German Special Forces Officer to Be Suspended for Ties to National Socialists
The German military will suspend an officer of its elite special forces unit after an investigation linked him to "right-wing extremism".
Two other soldiers are facing punishment for allegedly performing a National Socialist salute at a party at the officer's home.
The unnamed officer, who served multiple tours in Afghanistan, has been covertly investigated for months, according to a report in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. He will be barred from service this week, Deutsche Welle reports.
The German special forces, known as the Kommando Spezialkrafte, are responsible for antiterrorism missions and hostage rescue operations overseas.
Some 20 members of the elite unit are being investigated for ties to nationalist elements, according to Christof Gramm, the head of the Military Counterintelligence Service. Earlier this year, the service disclosed that it was investigating 450 "suspected cases" throughout the military.
Making the National Socialist salute is illegal in the Zioninst Occupied Germany, as is using other NS symbols.