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"This is Dagger One to Papa Dragon", Captain Timothy Walsh reported. "We are overlooking the harbour facilities and are standing by to observe." "Understood, Dagger", Colonel Francis Thorn confirmed from his flying command centre inside a modified AC-130 gunship that was idling above the Caspian Sea just outside Iranian airspace. Unfazed by the air of tension in the cramped, blue-lit belly of the massive aircraft, Thorn took a quick sip from his coffee mug while his watchful gaze rested on the..

Posted by The_Hunter649 on Aug 15th, 2013

Iran, 2024
Caspian Sea Coast

"This is Dagger One to Papa Dragon", Captain Timothy Walsh reported. "We are overlooking the harbour facilities and are standing by to observe."
"Understood, Dagger", Colonel Francis Thorn confirmed from his flying command centre inside a modified AC-130 gunship that was idling above the Caspian Sea just outside Iranian airspace. Unfazed by the air of tension in the cramped, blue-lit belly of the massive aircraft, Thorn took a quick sip from his coffee mug while his watchful gaze rested on the screens that showed a livefeed of the compound. Thanks to the high-resolution cameras mounted on their helmets, the Chessmaster could see everything his men could set their eyes on in real time as if he was there himself.

The five soldiers of Team Dagger belonged to the US Army's 1st Special Forces Group and had infiltrated the area a month earlier. True to the doctrine of the famous Green Berets, America's original shadow warriors founded in the early 1950s, they had taken the subtle way into Iran: Using their vast knowledge of the local languages and customs, they managed to blend in among the population and prepared a safehouse in support of tonight's operation. The objective was a cargo freighter that was scheduled to arrive within the hour. According to the latest intel of the CIA, it carried an arsenal of advanced weapons from the Russian Federation. For decades, it had been an open secret that the long-ruling ex-KGB Colonel in the Kremlin supported the Iranian regime with weapons in the same way as the United States supported the Saudi regime. The appearance of the Global Liberation Army and the subsequent escalation of sectarian violence in Iraq had brought the tensions between the two Middle Eastern powers to an unprecedented level - and in the autumn of 2024, it was only be a matter of time until the American-backed regime in Baghdad would fall and the entire region would be plunged into a catastrophic war that had been in the making for so long.

"Heads up, we've got eyes on a vessel heading towards the harbour", Captain Walsh noted after a half hour of quiet waiting. "Stephenson; can you get a clear look at the ship?"

The team's sniper peered through the night vision scope of his M110 precision rifle and scanned the ship's hull. He confirmed that it was indeed the Danica, a cargo freighter under the Russian flag with a deadweight tonnage of 50.000.

"Roger, Dagger. Set up your equipment and ID any personnel within the facility. I also need a clear view on those weapons if possible", Thorn replied. "Intel says that the Russian officer in charge of the delivery is one Major General Stanislav Semyonovich Baluyev and that the ship might be carrying an unknown number of surplus anti-aircraft vehicles, including ZSU-23-4 Shilkas and SA-19 Grisons. We're also looking at several hundred containers full of ammunition and miscellaneous infantry weapons, possibly including advanced MANPADS and ATGMs."

"Any changes to the rules of engagement?", Walsh inquired.

"Negative. We are only here to identify the weapons and any key personnel. We don't have orders to engage at this time, so keep your safeties on."

Slowly, the Danica moved ashore and within moments, the sleepy harbour facility came alive with activity as several armed soldiers scrambled out of the buildings in the dead of the night.

"Wait, something isn't right here", the Captain remarked. "These troops aren't wearing Iranian uniforms. Papa Dragon, what do we know about the Iranian military presence down here tonight?"

"We have no exact information as to who's going to receive the delivery, whether they belong to the regular military or the revolutionary guard." Thorn replied with an air of concern. "Whoever they are, let's stick to the plan for now. I'll see if I can get some better intel from our database..."

"Roger that, Colonel", Walsh noted. "Ramirez; set up the smartcam and the directional mic!"

While the Green Berets prepared their equipment, the Russian General Baluyev took a strong drag of his cigarette and exited the ship. An instant after he stepped onto the concrete pier, he and his small entourage of soldiers and sailors were confronted by a group of bearded men dressed in a patchy mix of civilian clothes and non-standard military gear. One of them, a lean, towering Iraqi with the biggest beard of all approached him: "You are ten minutes late. Unpunctuality is not a good trait for a man to do business with - But I shall look past that, given the sheer size of your delivery, 'Comrade' General."

