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Introduction

The Dunes of Yesterday is intended to be a cooperative thread amongst Itailian Maifias and Layarteb primarily but which is open to all members of Earth II. This thread is a consolidation of The Crescent Wars and the The Sundered Crown, both of which take place in the early 1990s in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Take note that canon in this thread supersedes that in these previous threads. As both threads, their histories, and their stories are interlinked, it serves a greater purpose to combine them. Before we begin, please take this opportunity to review our introduction as well as the synopsis materials we've constructed, to provide a better and more thorough background to this thread.



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Background
The Dunes of Yesterday covers activities of both the Empire of Britannia and the Empire of Layarteb - as well as other participants - within the Eastern Mediterranean region. This thread will take place primarily, but not exclusively, in these locations: Cyprus, Egypt, Gaza Strip, and the Sinai Peninsula. It will take place primarily in the early 1990s from 1991 to 1993 but its history goes all the way back to the 1100s. References to these historical events will be present throughout the thread and should be considered canon to our greater community.

Historically speaking, activity by Britannia in this region stretches back to the First Crusade (1141 - 1144), when a crusade in Egypt meets with limited successes. The Second Crusade (1147 - 1149) mirrors the real-life events, particularly with regards to the Levant and Egypt. The Third Crusade (1189 - 1194) is the main point of deviation in our history, though it shares some elements of real-life.

The Third Crusade is led by King Richard I of Britannia and it is a success, capturing the Holy Land for the Crusaders, which outlasts time and future attempts by Muslim armies and other forces. It is during this Third Crusade that the Kingdom of Cyprus is established by King Richard I - as it happened in real-life - thus providing a point of conquest for this land in Earth II. He quickly sells the island nation to the Knights Templar, as in real-life, and concentrates on the Holy Land. Future crusades, with the exception of one, have not yet been codified. The one that has been is the "Syrian Crusade," which takes place from 1573 to 1579. It is during this crusade that the Empire of Britannia conquers further land in modern-day Lebanon and Syria. It is also during this crusade that Muslim armies conquer the Kingdom of Cyprus and expel the Knights Templar.

Happenings in these areas throughout the next 400 years are loosely defined, ideally to leave this open for further expansion and interaction with other members and their individual histories, especially those in this region.

Cyprus
Cyprus has three, definitive, historical periods in Earth II. From 1191 to 1573, it is the Kingdom of Cyprus, a crusader state ruled by the Knights Templar, who fend off numerous attacks from Muslim armies throughout this nearly 400-year rule. The population makeup of Cyprus settles to approximately a 60-40 split during this time. This period of history is characterized by alternating periods of repression, forced conversion, and tolerance, depending on who sat on the throne in Paphos, the Knights Templar capital. The more repressive periods act as a rallying cry for Muslim strategists in the Levant. By the mid-1500s however, the Knights Templar's rule over the island is shaky, at best, inviting outside invasion.

Beginning in 1571, Muslim invaders from the Levant pour into and attack Cyprus with the aim of establishing Islamic rule over the island nation. It is by this time however that the Crusades are long over and the world's attention to Cyprus is all but forgotten, thus leaving the Knights Templar to fend for themselves. Muslim threats in the Levant are considered a greater and a higher priority for the Empire of Britannia. By 1573, two years into the war, the Knights Templar government is driven back to the walled city of Paphos. However, despite this, the Muslim navies are incapable of successfully blockading Paphos and resupply to the city allows the Knights Templar defenders to resist. Defenses are strong and numerous assaults and sieges are repulsed with ease. Despite this, casualties do mount and the Knights Templar government eventually sees the futility in their defense and in December 1573, a ceasefire is signed on Christmas Eve. Under the terms of the ceasefire, the Knights Templar are free to leave Cyprus unhindered but defeated and the Muslim conquerors agree to complete and total religious tolerance. The Knights Templar also pledge not to interfere with the government, sponsor coups or revolutions, and not to attempt any military takeovers. The terms of the agreement hold until 1880, a remarkably stretch of time. The Muslim population on Cyprus peaks at 69%.

