Grupo de Acción Rápida

The Grupo de Acción Rápida (GAR) is an elite unit of the Spanish Civil Guard specialized in counter-terrorism.[1]

Grupo de Acción Rápida
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ActiveSince 1980
BranchGuardia Civil
TypeSpecial unit
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Tracing its origins to the Unidad Antiterrorista Rural (UAR) founded around 1978, the GAR was properly created in 1980.[2] It is based in Logroño.[3] Initially aimed to counter ETA, since 1998 it has re-oriented towards international deployments, taking part in missions in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Haiti and the Central African Republic.[3]

Members of the unit during the staging a mannequin challenge video.


  1. ^ Molpereces, Diego; Martínez, Javier. "Un día de maniobras con los GAR, el grupo antiterrorista de élite de la Guardia Civil". Voz Pópuli.
  2. ^ "Grupo de Acción Rápida (GAR)". Guardia Civil.
  3. ^ a b Vallejo, César; Mahia, Irene (26 October 2015). "G.A.R.: La lucha contra el terrorismo continúa". RTVE.