"And I shall look past your arrogance, mudak", the General replied with contempt as he crushed the remains of the cigarette underneath his black boot. "The President may regard your organisation as...'helpful' for his political power plays in the Middle East but that does not mean that we have to treat you as if we were friends - Trust me, we aren't! The mere thought that my government is making agreements with your kind fills me with shame and disgust, but I have my orders. Let's just get this over with."

Meanwhile, Colonel Thorn had received the results of the facial recognition procedure which revealed the identity of the bearded stranger. "Well, I'll be damned - If that isn't the fucking Death Merchant himself", he hissed through his teeth. "Dagger, be advised: We have identified the tall guy as none other than Anwar Sulaymaan, one of the GLA's top dogs in the Gulf region. He fought in the Iraqi insurgency as a teenager and ever since then, he has built himself an impressive network of arms trafficking contacts around the world. We're talking rogue states, mercenaries, criminals and terrorists but above all of these, his main client has always been the Global Liberation Army, where he is said to be in close personal contact with Warlord Mohmar himself."

"Come again, Sir, does that mean...", Captain Walsh wondered in disbelief before Thorn cut him off: "Yes, Captain. It means that for all we know, the Russian government is covertly supplying the GLA. We believed that this was going to be just another routine delivery for the Iranians, but if the Russians are also backing the GLA as some some kind of secret proxy in the Middle East to compromise our interests, we might have a major international incident on our hands. I have to take this higher up the chain. Stand by for further orders, Dagger."

The GLA workers started lifting the containers off the ship with cranes and loaded them onto a nearby train. It would still take a considerable while to unload the entire cargo, but the Americans did not have any time to spare, knowing that the precious cargo would quickly become untraceable amidst the extensive, impenetrable logistics network of the GLA. Meanwhile, Sulaymaan and Baluyev took a walk through the harbour and stopped by one of the larger containers. Upon orders of Sulaymaan, the massive steel crate was opened, revealing an entire load of S-300 surface-to-air missiles; sophisticated material which, without a doubt, would pose a potent threat to American air operations in the region.

"Dagger One, this is Papa Dragon", Thorn returned and proceeded to explain in an urgent tone. "New orders just came in from the highest authority: We are to engage and destroy the ship, its cargo and all personnel. That includes both the GLA -and- the Russians. We don't have time for a more nuanced solution as we cannot risk losing track of these weapons. My Spectre will be on station to provide fire support in approximately twenty minutes. We light 'em up and then your team will go in to secure what's left. Let's get to it, gentlemen!"

While the Green Berets prepared to make their move, Sulaymaan and Baluyev continued with their awkward conversation, unaware of the havoc that would soon be unleashed upon them. "These weapons will aid us greatly in our upcoming operations in Iraq", boasted Sulaymaan. "My people are yearning to be liberated from the puppet regime that was forced upon them by the Americans. Soon, the entire region will be purged clean from the influence of the Western imperialists and then, we will lay waste to their homes just like they did to ours for so many years. Relay my thanks to your President...and tell him that the GLA will always remember its benefactors."

Baluyev spat out in disgust and refused to dignify Sulaymaan's unbearable smugness with a response. Suddenly, the two were knocked to the ground by a heavy explosion. A 105mm howitzer shell had smashed into the conning tower of the Danica and before anybody knew what was going on, the men on the pier got cut down by a red, uninterrupted beam of 25mm rounds. A barrage of bombs, missiles and 40mm high-explosive shells rained down from the dark blue night sky and obliterated most of the harbour within mere seconds in a chain reaction of detonations.

"A trap - I should have known it!" Sulaymaan yelled while seething with rage. "You're going to die for this, you slavic pig!" Baluyev, who was still shaken by the chaos, tried to seize the opportunity to save his honour and reached for his pistol, only for Sulaymaan to pull a blade through his throat. "The GLA will always remember its benefactors...", he repeated darkly. "...but it will never forget those who betrayed it either!" With that said, he threw the General to the ground and left him to bleed out. As he made his escape from the facility, Sulaymaan manoeuvred through the raging inferno which rendered him invisible on the infrared screens of the Spectre before he disappeared into the night.