However, by the mid-1800s, Catholics begin to see a population boom, culminating in a 75-25 swing by 1870, with Catholics grossly outnumbering Muslims. Despite this, the 1573 agreement remains intact until King Farooq (32) ascends to the Cypriot throne in 1880. He has little regard for the 1573 agreement and sees it as a hindrance given the population shift in his nation. He begins subtle and limited campaigns of ethnic cleansing and alienation towards the Catholic population. He rules for 32 years, dying in 1912 and handing rule over to his second-eldest son, Sameer rather than Asad, his eldest son. This is chiefly because Sameer shares his father's vitriol for the Catholics whereas Asad does not. Sameer is 47 years old but he only rules until 1925. During this 13-year period, Cyprus is fraught with rising ethnic strife and tension culminating to a condition of near civil war by 1925.

King Sameer is assassinated in 1925 by a member of a secretive Catholic order, known as the Knights of Eternal Salvation, which had been established by the Knights Templar in the wake of their retreat from Cyprus. The KES' entire purpose is to watch over Cyprus and ensure the 1573 agreement is followed. Until now, they have been idle, quiet, and unknown. Sameer's assassination triggers an ethnic war between Catholics and Muslims that lasts until 1932.

It is in 1932 that the Republic of Layarteb finally enters the picture. With the rise of fascism in Italy and Layartebian opposition to this system of government, the Layartebian government orchestrates and assists a coup against the sitting government. It is successful and Cyprus' government becomes a puppet of the Republic of Layarteb. Democracy is established and the island is deemed the Republic of Cyprus. Though the war subsides, tension remains and wounds are slow to heal. The Republic of Layarteb props up the government via funding and arms.

The government in Cyprus however is little more than one strongman after another. There are four such authoritarians between 1932 and 1954. It is during this 22-year period that Cyprus is largely peaceful. The capital remains in Nicosia, which is where the Muslim capital was established. Catholics largely benefit from government policies, whether intentional or not, at the expense of the minority, Muslim population. Nationalism festers on both sides and Catholics begin to compare the modern regime with that of the Knights Templar regime while the Muslims yearn for the days when they ruled the island nation. Poverty rises within the Muslim population, only quickening the spread of nationalist thought. Muslims in Cyprus soon find allies in Egypt and Gaza, who not only provide political support but funding and arms as well. Beginning in 1950, this culminations in rebel Muslim attacks on the government.

From 1954 to 1964, Cyprus is gripped by an emergency period. A coup overthrows the government in April 1954 putting a junta in power. With this, Layartebian troops deploy to Cyprus to help quell the Muslim rebellion. This period is marked largely by counterinsurgency operations of a low-intensity nature. Casualties exceed 6,000 on both sides (including civilians) and the period only ends when Muslim rebels assassinate the sitting general. This kicks off a 15-year period known as the Cyprus Troubles. Retribution attacks by the government leave 2,000 Muslims dead in the wake of the assassination and intercommunal violence between Muslims and Catholics dominates this period. Growing Layartebian involvement in Venezuela and its own domestic struggles means that the Layartebian government can only pay a fraction of attention to Cyprus, enabling and emboldening both sides to attack one another. Militias, out of government control but acting with support of the government, arise to commit atrocities on both sides and mercenaries take part in operations for both sides, and sometimes their own.

By 1978, Cyprus is on the verge of a complete and total, all-out civil war. Layartebian pressure forces a change in government and an end to the junta, elevating a moderate politician seen as an effective way to mitigate the rising tension. The effect is the opposite and the ineffective leadership results in a 6-month civil war lasting from May 5 to October 7, 1979. The war only comes to a conclusion when Layartebian troops on the island act on their own to squash violence on both sides, effectively partitioning the island between Muslim areas in the north and Catholic areas in the central and the south. One-third of the island, the north, is predominantly Muslim. From 1979 to 1982, a state of tension and crisis grips the island nation until a ceasefire agreement is signed in 1982.

