Modern Warfare® Campaign: Biographies of the Story’s Major Players. Part 3: Farah Ahmed Karim and Hadir Ahmed Karim.

An introduction to the Protagonists and Antagonists of Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare®.

by Call of Duty Staff on October 03, 2019

This October 25th, expect no compromises as Modern Warfare takes you on an engaging narrative, featuring military operations across the globe, where morality is sure to be tested. But who are the main characters of the Campaign? The following detailed Intel Drop reveals the initial plans and machinations of the major players of Modern Warfare:

Farah Ahmed Karim

Leader, Urzikstan Liberation Force (ULF)

Farah Amhed Karim is the founding member and commander of the Urzikstan Liberation Force, battling foreign occupation since 2010. She is renowned not only for leading the resistance against enemy troops, but for establishing protective units to combat terror groups throughout Urzikstan. Under Farah’s leadership, civilian militias play a critical role in the fight to return their subjugated population to sovereignty. Her forces comprise male and female volunteer fighters with maximum age limit. Farah does not allow those under the age of 15 to take part in frontline fighting, but anyone and everyone is invited to undergo military training and join her reserves.

To protect her people from owing a debt to the world, Farah accepts only select funding and equipment from the international community, preferring to keep her forces reliant on their own for material support. Raising her army with little more than commandeered weapons and unofficial support from the SAS’s legendary Bravo Squadron, Farah says “Will is the most powerful weapon.” As a girl, in the opening salvos of the invasion, she and her brother Hadir were caught, spending their teens held as POWs by General Barkov’s rogue forces where captives were subjected to forced labor, routinely witnessing acts of chemical experimentation on fellow prisoners.

In 2009, Farah led an escape, fighting alongside a western aide unit. She vowed then to give her life to freeing her country from subjugation and chaos. When asked if women can be as effective as men in combat, Farah describes the question as sexist and objectifying. Farah wants to give women their rightful place, not only in combat, but in a society free from war. For Farah, war is more than the liberation of land. “We are also fighting to free our people from old-fashioned ways.”

Impressed by seeing females in combat and leadership roles, wives, mothers, and daughters fight without pay, food or medicine, to follow Farah into battle, Farah Karim’s modern beliefs have had far-reaching effects, and occupying soldiers often directly hunt and target her. Labeled a terrorist organization by the Russian government for their long-standing resistance, Russian soldiers are ordered to make no distinction between the terror group Al-Qatala and the liberation fighters under Farah’s command. AQ terrorists pursue Farah and the ULF with a mandate to kill.

Farah’s worldview draws a sharp line of demarcation between herself and the enemy. “The enemy has come where they are not welcomed and taken what is not theirs.” Farah refuses to stage counter-offensives or launch attacks beyond the borders of her country, believing with all her heart that what distinguishes her from the terrorists and the occupiers is never crossing the line from defender to aggressor. “We are a protective force, we are rescuers, not killers.”

Hadir Ahmed Karim

Combat Lieutenant, Urzikstan Liberation Force (ULF)

Hadir is a fighter in the Urzikstan Liberation Force, serving as a combat Lieutenant, reporting directly to his older sister, Farah. Together, they fight to protect, rescue and free their country from Russian occupation. Hadir’s father was a professor, his mother, a civil servant for her district in Urzikstan, both respected in their middle class community. Like his parents, Hadir has always sought to make something of himself, but grew up in an uncivil world of war-torn streets and death around every corner.

Hadir’s life changed irreparably when General Barkov’s rogue army rolled into Urzikstan and in a matter of minutes, imposed their will, blanketing his hometown with ordnance and poison gas. One minute, Hadir was doing homework and the next, he was trying to escape rifles, gas bombs and capture. Too young, small and scared, Hadir has always been haunted by guilt over his inability to render more aide. With the help of his sister Farah, they attempted to escape, but were both apprehended and taken to a prison camp.  

Losing his family, his home and his innocence, like many in his generation, he and his sister Farah grew up in prison without guidance, education or moral instruction. These events fomented a violent and aggressive streak. For Hadir, warplanes, enemy tanks and checkpoints were a normal part of his daily life. After helping his sister lead a rebellion to break free from Barkov’s POW camp, he became a prominent figure and an influence on emerging combatants. Here, he shaped his personality and reputation as a hostile, cunning guerilla fighter. Because he was there when the shelling started, Hadir is viewed as someone to be trusted by his community and beyond.

Left an angry and restless soul with the heart of a warrior, Hadir learned to keep his cards, feelings and plans to himself. Secretive, not through deviousness, but because he had to be to survive. Farah and Hadir see eye to eye on their ultimate goal – to liberate their people – but don’t always align on tactics or strategy. Today, Hadir is Farah’s lieutenant, but differs with his sister philosophically when it comes to battle.

Hadir has never been beyond the borders of his country and often returns to his birth city to lead counter occupation attacks. "I couldn't, because my dad and mum are buried here," he says. “I didn’t want to be away from them. Now, it is time to go wherever we must, to achieve victory.” Hadir considers more aggressive actions to be a necessary part of liberating his people. His singular purpose is to defeat those occupying his land by any means necessary.

 

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