After the bombardment had ended, Team Dagger arrived on the scene to secure what little salvageable intel was left. Captain Walsh reported back to Colonel Thorn: "Papa Dragon, we've got a total of fifty-eight bodies including General Baluyev but Sulaymaan is nowhere to be found. The Danica has been sunk and the containers they managed to unload are destroyed - These SAMs won't bother our birds anytime soon."

"Understood, Dagger. We might have missed the prize but we still managed to deny the GLA some serious firepower tonight", Thorn summarised. "Prep your boat and exfil to point Echo before the locals show up. A Black Hawk will be on station to fly you out to Turkmenistan...I'll brief the President on the geo-political shitstorm that's gonna come down in the next hours. Papa Dragon out."

Introduced in the early 1960s, the ZSU-23-4 (named after its armament of four 23mm anti-aircraft cannons and more commonly known as the Shilka) has been refurbished in a last ditch effort to maximise the combat capabilities of Russia's Tank Reserves alongside the T-64 and the BRDM-1.

Introduced in the 1980s in order to replace the relatively unsophisticated Shilka, the Tunguska was originally armed with a set of two 30mm autocannons and four surface-to-air missiles. A new version of the vehicle was adopted during the modernisation of Russia's military arsenal in the 2030s: The Tunguska-M2 essentially combined the sturdy tracked chassis of the original model with the more advanced weapon platform and targeting systems of the lighter Pantsir-S1 vehicle, making it one of the most reliable self-propelled anti-aircraft weapons in the world.

Where most countries comprise their militaries of an army, a navy and an air force, the official armed forces of the Russian Federation operate within six distinct branches: The Ground Forces, the Navy, the Air Force, the Airborne Troops, the Strategic Missile Troops and - last but not least - the Aerospace Defence Forces. Being tasked to protect the single largest national airspace on the globe, the members of the VKO are in charge of Russia's elaborate network of early warning radars and advanced surface-to-air weapon systems, the most prominent of which is the S-300 missile. Originally dubbed the 'Grumble' by NATO, the missiles can turn a large air space into a no-fly zone thanks to their amazing range and inescapable accuracy. Ever since its introduction in the late 1970s, the missile has been improved and modernised time and time again, giving birth to an entire family of SAMs which were exported to the likes of Kazakhstan, Belarus and Greece. During the Global War On Terror, some of these missiles almost wound up in the hands of the GLA if it had not been for the intervention of American special forces. The infamous Sulaymaan-Baluyev Affair of 2024 further eroded the trust between the Russian people and their dictatorial government in a series of events that eventually gave rise to a new President by the name of Nikolai Abramovich Suvorov.

Finally, we are proud to announce that Rise of the Reds will be featured on this month's episode of Community Battlecast Primetime, including an interview with The Hunter and Comr4de, exclusive previews and new information from behind the scenes!

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JamBai Aug 15 2013, 7:01pm says:

God dammit i wish the whole video was the interview! That topol-M! those spoilers my heart can't handle all of this!

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OhNoesBunnies! Aug 15 2013, 7:43pm says:

Russian civil war!

Yay roleplaying!

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waldo101 Aug 15 2013, 8:02pm says:

Awesome update!

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Prince_Kassad Aug 15 2013, 8:05pm says:


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Nuttah Aug 15 2013, 8:37pm says:

Looks like this turn of events also gives our good buddy Anwar a reason to be inclined towards making war on Russia just as much as all the other factions.
Not that he needed any more than them just existing in the area anyway.

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Keksz Aug 15 2013, 11:09pm says:

"Introduced in the early 1960s, the ZPU-23-4"

I think you mean ZSU *german smartass move on*

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MARS2588 Aug 16 2013, 12:45am replied:

Pardon that little error of mine; already fixed it.

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ghobot21 Aug 15 2013, 11:16pm says:

Watch the vid and I must say, cant wait for the new unit and feature!

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Dejected-Angel Aug 16 2013, 1:43am says:


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re_simeone Aug 19 2013, 1:28pm replied:

Cuz you were watching ponies.

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Sgt_6adoel Aug 16 2013, 2:10am says:

Yay, Shilka!!! My favorite AA :)
Keep up the good work guys, AWESOME !!!!

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Tepelort Aug 16 2013, 5:19am says:

Real Badass War Starts

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Tepelort Aug 16 2013, 8:04am replied:

Baikonur Convoy Truck.