The agreement established Cyprus Force (C-FOR), a Layartebian peacekeeping element. The island is partitioned and the Cyprus government moves to Paphos while the Northern Cyprus government remains in Nicosia. Per the agreement, neither side will seek independence or total dominance over the island, mercenaries will be expelled, and arms shipments are limited and must be declared to both parties. There are dozens of other conditions in the agreement. Once again, Cyprus enters a period of tranquility until late 1985 when an assassin kills the sitting, Northern Cypriot President. This only enflames the situation and from September 10, 1985 onward, the day after the assassination, tensions rise between all three parties, leaving us at the start of this thread in late 1991.

Egypt
Egypt undergoes several periods of its own, just like Cyprus. In the year 600, the sitting pharaohs defeat and expel Arabs attempting to move into the country. Beginning in 1346, Egypt sees itself influenced by Britannia, becoming a British colony in 1392. Its status as a colony continues until independence in 1729. Despite this, Britannia remains the dominant force of influence in Egypt.

The Egyptian government exists peacefully and successfully until the 1920s when an attempt to modernize the country's infrastructure leads to state bankruptcy. The changes, too radical and too fast, cast the government into a state of crisis. Between 1943 and 1945, Egypt is ravaged by the Great Influenza, which sees the entire royal family wiped out and a power vacuum in Thebes. The Greek government in Alexandria thus moves to exert its authority over all of Egypt but its success is limited as it lacks the funding, the men, and the power. Furthermore, the Kemets in Thebes oppose the Greek move and Egypt is cast into a state whereby its government is weak and ineffective. The state is thus cast into disarray.

Throughout this however, the Egyptian military remains largely intact, bolstered by support from Britannia. Beginning in the late 1980s, violence between Kemets and Greeks and all other groups begins to rise, throwing the country into further disarray. Jewish populations finally rise up in 1991 in attempt to avoid a return to Kemet-dominated rule, thus throwing the country into a civil war that lasts until 1993.

Gaza
The territory of Gaza shares an old history like other nations. It was established during the First Crusade by the crusaders. In the Second Crusade, the Muslims conquer the small stretch of land. In the Third Crusade, Gaza becomes liberated by the crusaders once again but rather than established as ruled by the crusaders, Gaza is given status as an independent microstate. Its populace, evenly distributed between Catholics and Muslims, are able to coexist and both sides agree to leave Gaza to its own devices. They do this so that they may use the territory as a conduit for nefarious business, whether it be smuggling or other illicit operations. Until the 20th century, Gaza is little more than a nation unto itself, quiet though heavily influenced by its neighbors.

With the collapse of the Egyptian government in the 1940s, Gaza once again returns to its roots and crime flourishes at the expense of the country's residents. The Khouri clan establishes itself as rulers over the city by the mid-1950s and hold this position until the 1990s. The Khouri clan is the largest supporter and enabler of Muslim violence in Cyprus, going so far as to coordinate arms shipments to Cyprus from Yemen via the Sinai. The government, fiercely anti-Layartebian, sees itself as a key influencer and stages the 1985 assassination in Northern Cyprus, thus ushering in the last era of violence to the country.

The Sinai
The Sinai has little history until the 1950s. With the governmental collapse in Thebes and the power struggle between Alexandria and Thebes, the Sinai is virtually left to its own devices. The peninsula becomes divided between a number of factions. Yemeni influence begins in 1969 with the rise of General Touma. By 1972, the Sinai comes under the thumb of town clans, the Touma clan in the south and the Hajjar clan in the north. Both clans agree to peace with one another.

Sharm El Sheik becomes a major conduit for arms flowing from Yemen to Cyprus. The arrangement sees arms shipped from Yemen, up the Red Sea, to Sharm El Sheik, where they are offloaded into trucks. Those trucks are then driven to Arish and further onto Gaza where they are once again put onto boats and shipped to Northern Cyprus. This arrangement continues unabated until the 1982 agreement in Cyprus. It is restarted, illegally and clandestinely, in late 1988.

