NOTE: This article is about Zakhaev from the 2019 reboot of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare sub-series. The original version can be found here: Imran Zakhaev.
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This is an arms dealer they call "Mr. Z." Z is wanted by the International Criminal Court for "conspiracy to transport, sell and supply arms to a foreign terrorist organization."
~ Kamarov explaining Zakhaev.
Imran Zakhaev (in Russian: Имран Захаев) is one of the two main antagonists (along with Khaled Al-Asad) of the Spec Ops story in the 2019 video game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the reboot of the Modern Warfare series. He is an arms dealer and member of the Ultranationalists who works with multiple terrorist groups across the globe.
Little is known about Zakhaev's life, other than that he father a son named Victor, who shares his ideals. Also, sometime before in the past, Zakhaev was almost killed by John Price and MacMillan during a mission in Pripyat. Eventually, at some point in his life, Zakhaev became a member of the Ultranationalists and founding CEO of Zakhaev Arms, which he used to supply terrorists with military-grade weaponry.
He also has a past with the Spetsnaz Operator Nikto, having personally tortured him and leaving him physically damaged permanently.
After the death of General Barkov, the Ultranationalists, specifically both Imran and Victor, became fans of Hadir Karim's actions against the general as well as his philosophies, and thus planned to free him from Russian custody as well as Victor wanting Barkov's "throne".
Zakhaev ended up becoming primarily associating with Al-Qatala's new leader Khaled Al-Asad after the death of Omar "The Wolf" Sulaman. He began supplying him and his organization with weapons and military equipment to use a full-scale assault against Verdansk in Kastovia, in 2020 3rd of March, as revenge for Barkov's actions. Although Zakhaev's supply chain was later cut off, he remained at large.