Special Intervention Group

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Special Intervention Group
Official logo of GIS.jpg
Official GIS insigna
Active 1987–2016
Country  Algeria
Branch Département du Renseignement et de la Sécurité
Type Special Operations
Role Counter-terrorism and Hostage Rescue
Size ~400 operators
Garrison/HQ Algiers, Algeria
Nickname(s) Ninjas
Colors Black
Mascot(s) Black Panther

The Special Intervention Group (French: Groupe d'Intervention Spécial, GIS) is a special forces group created in Algeria[1][2] in 1987,[3] initially with 400 members.


Since 1992, GIS forces have operated within the context of violent confrontation between the Algerian government and Islamic militants; major human rights violations against civilians have been alleged against both sides. A resulting arms embargo against Algeria initially prevented the GIS from obtaining equipment such as night-vision goggles typical for such units. However, after the September 11, 2001 attacks, western matériel vendors were allowed to sell equipment to Algeria in the name of the international War on Terrorism.

Responsibility and training[edit]

A sub-unit of the Départment du Renseignement et de la Sécurité (DRS), it is responsible for counter-terrorism.[1] It is based in Algiers and has a base at Blida, 50 km (31 miles) from Algiers.[1] The Grouping of special intervention (GIS) made trainings very elaborate with several training courses in various domains (assault, sniping, aircraft, squadbomb) to the Officers' training school of the special troops ( EATS) in Algeria, without forgetting the training in the highly rated of the groups Alpha of Russia. The men of the GIS are introduced to the Ju-Jitsu art of Japanese fight and to the Kuk Sool Won art of Korean fight, but in a purely military aspect. With that outfit of trainings and are experiment on the ground the GIS became one of the units the most experimented by the world and recognized by the various tactical groups in the field of counter-terrorisms by the point where the G.I.S was recommended by the USSOCOM to form several African and European groups.


Assault rifle
Machine guns
Sniper rifle


  1. ^ a b c Special Forces (Government) (Algeria). Jane’s Amphibious and Special Forces. 2 July 2012. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
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  4. ^ a b c d e Vivenot, Emmanuel (March 2013). "Prise d'otages massive au Sahara". RAIDS (in French). No. 322. Histoire & Collections. p. 59. ISSN 0769-4814.