The Suez Canal Zone
The Suez Canal and the Suez Canal Zone are an integral part of this history. The Suez Canal is built between 1859 and 1869 by the Suez Canal Company, under the leadership of David J. Hart, a wealthy, Layartebian aristocrat. The sitting government in Egypt is given a majority-minority ownership and the Suez Canal Company owns no more than 50% of the canal. Its 12-seat board of directors has six seats for the Suez Canal Company, four for the Egyptian government, and two for the Empire of Britannia. The Suez Canal's contribution to the world is so great that in 1886, the British government bestows the Republic of Layarteb with the Statue of Liberty. The Suez Canal Zone, established in 1869, sees rapid growth thanks to the influence of the canal. Administratively, it falls within the purview of the Suez Canal Company but the government of Egypt has significant say on the matters and is charged with its security.

However, the collapse of the Egyptian government in the 1940s leads to a situation whereby the Egyptian government is forced to sell two of its seats in 1948, one to the Bank of Cairo and the other to the corporation Ostafrikanische Gesellschaft (OAG). The Suez Canal Company further comes under the leadership of Lewis Ross on August 1, 1956 upon the death of his father Arnold. Lewis is hardly capable of running the company effectively and it suffers. By 1964, the Suez Canal Company is on the brink of insolvency and the Suez Canal Company is forced to sell five of its six seats to the multinational conglomerate Manchurian Global. Lewis Ross maintains the single seat but he also remains in control of the Suez Canal Company.

Further problems strike in 1969, when the Egyptian government is forced to sell another one of its two remaining seats to an investment firm, Summit Capital. Things only grow worse and in 1972, the Suez Canal Company board votes 8-4 in favor of allowing Manchurian Global's private military division to provide security for the Suez Canal Zone. This comes after a rash of crimes that the Egyptian authorities are unable and unwilling to stop. By 1980, Summit Capital is forced to inject a sizeable amount of cash into the company, thus gaining a second seat on the now 13-seat board of directors.

The Suez Canal Company flounders for the next 9 years. At the start of the fiscal year in 1989, the Suez Canal Company is facing complete insolvency in 2 to 3 years, partly due to problems of the Egyptian state and partly due to rising maintenance costs and reduced traffic caused by long wait times and congestion. A $2.35 billion expansion is proposed that would almost double the daily capacity from 49 to 97 ships several times over the years but each time it is turned down as too costly. On July 17, 1989, a board meeting sees Manchurian Global once again propose the expansion but, when it is shot down by Lewis Ross, Manchurian Global moves to buyout the company. Three days later, the vote comes 9-4 in favor of the buyout, turning the Suez Canal into a Layartebian-owned entity, though not by the government.

This sets off alarm bells in Britannia and Egypt but on January 2, 1990, at midnight, ownership is transferred to Manchurian Global. The move is controversial and is opposed by the Layartebian government as much as the governments of Egypt and Britannia yet all have little say in the matter as the Suez Canal and the Suez Canal Zone were always owned by a private entity. Egypt lacks the ability to nationalize the canal and thus must accept the situation.



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When we look back, it was so obvious
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Monday, October 14th, 1991 | 21:38 hrs [UTC+2]

Eastern Mediterranean Sea | M/V Aisha Hadad
34° 30' 24" N, 34° 29' 24" E






A
hush of silence fell over the tactical operations center at Akrotiri Air Force Base and General Lance King slapped his hand triumphantly on the table, shattering that silence as he proclaimed, "That's our ship!" They were watching the infrared imagery of a 2,130-ton cargo-container ship drudge through the waters towards Cyprus at eight knots. That imagery was coming from a P-3C Orion that had been forward deployed to Akrotiri as part of a 4-plane detachment to provide anti-surface and anti-submarine defenses against Italian submarines and warships operating near Crete and Cyprus. They were also useful in the surveillance role and this mission was far more rewarding, especially to General King, the commander of C-FOR IV. "That's our ship," he said again before turning to a young specialist not more than a few feet away to say to the young man, "tell the SEALS they have the green light now!"