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Commander.JB Aug 16 2013, 7:42am says:


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CptIstvanofArdeal Aug 16 2013, 1:02pm says:

Yay now the qusetion is when the next version is coming out?

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OminousSpudd Aug 17 2013, 8:59pm says:

Oh man, that GLA Recycler is so darn cool!

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alexeistukov87 Aug 19 2013, 9:52am says:

Nice black ops coverage - hope to see such stories from other factions.

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Alekseipz Aug 20 2013, 12:47am says:

Finally, the shilka!

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willychong8921 Aug 23 2013, 12:00pm says:

So Russian was defeated in Europe? Or what?

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MARS2588 Aug 23 2013, 12:41pm replied:

Check the date of the story and remember the chronology. This story is set in 2024 - Two decades before the Russo-European War even begun. This is a scene from the GLA War, during a time when Russia was still a stagnant authoritarian extrapolation of today's Russia -before- Suvorov became President.

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willychong8921 Aug 23 2013, 2:07pm replied:

I already have my head spinning over the lore, but I know South Korea & Japan tact team, USA got its debt but aided by Canadians, Russian lay wasted, Europe in turmoil due the leader, who later become the main resistance leader of the European Alliance, China withdrawn and facing Russian as precaution. So far, that's all i know......

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Hatskir Aug 23 2013, 2:47pm says:

Good update. But what about other sides of conflict ? Does EU/China/US use that "dirty method" like Russian military ?

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MARS2588 Aug 23 2013, 4:05pm replied:

Judging by previous ROTR stories and the plot of the original Gens/ZH, they all had their share of moral dubiousness during the period: China used the war against the GLA as a pretext to establish a one-sided hegemony over the bigger part of continental Asia at the cost of the smaller countries, the US took the bait of the GLA and helped escalate the existing conflicts in the Middle East to a war that factually destroyed the entire region and the EU turned into a bureaucratic dictatorship that would have imploded with or without the interference of the GLA.

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Hatskir Aug 23 2013, 4:59pm replied:

Well, so what can we say about Suvorov? What are his true intentions ? Authoritarian rule and the stability of life for Russia without direct interference in military conflicts or is an agent provocateur, a puppet which is managed by the Western puppeteers to destabilize Russia by the war with the European Union ?

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sting2death Aug 25 2013, 11:48am buried:


Typical, the United States military destroys the evil technologically inept and oblivious Russians with no effort at all.

I love the lore, and I understand that this is a plausible event, but I am really sick of this sickening cliche, used in countless literature, film and game sources.

Never the less, it was good to see another update and I love the Shilka addition.

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MARS2588 Aug 25 2013, 12:10pm replied:

Just wanting to point out that this update describes a covert American attack on Russian-made military hardware that is being loaded off a ship in a GLA-controlled Iranian port in the middle of the night, i.e. vehicles that is not even manned or in any way combat-ready at the time the Americans make their move. This wasn't a blatant Ameriwank where a single AC-130 wipes out an entire Guards division; it's an AC-130 sinking a defenceless ship in port. One could argue that this actually makes the Americans look more opprtunistic and reckless than heroic, which is entirely on par with their attitude during the events of Gens/ZH.

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johnnyxp64 Aug 27 2013, 4:14pm says:

do you have any "job" openings at the moment and if so where can i find them out to see exactly what you are looking for for help?


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Guest Aug 27 2013, 5:30pm says:

"Ramirez; set up the smartcam and the directional mic!"

-Reference to CODMW2?

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shamu145 Oct 14 2013, 9:31pm replied:

Supposedly, Sgt. Foley gives over 50 orders to Ramirez to do something.

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ConscriptDavid Aug 29 2013, 1:17pm says:

Any place where I can read all the lore, like some sort of wiki? like in chronological order,w ith faction overrview, brieft hsitroy etc.

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Kalga Aug 29 2013, 2:32pm replied: +1 vote     reply to comment
MARS2588 Aug 30 2013, 2:34am replied:

Just to be clear, the first link takes you to the section with all of our updates which represent the official state of the story while the second link takes you to our fanfiction subforum where some fanworks have been marked as compatible with canon.

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Der_Dämon Aug 31 2013, 3:32pm says:

when the 2.0 will be released?

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