One very special unit in KFOR is formed by specialists in antirerrorism.
They are all members of the Grupo de Accion Rapida, GAR (Rapid
Reaction Group) in Spain's Guardia Civil.
Back home in
Spain, the GAR unit based in Kosovo has another mission; to combat
the ETA terrorist group. It participated in the neutralisation
of various "commandos" of this group. Recently, members
of this unit participated in the liberation of the prison staff
member Ortega Lara, who had been kidnapped by ETA for more than
the Spanish Military Police, has a strong military character.
The members of Guardia Civil's GAR undergo a special training
program over five months. Between 25 % and 30 % of those who take
part in this course complete it.
They learn techniques
on guerrilla and counter-guerrilla warfare, on assaults aimed
at both arrests of dangerous individuals and the freeing of hostages
and about mountain warfare, firearms and explosives expertise,
VIP protection, attack and evasive driving, scuba diving and martial
enables them, as anti-terrorist specialists, to adapt to any terrain
and mission, both in uniform and in covert operations.
Each team is
equipped with specific armament for its particular mission, those
dealing with reconnaissance have H&K 33-KE assault rifles,
intervention teams carry the said assault rifles, MP-5 sub machineguns
and police shotguns, lastly the support team has MG and Ameli
machineguns, C-90 grenade launchers and 60mm mortars. The latter
team also has two sniper combat couples with Mauser rifles. All
section members are equipped with the STAR 30-M sidearm.