“The second KSK commando company will be dissolved,” the source said, asking not to be named until the announcement on Wednesday.
The KSK is the unified command of the special forces of the German army – designed in the 1990s to be the equivalent of the US Special Operations Command, according to Janes, a defense analysis company.
The unit has about 1,400 soldiers who embark on operations such as anti-terrorist campaigns and hostage situations, according to the AFP news agency.
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reportedly told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Tuesday that she had given orders to partially dissolve the group, which had “become partially independent” from the chain of command, “said l ‘AFP.
The Minister also described the unit as having a “culture of toxic leadership”.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) newspaper also released details of the plan on Tuesday.
FAZ said the group “will be partially disbanded, after an accumulation of incidents and a notable accumulation of right-wing extremists in the unit”, and that approximately 70 soldiers will be affected.
Members of the KSK have been repeatedly linked to far-right ideologies. In May, a supply of weapons, ammunition and explosives was seized from the home of an elite German soldier. CNN affiliate RTL said the man was a member of the KSK.
The German military counterintelligence service has long been investigating members of the special forces, and the house was searched after a warning from the intelligence agency, Kramp-Karrenbauer said at the time.
A task force, created in May by the minister to study the issue, released its findings on Tuesday.
The report says that the KSK “cannot continue to exist in its current form” and must be “better integrated into the Bundeswehr”, according to AFP.