The Second Russian Civil War was a conflict primarily based in Russia, Eastern Europe, parts of Central and Southwest Asia, and large areas in the Middle East. It involved Russian Loyalists, heavily supported by American and British forces, against the Ultranationalist rebels led by Imran Zakhaev and their Middle Eastern allies, codenamed OpFor (Opposing Force), led by Khaled Al-Asad.
Background & The Attempted Assassination of Imran ZakhaevEdit
In 1996, the British government authorized its first assassination order since The Second World War on Imran Zakhaev, a high profile Russian arms dealer who was selling fuel rods salvaged from the ruined Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant. The mission was to be carried out by Alpha Team, a two-man SAS sniper team comprising of Captain MacMillan as sniper team leader, and then Lieutenant John Price as the shooter. The team's first objective was to sneak into the abandoned city of Pripyat, Ukraine, and set up a sniping position in the Hotel Polyssia. After arriving at their destination, they utilized the previously-airlifted M82A1 Sniper Rifle to kill Zakhaev, blowing off his left arm.
Shortly after the sniper team is compromised and after shooting down a hostile Mi-28, they then escape the building and proceed to Extraction Point Four, a nearby amusement park. On the way, another Mi-28 appears and it is also shot down. However, the chopper went down "hot" and when it crashed, shrapnel crippled Captain MacMillan. Lieutenant Price carried him to the extraction point near a ferris wheel with Ultranationalists hot on their trail. The two snipers manage to hold back waves of Ultranationalists long enough until the extraction team of U.S. Marines arrive in a CH-46 Sea Knight and safely evacuate both snipers.
Imran Zakhaev permanently lost his arm, but managed to survive the encounter. This would slowly lead him to become known as one of the most powerful and influential major political leaders within Russia, and head the Russian Ultranationalist party.
Course of WarEdit
Coup D'etat in the Middle EastEdit
Before intervention in the war, Imran Zakhaev realized that a second Russian Civil War, with 15,000 nuclear weapons on the line, would gain a high level of Western attention, especially United States and United Kingdom who both were supporting current Russian Loyalist Regime. In order to cause a diversionary war, he contacted his Middle Eastern ally, Khaled Al-Asad. Al-Asad would launch a coup d'état against the governments of the Middle East, all funded and supported by the Ultranationalist party. Al-Asad's forces would become known as OpFor, or Opposing Force, by the United States military.
Al-Asad's coup d'état was completed with the execution of the President Yasir Al-Fulani on national television. His country, despite advertising an upcoming peace within the nation, was remarkably unstable. This was seen in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare when OpFor soldiers are seen executing civilians who did not support Al-Asad's leadership.
Around the same time period as Al-Asad's coup, the British SAS launched an assault on an Estonian freighter, registration number 52775, in the Bering Strait. Utilizing intelligence gained from a Loyalist informant in an Ultranationalist camp, the strike force, Bravo Team, led by now Captain John Price, with Gaz, Sergeant John "Soap" MacTavish, Sergeant Wallcroft, and then Private Griffen, discovered nuclear WMD's being transported, along with a document written in Arabic. They barely managed to escape after "fast movers", enemy MiG-29's, performed an airstrike on the freighter.
The War BeginsEdit
- "Good news first: the world's in great shape. We've got a civil war in Russia, Government Loyalists against Ultranationalist Rebels, and 15,000 nukes at stake."
- — Gaz
Prior to the USMC's mission, a joint British SAS-Russian Loyalist force, commanded by Captain Price and Sergeant Kamarov respectively, launched a small assault on an Ultranationalist camp. They soon split up, with Sgt. Kamarov taking the town and Capt. Price rescuing a valuable informant. A little while after that, an AC-130 gunship assisted in Cpt. Price's team's evacuation by United States Marine Corps helicopters.
The United States, unknowingly being fooled by Zakhaev's diversionary plan, launched an attack on a coastal city in Kuwait, located in the Middle East. Here in a local television station, Al-Asad was supposedly spreading nationwide propaganda.
The television propaganda was revealed to be a recording, as there was no sign of Al-Asad.
Attack on the Capital CityEdit
- "It looks like we're rolling in with everything we got. We get Al-Asad, we end this war right here, right now. Lock and load, Marines."
- — Lt. Vasquez
The war would continue in the Middle East as U.S. Marines continued their push towards the Capital City, where Al-Asad was cornered.
The U.S. forces then led a massive offensive campaign on the Capital City, using Force Recon and Wild Weasel units to take down Al-Asad's air defenses. The British Special Air Service had informed the U.S. Marines of captured intelligence which indicated that Al-Asad may have a Russian nuclear warhead, possibly for use in a last-ditch, "scorched earth" situation.
NEST teams, covered by U.S. Navy SEAL teams, were then deployed in an attempt to find and defuse the nuclear warhead. Soon, the nuke was discovered and all U.S. forces were recommended to evacuate and reach a minimal safe distance from the center of the city, where the warhead was recovered. One notable team within 1st Force Recon, Bravo Team, would attempt to rescue a downed Cobra pilot even after they were informed that they would not be within a safe distance in the event of nuclear detonation.
The NEST teams failed to defuse the nuclear warhead, resulting in a catastrophic explosion that cost the lives of 30,000 U.S. Marines and civilians. This would lead to the next war, five years later — after General Shepherd became rogue in an attempt by him to show off the true power of the United States.
