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|“||Our war is not for our faith. We fight to remove all foreign power from our soil. We are Al-Qatala. We are the Killers. We fight without sorrow. We wage war without sympathy. This is the only way to live....and die. A true soldier.||„|
|~ Al-Qatala's belief by the Wolf and the Butcher.|
Al-Qatala, now known as Al-Qatala-Aljahdid, is the secondary antagonistic faction of the 2019 video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and are mentioned in the Verdansk storyline in the 2020 video game Call of Duty: Warzone.
They are an international terrorist organization based in Urzikstan, and is based on the belief of removing any kind of foreign power from every country that threatens theirs. To that end, they enact terrorist acts and mass murders across the globe, hoping that it would eventually ensure peace.
The organization was founded in 2013 by former freedom fighter Omar "the Wolf" Sulaman in response to Urzikstan being invaded in 1999 and forcefully occupied by Russian forces under the command of General Roman Barkov. Pursuing independence via the removal of all foreign occupants from the country, Al-Qatala became a shockingly violent terrorist network operating across Africa, Europe and the Middle East, bent on inflicting multiple atrocious crimes and terrorist attacks anytime and anywhere. They also became known to be extremely capable of carrying out indiscriminate conventional attacks against both civilian and military targets, and has aspired to use weapons of mass destruction to achieve their goals. Their acts brought them into conflict with the Urzikstan Liberation Force, a paramilitary organization led by Farah Karim to oppose Barkov's control as well as Al-Qatala's actions. The network's members are relentless in pursuing Karim and are instructed to take no prisoners, and rather just kill them at all costs.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Al-Qatala are first seen deploying one of its underground cells residing in the United Kingdom launch a terrorist attack on Piccadilly Circus in London, killing countless innocent people, including children, in the process. The cell responsible were intercepted in Camden by S.A.S. led by Captain John Price and Sergeant Kyle "Gaz" Garrick, in which they learn where in Urzikstan the Wolf was hiding.
With the Wolf hiding in Rammaza Hospital in Urzikstan, Al-Qatala attempted to defend him from "Alex", Farah, Hadir and Sergeant Griggs, but were unsuccessful and the Wolf was captured while his hostages were rescued. However, after the Wolf was taken to the country's U.S. Embassy, the Butcher led Al-Qatala attacked and breached the building, relentlessly attacking and chasing them, Price and Garrick to the Ambassador's compound, and eventually, they freed the Wolf. The U.L.F. and the C.I.A. then attempted to recaptured the Wolf on the Highway of Death, fighting Al-Qatala in the process. But the plan goes awry as since Barkov's force intervened, Hadir unleashed the general's stolen gas on the Russian soldiers, leaving "Alex" and Farah with gas-masks on to join Al-Qatala.
The CIA follow Hadir to the Wolf's hideout and fight multiple Al-Qatala forces, and the Wolf is killed in the process when attempts to kill his would-be captors with a suicide vest. The Butcher planned to lead an attack on Russia using the stolen gas, but was intercepted and interrogated to reveal where it was hidden. Hadir planned to use the gas on Barkov's chemical factory, which the former had located, and Hadir led Al-Qatala to Barkov's residence, taking his relatives hostage. However, he was captured by Price and Garrick, who had learned it from interrogating the Butcher, and reluctantly handed him over to Russia in exchange for keeping the information he had on Barkov's factory, in which they then attack it and kill Barkov once and for all.
After Urzikstan's liberation and Barkov's death, Al-Qatala somehow remained active and its leadership was assumed by the mysterious Khaled Al-Asad, who had armed the organization with military-grade heavy weapons and vehicles thanks to his partnership with Russian arms dealer Victor Zakhaev. Using their arsenal, Al-Qatala, now renaming themselves as "Al-Qatala-Aljahdid", invaded Verdansk, Kastovia to assist Zakhaev in his plans to start a war that would restore the Soviet Union, in exchange for being allowed to return to Urzikstan. After Al-Asad and Zakhaev orchestrated a citywide bio-attack using Barkov's chlorine gas, Al-Qatala were pulled out of the city whilst the Armistice became divided and fought each other for survival. This allowed Al-Qatala to return to Urzikstan.
The organization has a normalized structure for any kinds of organization, even for a terrorist one, such as;
- Omar "the Wolf" Sulaman (K.I.A.) - Founder and leader
- Khaled Al-Asad - Leader
- Jamal "the Butcher" Rahar (Alive or K.I.A., dependent on player's choice) - Second-in-command and enforcer
- Hadir Karim (Captured)
- Mark Davies (K.I.A.)
- Jessica Ramirez (Captured)
- Derek Watson (K.I.A.)
- Christopher Yuter (K.I.A.)
- Danny (K.I.A.)
- Almalik (K.I.A.)
- The Banker (Alive/K.I.A.)
- El Traficante (K.I.A.)
- Many other members
Like many other terrorist organizations, Al-Qatala has variety of skills such as;
- High-level intelligence: The organization is built on massively wise intelligence, knowing locations and spots of attack or the spots of the enemies, as well as to outsmart the enemy itself.
- Mastery of combat and weapons: The organization members are well known to be experts in combat and how to ulitize weapons or bombs.
- Rich variety of resources: Al-Qatala is equipped with extremely rich variety of vast resources in order to carry out their actions.
- Mastery of terrorism: They are capable of carrying out conventional terrorist attacks or counter-military attacks thanks to their skills.
- In Arabic, Al-Qatala means "The Killers" or "The Assassins".
- Upon its rename, Al-Qatala-Aljahdid roughly means "The New Killers".
- The organization is based on and inspired by the real-life terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
- This is the second antagonistic faction in the Call of Duty franchise to be Arabic terrorist organisation, with the first being OpFor.