The specialist nodded and spoke into his headset. Off camera, a squad of SEALS from JSOC was awaiting the authorization to speed up to the ship in their RHIBs and board it. This was the M/V Aisha Hadad and tonight was the result of months of intelligence-gathering, false leads, and misdirection. She was one ship out of thousands operating in the world's oceans and seas but her cargo was specifically what interested the military leadership of C-FOR. It had been long since suspected that the Northern Cypriot military had resumed illegal and clandestine arms shipments, despite the provisions set forth in the 1982 Cyprus Ceasefire Agreement. Now General King was only a short while away from proving not only his suspicions but the suspicions of so many within both C-FOR and the Cypriot government in Paphos, though they were not involved in this operation whatsoever.

The Aisha Hadad had departed from Gaza's main port the previous evening, heading northwards towards Cyprus, presumably to the city of Gazimağusa, the main port for Northern Cyprus. She'd averaged about seven knots but now she was up to eight knots and approximately forty nautical miles from the Cypriot coastline. The SEALS, having deployed from a destroyer assigned to patrol the Eastern Med, quickly overtook the lumbering cargo ship. Two RHIBs, each carrying four SEALS, was piloted rapidly up to each side of the cargo ship and in the night, they were able to approach undetected. Their outboard motors were quiet and the noise of the cargo ship drowned out whatever noise the motors emanated. There, alongside the ship, the SEALS threw their grappling lines, assured by the overhead P-3C that there was no one on deck. From there, the eight SEALS boarded the cargo ship and went to work.

In the TOC at Akrotiri, everyone held silent and professional. Infrared strobe lights marked the eight SEALS as they covered the deck quickly, moving up to the superstructure unopposed. They made entry and from there, the TOC lost imagery. Four SEALS would head below decks to secure the crew and the engine room while the other four went above deck to secure the crew and the bridge. They moved quickly, keeping their suppressed weapons close to themselves in the tight quarters of the ship. The Aisha Hadad had a 13-man crew, including the master and within minutes, without so much as a shot, all thirteen men had been rounded up and the Aisha Hadad captured. The uneventful capture was more than pleasing to General King, who wanted this to go off without a hitch. On the live feed, the vessel began to slow until it finally came to a stop. Several nautical miles behind it, the destroyer turned and began to approach, intending to take the vessel in tow to Crete where it could be properly examined; however, before that could happen, the SEALS needed to ensure that the vessel was carrying illegal cargo. For the SEALS, this is where they had to get creative.

Pulling the masters aside, they put to him to identify which containers were carrying illegal arms but he stonewalled them, as they expected. They asked him again after putting the butt of one of their submachine guns into his abdomen but yet again, he held firm. It was only after they threatened to push him overboard that he revealed the information, at a fine waste of twenty-five minutes. He was even over the side of the ship but he was pulled back onboard and forced to show them the containers, the first of which contained a shipment of twenty Strela-2 anti-aircraft missiles. A second contained KPV heavy machine guns and 14.5-millimeter ammunition. A third contained mortars, RPG-18 rocket launchers, and anti-personnel mines. There were others, of course, but the SEALS needed only this to prove the case. The seizure was therefore legal under the 1982 agreement, which strictly forbade weapons over .50-caliber (12.7-millimeter), anti-aircraft weapons, and mines, amongst other matériel.

General King, upon hearing this, quickly found his way to his office and shut the door for privacy. It was there that he placed his first phone call, which was to his boss, Marisol Gil, the Layartebian representative to Cyprus and thus civilian head of the C-FOR deployment. As it was a peacekeeping deployment, it had a civilian at the top versus a military leader. Most times, the leader was ex-military but Marisol was not as women could not serve in the Layartebian military except in a very limited capacity in very limited postings. Knowing of the mission, Marisol was quick to answer. "Ma'am, we have positive identification of illegal weapons and legal weapons being shipped clandestinely to the north."

