Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare®: Biographies: Nikolai

“This place was nice once… East and West rebuilt Verdansk after the Cold War.” – Nikolai, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Depending on what side you’re on, the man only known simply as “Nikolai” can either be the wise-cracking foil to his friend and ally Captain John Price, or a soldier’s worst nightmare.

Head of the private military company Chimera, which includes Operators Yegor, Krueger, Syd, and Iskra, Nikolai is one of the Allegiance’s top leaders in the once-great Armistice global task force.

This major Intel Drop reveals the plans and machinations of this major player in Modern Warfare:

Nikolai

Nikolai is the code name of a former soldier of the Russian Army. Accused but never officially proven of being an informant against Ultranationalists, Nikolai was an intelligence asset to MI6 and a confidential source of the British SAS. His birth name and place are classified.

Early in his career, Nikolai was sent to guard the Soviet embassy in Copenhagen. During this duty, he expressed disenchantment with Russian foreign policy, which resulted in extensive efforts by Western interests to recruit him. When Nikolai was reassigned to the Russian Embassy in London, MI6 ‘made contact’ with the young and outspoken Russian.  

Reliable friend and confidant, Nikolai is a self-proclaimed “weapons enthusiast” who plays by his own rules. He speaks fluent English, Russian, German and 5 other languages. A proven resource and bona fide ‘fixer’ with connections both above and below the law, he is a reliable ally who can get almost anything, anywhere, anytime. Nikolai is a soldier at heart, a man who will go to the ends of the earth for a friend and even further for an enemy.

Nikolai is a true Russian patriot but he’s also Captain Price’s go-to man when the job requires discretion and dirty work. Nikolai provided key intel and equipment during the allied raid on General Roman Barkov’s illicit chemical weapons lab, and added a new friend in militia leader Farah Karim, a staunch anti-Russian fighter, by proving that he’s willing to choose right over wrong no matter how heavy the fog of war. Nikolai, along with CIA station chief Kate Laswell, Sergeant Kamarov, and Captain Price head-up Armistice, an alliance formed to defend Verdansk following the 2019 Al-Qatala incursion into the region. He is the commanding officer of Allegiance squad, Chimera.

Get more intel on the complete story of Modern Warfare here and experience it all by playing the Campaign, continuing the narrative in Special Operations, and joining with the armistice in battle in Multiplayer and Warzone.

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Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare®: Biographies: Khaled Al-Asad

“Your mission is to find, fix, and finish off high-value targets of the AQ network in Verdansk… They all serve one new master, who’s leading the Al-Qatala charge in Verdansk. To find him, we need to find them.” Kate Laswell, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Veterans of the franchise know his signature red beret, but none know who he is within the Modern Warfare universe until today. After the events of the Campaign, he became one of the two main antagonists that continues to wreak havoc on Verdansk and the world.

This major Intel Drop reveals the backstory, plans, and machinations of this major player ofModern Warfare:

Khaled Al-Asad

Khaled Al-Asad is considered the founder and current leader of the new Al-Qatala. Emerging shortly after the KIA death of Omar Sulaman, known to the world by his moniker “The Wolf,” Asad seized command authority over the extremist group. Asad’s efforts are further fortified by an unholy alliance with Victor Zakhaev, an ultranationalist Russian arms dealer with tremendous resources and a Cold War pedigree enthroned by his father Imran. Asad has an avowed hatred for Russia and no abiding allegiance to Zakhaev, but the two share a unanimous aim toward the demise of Western power and influence. 

Intelligence analysts have determined that Asad was unlawfully freed from prison by Zakhaev and turned loose on the city of Verdansk for the express purpose of pointing Asad’s unyielding and zealous hatred into an invasion of the historical city. 

Using Zakhaev’s armaments Asad launched a brutal and merciless campaign of violence resulting in countless deaths and ultimately the mass evacuation of the city’s civilian occupants. Following the attacks, Asad received pledges of support from AQ cells worldwide, intended to illustrate the legitimacy and unanimous acceptance of the self-appointed commander, countering criticism that he was unknown, reckless, and illegitimate.

