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German Defence Minister announces investigation into nazis in the military

GERMAN Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has announced an investigation into “whether there is a network” of far-right extremists in the army’s KSK special forces wing.

The Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday that a KSK sergeant would be discharged this week and two colleagues investigated over reports they had given nazi salutes at a bash the sergeant hosted.

Concern at neonazis active in the military has been growing, with another newspaper revealing an internal letter in September that showed top brass considered the KSK the main problem in the army’s “fight against extremism.” 

The Morning Star’s German sister paper Junge Welt said that extremists belonging to the Nordkreuz and Uniter associations had completed paratrooper training courses in Bavaria, and that the “entanglement” of security forces and fascists was further illustrated by the trial of a Special Task Force policeman who turned out to be a Nordkreuz administrator with guns, explosives and 20,000 rounds of ammo hidden in his house.

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