"Good!"
She said, "I cannot wait to put this around Munishi's neck and see him squirm." She was referring to Kemal Munishi, a former brigadier in the Northern Cypriot military who'd ascended to President of Northern Cyprus upon the assassination of his predecessor, Sinan Dalgalar. Dalgalar was a statesman and a gentleman, someone who wanted to see a peaceful solution to the Cyprus question. When he was shot by members of a hardline Muslim militia on September 9, 1985, the entire island mourned. Munishi was a hardliner and one who saw no benefit to a peaceful solution with Paphos. He wanted the island either fully under his thumb or, at the least, a two-state island. He refused to cave and cede sovereignty and he had pushed C-FOR's buttons so much that a coup was attempted on July 15, 1986.

That coup was a failure and it only made Munishi stronger. In the wake of the coup, which C-FOR denied, he expelled C-FOR observer units from Northern Cyprus and, in their foolishness, C-FOR conceded, despite the protests from Paphos. Since August 1986, C-FOR had been locked out of Northern Cyprus, forced to travel to and from Dhekelia via one road. Protestors and agitators often blocked the road with human chains, debris, or booby traps in an attempt to hinder C-FOR personnel. Munishi had a way with both words and the camera and when he accused C-FOR of orchestrating the coup, it didn't matter the veracity of the tale, his people believed him. Munishi had, since then, held the 1982 agreement over C-FOR's head and at the slightest injustice, threatened to renege.

Since assuming the position as C-FOR's head on August 1 of this year, General King set a new tone for C-FOR. C-FOR II and C-FOR III had been weak. They'd failed in a coup and ceded authority in the agreement to Nicosia. Deeply suspicious of Munishi and out to prove that Northern Cyprus was already in violation of the 1982 agreement beyond the expulsion of observers, he made it his mission to uncover illegal arms shipments, which his intelligence experts had told him resumed in 1988.

From the 1970s until 1982, Northern Cyprus' Muslim rebels, militia units, and formal units had been receiving arms from Yemen, funneled through the Sinai and Gaza. Supreme Leader Touma, in Yemen, would send the arms via ship to Sharm El Sheik, where members of the Touma clan (unrelated) would offload the weaponry and truck them up to Arish. There, members of the Hajjar clan would truck them into Gaza where members of the Khouri clan, which controlled all of Gaza, would then load them onto a boat for transport to Northern Cyprus. Along the way, everyone got a cut, whether it was a crate of rifles, ammunition, or money. The Sinai was divided in its lawlessness into north and south and the Khouri clan had exerted dominance over Gaza since the 1940s and 1950s.

All of this history swelled in General King's mind as he turned his attention back to the phone. "I'm going to inform Layarteb City."

"Yes, pass on the word. How long until the vessel makes it to Crete?"

"At least five days, maybe six."

"Until then I want to make sure we have investigators combing the ship's logs and containers."

"We are, we're not wasting any time. I have a legal team present. They're going to go over and secure the ship once it's on the tow line. We'll fly the prisoners back here."

"What about a beacon? Does this ship have a beacon? Will the Gazans come looking for it?"

"We're going to disable the beacon, if it's even active. It wasn't running with a beacon active, especially since it was operating illegally. They'll definitely start searching for it ma'am, especially when Munishi's goons call up and ask where their guns are."

"Please tell me we're going to listen in on that conversation."

"I can neither confirm nor deny ma'am."

"Good, I want results! It's good work general but we're not there yet. I want incontrovertible proof that I can lay in front of Munishi and call him out on his nonsense."

"Yes ma'am!"
The general hung up the phone and placed a second call, this time to his ultimate boss, the general of the army. From there, it would flow up the chain of command and to the executive branch where the Emperor and the Special Cabinet would review the information and make a policy decision regarding not only C-FOR mission but also how to handle Northern Cyprus. It was the first step in what would eventually become a major crisis, not only for Cyprus but also for the Empire and for the entire region.



