Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK)



AGF (Aufklärungs- und Gefechtsfahrzeug) Serval LIV SO Serval (Light Infantry Vehicle Special Operations) used by German Army Kommando Spezialkräfte KSK


File photo of members of the German army Bundeswehr anti-terrorism Kommando Spezial Kraefte (KSK) march during a training in Calw November 6, 2002. German media reported December 10, 2009, that  the KSK force may have been involved in the controversial air strike on two tankers in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz in September which Kabul says killed 30 civilians and 69 Taliban.  REUTERS/Michael Dalder   (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

ARCHIV - Angehörige der Bundeswehr-Elite-Einheit KSK (Kommando Spezialkräfte) üben im unterfränkischen Hammelburg für den Ernstfall (Archivbild vom 18 September 2008). Die Bundeswehr-Elite-Einheit KSK war nach einem Bericht der «Bild» (Ausgabe vom Donnerstag, 10.12.2009) maßgeblich an dem umstrittenen Luftangriff auf zwei Tanklastzüge nahe Kundus Anfang September beteiligt. Das berichtet das Blatt unter Berufung auf Bundeswehr-Kreise und -Berichte.Photo: Uli Deck +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

German Army Special Forces are called Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK). These units are patterned after the British SAS. One term must be served as Falschirmjägers or Fernspähtruppen. This unit was not formed until 1990.

One company of the KSK is a Hostage Rescue Team, formed because it was technically against the German Constitution to employ GSG-9 outside of the German borders without express prior consent of the government (though prior to the formation of this unit, it was done). The operators of this unit are developed as per Army — Special Operations — Delta, and must serve one prior term in the KSK. This unit was not formed until 1994.

The Kommando Spezialkriifte (KSK) , German Army Special Forces, initially deployed around 100 men in mid-December 2001 as part of TF K-Bar. Their experience was marred by a complaint commonly heard among Coalition SOF – a lack of operations. The KSK, although widely regarded as a tier-one unit, were assigned low-priority targets and reconnaissance missions; they were deployed on several SSE operations in early 2002, most often alongside the SEALs. Although nominally under OEF command, operationally the KSK has been working for ISAF since 2005, carrying out numerous operations in the vicinity of the German presence in Kabul, including a successful raid on an al Qaeda safe-house for suicide bombers in October 2006.

The Kommando Spezialkräft e (KSK), Germany’s Special Forces, is based in Calw. Falling under the DSK the KSK is basically structured into an HQ element, an operational element with five companies and a support element that includes signals, logistic support and medical support assets. The KSK can conduct operations over the full special forces mission spectrum including long range reconnaissance operations, counter terrorist operations, hostage rescue operations, sabotage operations deep behind enemy lines and direct action operations. The KSK fields many unique vehicles, of which the existence usually is kept confidential, however, one of the vehicles known to be employed by the German Special Forces is the Aufklärungsund Gefechtsfahrzeug (AGF) Serval reconnaissance and special operations vehicle.

Germany’s elite counterterrorist border police unit, Grenzschutzgruppe 9 (GSG 9), has also been deployed to the Kabul area, providing close protection to German officials and facilities.

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