Al-Asad in AzerbaijanEdit
The British SAS gained intelligence from Nikolai that Al-Asad had not acted in a suicidal attempt to escape the U.S. assault, but instead that he escaped prior to nuclear detonation, possibly to a small village in Azerbaijan. Bravo Team then infiltrated several houses in the village in a desperate attempt to find him. They succeed, and Al-Asad is captured and interrogated. The team learns that the nuclear warhead was actually supplied by Imran Zakhaev, the leader of the rebellious Russian political party, the Ultranationalists, after he calls Al-Asad on his cell phone and Price hears his voice. Al-Asad was then executed by Price with an M1911 pistol. Price recounts his assassination attempt on Zakhaev fifteen years previously.
Eight hours later, the SAS commandos were attacked by Zakhaev's men, who were supposedly looking for Al-Asad. Bravo Team managed to hold off the offensive and escape on USMC helicopters. The USMC and SAS would then perform a variety of joint operations against the Ultranationalists.
Battle in the Altay MountainsEdit
- "Zakhaev's son. Commander of the Ultranationalist forces in the field. Rotten apple doesn't fall far from the tree.... The Loyalist Kamarov has got a location on the kid."
- — Captain Price
The joint USMC/Loyalist/SAS force then got a location on Imran Zakhaev's son, Viktor Zakhaev. They planned to capture him and interrogate him on the whereabouts of his father. After taking over an Ultranationalist-controlled checkpoint, they ambushed him. Viktor attempted to escape, and ran from the team until he reached a dead end at the roof of a five-story building. Before the team was able to restrain him, he fired his M1911 at his jaw, killing himself.
- "It's quite simple. Either we retake the launch facility or we won't recognize the world tomorrow."
- — Captain Price
With their last lead as to where Zakhaev was gone, the team decided to wait. Imran Zakhaev, infuriated by his son's death, took over an ICBM launch facility to force "All U.S. and British forces" to "leave Russia immediately, or suffer the consequences".
The SAS and USMC team then stormed the Ultranationalist-controlled missile launch facility. However, shortly prior to their arrival, Zakhaev launched two RT-2UTTH Topol-M ICBMs, each containing six separate nuclear warheads, with each individual warhead carrying the equivalent to 550 kilotons of TNT. Eight of these were targeted towards U.S. cities, with the ability to cause the death of an estimated 41 million American civilians.
After receiving the missile abort codes from Loyalists, the team infiltrated the facility. After heavy fighting, they managed to abort the missiles over the Atlantic with zero civilian casualties.
Imran Zakhaev's DeathEdit
- "It's just too hot, man... but room temperature? Please. A beer should be ice cold."
- — SSgt. Griggs, USMC
The team boarded vehicles in an attempt to escape the facility. This also involved getting through a highway with heavy Ultranationalist defenses. An Ultranationalist Mi-24 Hind helicopter blew up a bridge along the escape route while their vehicles were on it, thus causing the team to be stranded. After fierce fighting with heavy Ultranationalist reinforcements, an exploding gas tanker knocked out a majority of the team. Meanwhile, a Loyalist force made their way to the bridge to provide gunship support to their allies, but they were not able to make it in time.
Imran Zakhaev himself then entered the scene, executing Gaz, while other Ultrantionalists shot other teammates. Their plow through the remnants of the USMC/SAS team was cut short when a Loyalist Mi-28 Havoc gunship barged in and began to fire upon Zakhaev's forces. It was then that John "Soap" MacTavish executed Zakhaev with an M1911 pistol that Captain Price slid to him while both were on the ground behind him.
Loyalist Mi-8 Hip helicopters drop in allied reinforcements and evacuated the team. Capt. Price was unconscious and "Soap" passed out while on a stretcher being lifted to the helicopter. All other team members were dead.
Ultranationalist Final VictoryEdit
- "Place is filled with living casualties of the last war... which I swear I thought we'd won."
- — Soap, in the opening cut scene of The Gulag.By and On August 10, 2016, the Ultranationalists would win the war through the Russian presidential election and Boris Vorshevsky would then become the new elected President of Russia.
The Second Russian Civil War would cost the lives of over 30,000 U.S. Marines. It would also force a strain on U.S.-Russia relations after the Ultranationalists took power due to Vladimir Makarov and his growing terrorist cell. It is also implied that a second Cold War took place between the two countries also because of Makarov. The result of the war between the U.S. and the OpFor is not clearly stated.
In October 2013, a joint Task Force 141/Delta Force mission (Operation Kingfish) was launched to eliminate Zakhaev's successor, Vladimir Makarov. The mission ended badly as the base turned out empty and Ultranationalist reinforcements swarmed the team. "Soap" MacTavish was wounded and evacuated with the rest of the team, while Captain Price stayed behind to buy them time. He was slightly wounded, and captured.
Capt. Price would be imprisoned within a Russian Gulag and would play a major role in the beginning stages of World War III as part of Task Force 141, before becoming an international criminal. Soap would return to the UK and become the field commander of Task Force 141, also becoming an international criminal alongside Price. The detonation of the nuclear device in the Middle East resulted in deaths of 30,000 U.S. military personnel and set the events of Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3 into motion.
Notable military operationsEdit
- British victory
- British victory
- OpFor victory
- President Al-Fulani executed
- OpFor seize control of country.
- Loyalist/British victory
- Codename: Nikolai rescued.
- Caucasian villiage saved.
- Indecisive; OpFor claims victory
- Both sides suffer heavy casualties; Estimates place U.S. casualties around 30,000.
- American/Loyalist/British victory
- Capture and execution of Al-Asad.
- SAS forces successfully evacuated.
- Zakhaev commits suicide.
- American/Loyalist/British victory
- Imran Zakhaev executed.
- Most of the SAS and USMC members that try to escape from the facility are killed including SSgt. Griggs and Gaz.
- The Ultranationalist forces face a Leadership struggle; Vladimir Makarov becomes the new leader of the Extremist Ultranationalist Party.