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Wednesday, October 16th, 1991 | 10:00 hrs [UTC+2]

North Nicosia, Northern Cyprus | Presidential Palace
35° 10' 52" N, 33° 21' 34" E






General Lance King and Marisol Gil, along with two aides, sat outside of President Kemal Munishi's office. Sitting on opposite sides of the room, they had coffee tables in front of each of them, which held empty cups of tea and the remnants of eaten snacks such as tissues and wrappers. They had been book for an 09:00 meeting but Munishi was making them wait, not because he was busy but rather as a power move, something both King and Gil were accustomed to and expected. An apologetic secretary in one corner of the anteroom continued to make excuses for her boss: he was on a phone call, he was due to read some classified documents, he was in the bathroom, he was having breakfast with his wife, et cetera, et cetera. She was a good host because while making C-FOR wait was insulting, Munishi refused to be a rude host, in some ironic twist.

The two aides, less accustomed to this waiting, had taken it upon themselves to review some documents that they had brought along. It was all they could do to keep from climbing the walls out of boredom. An hour, tops, is what King and Gil expected to be waiting and it was how long they were left waiting, so seasoned were they with Munishi's behavior and attitude towards C-FOR. On cue, the phone rang at the receptionist's desk and the young woman, who couldn't have been more than twenty-six or twenty-seven, answered, speaking in Turkish. When she put the phone down, she smiled towards the guests and said, "The President is ready. Will you give him two more minutes to appropriately prepare the area?"

"That's fine,"
Marisol said with a diplomat's smile. Sure enough, two minutes later, the doors opened and President Munishi stood there in a very expensive, tailored suit that he'd likely bought recently. It still had the sheen of a new suit.

"General, Madam Gil, my apologies, my apologies," he said as he moved to shake hands. "It has been a truly horrendous morning. Paperwork, phone calls, phone calls, paperwork," he said like a sleazy used car salesman trying to pitch a persona.

"Such is the torment of being an executive," Marisol answered, still a diplomat, always a diplomat. Munishi ushered them in, aware that they were aware of his charade but he didn't care much. He had very specific feelings of hatred towards C-FOR, especially General King who, unlike his last two predecessors, gave off no appearance of being a pushover. C-FOR I had been led by General John Moore, a gruff and bold general who'd spent a lot of years in uniform and who'd seen a lot of nonsense. His tenure ended a little over five weeks before Dalgalar was killed. Dalgalar liked the old general because he felt an honest approach and a sense of equality with the man. Munishi felt him a hindrance to his grand plans.

C-FOR II and C-FOR III were led by pushover generals who'd gotten cozy with the situation quickly. General Marc Rodriguez led C-FOR II and General Randy Albert led C-FOR III. Munishi had pushed them both around relatively easily, especially in the wake of the failed coup against him in July 1986. Having fended off the coup, he moved quickly to bar C-FOR from Northern Cyprus, effectively ending the regular patrols that C-FOR vehicles, infantry, and aircraft made in and over his territory. General Rodriguez, backpedaling from the failed coup that had been entirely sponsored and arranged by C-FOR, felt obliged to give in lest the civil war restart. His successor had little clout, power, or personality to exert C-FOR's dominance on the island, which led to the appointment of General Lance King. If King's two predecessors were pushovers, he was not in any stretch of the word. From the get-go, he was suspicious of Munishi and knew that the man was violating the 1982 agreement in any and every way possible and he set out to prove it.

Having done his homework and deeply critical of his predecessors, General King now had the proof he needed to show that Munishi was in violation of the agreement, that illegal arms imports had resumed, and that Munishi was only buying time before he retriggered the Cypriot Civil War. Munishi was instantly troubled by General King, who was a decorated combat veteran and an officer of the highest caliber. He wasn't bribable and he wasn't going to sit back and relinquish his authority. Munishi had to play this one differently he just wasn't aware how yet. In the few encounters he'd had with the general, he walked away with an uneasy feeling in the pit of his stomach and a bad taste in his mouth. He felt that his reckoning might be coming and he was loathe to acquiesce.

