Prince Kassad hailed from North Africa and was originally a local tribal leader. During his earlier career, Kassad would appear to engage in legitimate politics in the Middle East while simultaneously organising assassinations, beatings and hijackings, and commanding an array of spies and assassins. He was reportedly paid millions for these operations. For three years from 2008, it is believed that no terrorist action around the Mediterranean happened without his blessing. A charismatic and ruthless administrator and commander, Kassad soon established himself as one of the most important and dangerous of GLA generals. During the vast war against China and the US, Kassad commanded the GLA 'Cobra' cell, famous for covert operations. His forces often seemed to appear from nowhere and strike with lethal accuracy. Kassad eschewed straight-out armoured offensives for a subtler approach, wielding a number of unique stealth technologies.