"Operation Gladio" (Latin gladius — sword) — secret NATO operation to create in Europe after the Second World War, a network of so-called "left behind» (stay behind) organizations that exist to counter the expected invasion of the Warsaw Pact countries in Western Europe.
In addition to other active organizations were Nazi criminals and the far-right-wing radical groups.
Although the title of "Gladio" refers to organizations established in Italy, the term is commonly used as an informal name for all created in the framework of its institutions. Former CIA Director William Colby called the operation the most important program.
The existence of "Gladio" is officially recognized by governments involved in the operation of Western countries. In this case, the U.S. government has denied the charges against organizations "left behind" in terrorism.
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