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Gruppo di Intervento Speciale
Italian GIS 01.jpg
Gruppo di Intervento Speciale Official Insignia
Active 1978 - Present
Country Italy
Branch Carabinieri
Type Special Forces
Nickname GIS, Teste di cuoio ("Leatherheads")

Gruppo di Intervento Speciale (GIS, in English "Special Intervention Group") is a counterterrorism asset inside the Italian Carabinieri military police, first formed in 1978. In 2004 the GIS evolved into a special forces unit.

The unit has taken part in counterterrorism operations and VIP protection details in Afghanistan and Iraq.


The wide array of missions and duties tasked to the GIS, its military status and its growing participation in international peacekeeping/peace enforcing operations, allow the unit a high degree of autonomy in selection and procurement of weapons and equipments, unmatched by most law enforcement Special units. Some of the weapons recently tested by the GIS for adoption include the Beretta Cx4 Storm and Rx4 Storm semi-automatic carbines (both dismissed), the FN Mk-16 SCAR-L and possibly the IWI Tavor, although this remains unconfirmed.



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