldier removed from duty after giving Hitler salute at private party as cases of right-wing extremism spread across EU country's armed forces

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Updated: 12.02.19 , 13:10
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer pledged to take on radicalism in the country's armed forces, known as Bundeswehr, after reports emerged Sunday that a member of elite unit was to be suspended over suspected far-right radicalization.
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  • According to Bild am Sonntag, the army was secretly investigating an officer with the elite KSK force and two other soldiers.
    German Bundeswehr land operation exercise German Bundeswehr land operation exercise
    German Bundeswehr land operation exercise
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    The latter two had allegedly made the banned Hitler salute during a private party hosted by the suspect who is to be suspended next week, according to the newspaper.
    The elite KSK is charged with sensitive and risky missions including hostage rescue operations or anti-terror action abroad, but its image has long been tarred by suspicions of far-right inclinations in the force.
    The head of the military's counter-intelligence service Christof Gramm had said that there are around 20 suspicious cases at the KSK, while the total for the whole army stands at 500.
    German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-KarrenbauerGerman Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
    German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
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    German armed forces have repeatedly come under fire over the years over embarrassing associations with Germany's militaristic past.
    Last week, the Defense Ministry in Berlin apologized for an Instagram post about fashion by the military's social media team that featured a Nazi-era uniform, complete with swastika-embossed medals, with the comment "retro."
    In 2017, then-defense minister Ursula von der Leyen ordered the military to cleanse itself of all links to the Wehrmacht over an uncovered right-wing plot by three soldiers.
    In the meantime, recent police data revealed that the German far-right are stocking up on firearms, which prompted public concerns in the wake of the shooting on a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle in October.

    First published: 13:10 , 12.02.19
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