In the months since the raid that killed his predecessor, a fuller picture of Asad has been pieced together by regional and western spies, placing him at the centre of Al-Qatala decision-making. The intelligence portrays him as a hardened veteran, born to lead the terrorist army and garnering unflinching loyalty to and from the radical militia, uniting the once frayed organization that had been reduced to scattered sleeper cells and splinter groups. Although the anarchistic terror organization’s power and ability to conduct strikes in the West has diminished under the pressure of successful strikes and counter-terror activities by joint military and C.I.A. operations, Asad reigns supreme over what is now one of the world’s most potent insurgent forces.

To this day, little is known about Al-Asad, which means “the lion” in Arabic, but it is suggested that he claims a lineage to the embattled country of Urzikstan, a distinction that offers legitimacy in some quarters. The name is believed to be a nom de guerre and his real birth name is unverifiable.

AQ has not released any video or speeches confirmed to be from Al-Asad but there is at least one picture that shows his full figure and face, donning a military officer’s uniform replete with an assemblage of ribbons and medals. In the photo, Asad wears a beret and mirrored sunglasses offering few distinctive physical features. Nonetheless, in November 2019, Western coalition forces claimed they had identified the existence of Al-Asad through surveillance assets, however other reports indicate that senior officials do not have positive ID on Asad or his current whereabouts.

Get more intel on the complete story of Modern Warfare here and experience it all by playing the Campaign, continuing the narrative in Special Operations, and joining with the armistice in battle in Multiplayer and Warzone.

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Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare®: Biographies: General Roman Barkov

Those who played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Campaign know his name, but not necessarily his full story. His ends and means to achieve them are unjustifiable, as proven by our heroes, However, the psychology behind his schemes may have stemmed from his troubled teenage years and the inferiority complex he developed.

This major Intel Drop reveals the backstory, plans, and machinations of this major player ofModern Warfare:

General Roman Barkov

Self-proclaimed ‘Novyy Korol’ (“New King”), Barkov is the mastermind of a covert chemical weapons program. He believes his mission is a calling to protect his homeland from surrounding nation states which he sees as a “breeding ground” for terrorists. When young Lieutenant Barkov led what was carefully called “The Annexation” of Urzikstan, he made an indelible impression, deploying unauthorized and illegal chemical agents to help “maintain control.” 

In the intervening years, Barkov subverted command, ordering scientists to combine existing weaponized chemicals to achieve three objectives: zero detectability, foiling of protective gear and 10 times the lethality. Barkov’s ultimate goal is to rout out terror at the source. He sees any and all rebellion or defiance as an insurgency and claims that there is no difference between “supposed freedom fighting militias” and the ranks of Al-Qatala. To him, they are allterrorists.

Barkov entered the army illegally at age 16. Most teens during Barkov’s formative years worked to avoid the draft, but Roman yearned to escape his drab existence, spent looking after his elderly mother, shopping and cooking while the other boys played sports, drank alcohol, smoked cigarettes and chased girls. 

In the Black Sea town where he lived, Barkov longed to find excitement and feel power. Hindered by reading disabilities, Barkov tried but failed to complete trade school, his only marketable skill, the cooking he’d learned at home. Needing cooks, the army accepted Roman for admission and taught him to fire machine guns and anti-aircraft batteries.

Barkov enjoyed destroying targets, logging more range hours than his comrades, marking the first time in his life he’d been good at anything “strong.” Rare photos show young Barkov, standing tall, proud of his first officer uniform. Climbing to higher ranks made Roman feel invincible. 

Barkov gained ultimate favor with his superiors by launching coordinated assaults on villages in the resource rich region of Northeastern Urzikstan, but his deployment of chlorine gas-tipped bombs and unknown nerve agents were unauthorized — these brutal rogue attacks sent civilians streaming into local hospitals. Soon after, Barkov ordered warplanes to strike the hospitals. Within hours, Barkov’s forces took control of the entire country. The victory earned him the rank and title of ‘General.’

Knowing the West must turn a blind eye to his army’s atrocities, as direct conflict between the superpowers risked an all out World War, Barkov’s unchecked tactics, held Urzikstan under martial law. General Barkov denounced Western meddling in Urzikstan, claiming, “The U.S supports terrorist organizations posing as ‘freedom fighters.’ The guerilla resistance are the real culprits of the chemical weapons use.”

With unyielding defiance, Barkov maintains that, “We have serious evidence to prove that so-called ‘terrorist attacks,’ are perpetrated by Western backed, rebel forces.” Regarding U.N. inspection reports to the contrary, Barkov denounced the findings as, “one-sided, Western propaganda.” 

