Gruppo di Intervento Speciale

Gruppo Di Intervento Speciale

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Gruppo di Intervento Speciale

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Gruppo di Intervento Speciale (GIS, in English "Special Intervention Group") is an elite Special Operations counter-terrorism tactical response unit inside the Italian Carabinieri military police, first formed in 1978. In 2004 the GIS evolved into a special forces unit.<br>The unit has taken part in counter-terrorism operations and VIP, executive and dignitary protection security details in Afghanistan and Iraq.


In the fall 1977 the Carabinieri's HQ decided to establish a CT Unit to counter the growing terrorist phenomena. Few months later, the GIS "Gruppo Intervento Speciale" was born. GIS is the Carabinieri CT Unit and it responds directly to the Carabinieri' HQ and to the Ministry of Interior. The focus of GIS has always been on very high risk CT operations, such as the storming of hijacked aircraft.<br>In 1998 a group of GIS operators was deployed in Albania with the mission "ALBA" after the riot, like immediate reaction force and CT function.

Organization and recruitment

The 100-man GIS has 3 operational sections and 1 sniper/reconnaissance team. Every section is divided into detachment of four men. In every moment there's a section ready to leave the base in 30 min. Sniper team is usually formed by two snipers, equipped with Mauser 86SR, and by a scout, usually with a semi-automatic H&K PSG/1. During action men alternate in the scout role.<br>Every GIS soldier is a volunteer from the 1st Carabinieri......
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