Large quantities of ammunition and explosives have been lost at the KSK. Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer suspects that these may have been “branched off”.
Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has shown concern about the large gaps in the ammunition and explosives stocks of the Special Forces Command (KSK). It cannot be ruled out that the missing 85,000 rounds of ammunition and 62 kilograms of explosives have been “branched off”, the CDU politician told journalists on Wednesday. Bundeswehr Inspector General Eberhard Zorn emphasized: “This is really a potential hazard that builds up behind it.”
“It is not a trifle”
In the course of the KSK investigation after a series of right-wing extremist incidents, it was found that the whereabouts of the large quantities of ammunition and explosives had not been clarified. “It’s no small thing,” said Anger. These are quantities that could also be used in attacks.
Kramp-Karrenbauer said that it was also possible that there was a mistake in the accounting or that the ammunition had remained in use. “It can also be that there has really been a branch,” she emphasized.
Reform as “probation opportunity” for KSK
In May, the Saxon police had excavated an arsenal on the property of a KSK soldier classified as right-wing extremist. Anger indicated that a fuse was also found there. Kramp-Karrenbauer emphasized that “this is indeed a new quality”.
The minister had decided on Tuesday to restructure the command of special forces and in some cases even to dissolve it. On Wednesday, she presented her plans to the Bundestag Defense Committee and the public. The reform should not be understood as a punishment, but as a “probation opportunity”, emphasized the CDU chairwoman. “We want to encourage the brave.”
Dissolution of the KSK possible
She affirmed that no complete abolition of the special forces is planned. She recalled that the KSK was founded 24 years ago to save German citizens from war zones, which was not possible before. However, a dissolution of the KSK and the formation of a new special force will be considered if the reform efforts fail until October 31.
The CDU defense expert Henning Otte sees no reason to place the Special Forces Command (KSK) under general suspicion of right-wing extremist tendencies. The majority of the KSK soldiers are firmly on the ground of the constitution, he said on Deutschlandfunk.
Green defense expert Agnieszka Brugger welcomed the reform steps. “These measures can help prevent small, closed groups from forming,” Brugger told NDR Info on Wednesday. But she also criticized that the Ministry of Defense had reacted too late to the KSK incidents.