It was these beliefs that fueled Barkov in his efforts to take down the militia group known as the Urzikstan Liberation Force and its leaders during the events of the Campaign. Now Barkov’s ideologies continue to threaten those on the ground in Urzikstan and have poisoned those on the ground that seek to take control of the region and start a full-scale war.

Get more intel on the complete story of Modern Warfare here and experience it all by playing the Campaign, continuing the narrative in Special Operations, and joining with the armistice in battle in Multiplayer and Warzone.

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Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare®: Biographies: Victor Zakhaev

“This is the 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.” – Sergeant Kamarov, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

In Special Ops, he was only thought of as a secondary threat under the Al-Asad-led Al-Qatala resurgence. As the Seasons progress and the story of Modern Warfare continues, Mr. Z – Victor Zakhaev – is a much deadlier threat than Armistice initially realized.

This major Intel Drop reveals the backstory, plans, and machinations of this major player ofModern Warfare:

Victor Zakhaev

Victor Zakhaev is the son of Cold War hero Imran Zakhaev, who gave his life to the USSR but died watching it fall. A boy of the Soviet 70’s, and teenager of the greed and growth driven 80’s, Victor’s childhood coincided with a series of monumental political changes, and much to his father’s dismay, the once great empire transformed, introducing new economic and cultural freedoms that brought about the demise of Russia’s standing as a major world power.

Victor’s father Imran was a high-ranking official in the Interior Ministry under the Communist regime. As a boy, Victor had rare access to the tunnels and bunker systems of the Eastern Bloc. Going to “work” with his father into the elaborate underground world of barracks, shelters and silos was his favorite. The looming prospect of their purpose was never something he feared, but rather a source of comfort. 

Imran had high expectations and valued education, insisting his middle son be fluent in Italian, German, English and French. Hating academia but loving and fearing his father, Victor toed the line. At 16, he was enrolled into a prestigious preparatory school in Verdansk, but his stint proved short lived when he was expelled following an altercation with a teacher for grabbing the teacher’s cane and breaking it to evade his corporal punishment. As punishment, Victor was sent to the Suvo Military School, where his peers were the more austere families of Soviet military personnel.

Victor graduated with the qualification of paratrooper, serving in the last unit of the Soviet Airborne Troops. In 1990, he was deployed to Tajikistan as part of a peacekeeping force to ebb the ethnic clashes that would lead to a string of civil wars activated by the Soviet Union’s collapse. Imran railed against the ensuing privatizations and the spreading of ownership of former state enterprises. Through his father’s eyes, Victor saw Imran work in vain to prevent the new model from spreading across Eastern Europe. Deputized by his father, Victor emerged as a leading advocate for the reclamation of mother Russia. In December 1994, Imran Zakhaev underwent emergency heart bypass surgery and remained in the hospital for months. Victor still claims that his father’s troubles were the manifestations of a broken heart.

Assuming some of his father’s duties throughout the ensuing years leading to Imran’s death, Victor lived somewhere beneath the wing and under the shadow of his power-wielding father. Victor joined the most secret division of the FSB, fighting terrorism and organized crime in Chechnya and beyond. When Imran finally passed away in 2011, Victor’s growing disenchantment with Modern Russia led him to sneaking out of the country along with his wife Yuila. It was then that the former Soviet Air Force officer saw the potential in trafficking weapons to former Soviet nations that had descended into ongoing chaos in the wake of the power vacuums brought about by their budding independence.

Zakhaev reportedly used what was left of his father’s loyalist contacts to smuggle weapons from Eastern Europe to Africa and the Middle East. An exception to the rule that says his industry caters to no agenda other than profit, Victor has always been known to use his gun-running to continue to wield influence with an eye toward fulfilling his father’s unrealized dreams of returning the Soviet Union to its former glory through leveraging the threat of nuclear war. Recent intelligence reports draw direct ties between Zakhaev and the Al-Qatala terrorist army’s invasion of Verdansk. Signal intelligence points to an ongoing relationship between Zakhaev and the militia’s newly minted leader known as “Al Asad,” The CIA believes the extremist group was bolstered by Victor’s hardware and continues to be the benefactor of Zakhaev’s antipathy for the modern world’s balance of power.

Get more intel on the complete story of Modern Warfare here and experience it all by playing the Campaign, continuing the narrative in Special Operations, and joining with the armistice in battle in Multiplayer and Warzone.

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