Once inside of the office, Munishi had the doors shut and more refreshments brought out for his guests. For all of his faults, he was an impeccable host but that went with the culture. The five of them took seats around a sitting area in Munishi's spacious and well-adorned office. They were in front of a fireplace but it wasn't lit for the temperature was still just a little too warm for it. The lights were bright and the couches, chairs, and tables around cleaned and sparkling. Moments after they sat down, Munishi was joined by Northern Cyprus' two military leaders, Temel Nadir and General Hasip Eken. Nadir was the defense secretary and Eken the highest-ranking general in the country's small but potent military. They'd been invited because they'd always sat in on C-FOR discussions.

"So," Munishi said in his impeccable English, "what is it that you'd like to address? You called for this meeting with the utmost urgency, which is why you must understand it was difficult to schedule."

"And we appreciate you giving us the time,"
Marisol continued in her diplomatic ways. "There are some improprieties we'd like to bring to your attention."

"Improprieties? Of what nature?"
Munishi feigned surprise. Frankly, the act itself was insulting to the intelligence of his guests but again, that was how he saw them.

"Ever heard of the Aisha Hadad?" General King asked bluntly.

"No, have you?" Munishi turned to his compatriots who shook their heads.

"Well I'm sure you haven't," King continued, "she's a cargo ship that has made a few runs between Gaza and Gazimagusa, always without her beacon working. That's kind of what drew our attention to her, dumb luck if you will. Two days ago, working on credible intelligence, we boarded the ship and discovered quite a treasure trove of weapons."

"That sounds suspicious,"
Munishi said. He now knew why the latest arms shipment hadn't arrived on time. What they'd suspected had in fact happened.

"Very suspicious, which is why we pressed the matter. Here's a photocopy of her manifest and the bills of lading. They're pretty telling, don't you think?" The general's aide handed over the documents to Munishi. They listed the weaponry and showed the destination and the recipient, even going so far as to name Colonel Olcan Yelen as the individual to contact upon arrival. Colonel Yelen was a militia commander in the Gazimagusa area and the individual that Munishi had designated to handle the arms shipments because he was not only a true believer but he knew a thing or two about being discrete, or so Munishi had assumed.

"An elaborate forgery if you ask me. It proves nothing really," Munishi answered, defensively.

"Well we thought that perhaps, that it might very well be a false flag operation. It seems so blatant that it might be. While the crew of the ship was largely unhelpful because what does an engineer or a deck rating know? The master however, he was pretty loquacious about what he was hauling, to whom, and of how many times he'd done this before." In truth, King was now bluffing. The master had yet to talk but he would eventually. He and the rest of his crew were being held in the brig of a naval warship, where Munishi's assassins and double agents couldn't find him.

"What is a man's confession really worth. It is his word and nothing more. He has no proof."

"Manifests were his proof."

"Forgeries,"
Munishi handed the document to his own general. "I don't believe I like the accusatory tones you've brought with you this morning."

"Then let's come to an agreement? Allow C-FOR inspectors back across the buffer zone and open up your armories. If this is a forgery and an elaborate ruse as you suggest then we'll find so rapidly and be on our way back across the buffer zone."

"Out of the question,"
Munishi said with a firm foot on the ground that he used to bolt himself upright into a standing position. "I shall never allow C-FOR troops in this country again for what your predecessors attempted five-and-a-half years ago. Should I be so stupid and so reckless as to allow in the very people who tried to kill me once? Should I not just hand them my door key and the security schedule?"

"General,"
here spoke Nadir, "the return of C-FOR troops is an insufferable request."

"Inspectors, not troops."

"Are inspectors not troops?"

"We have civilian inspectors,"
Marisol answered, "they do not wear the uniform of the military."

"Special forces likely,"
Munishi said with a laugh, "I promise this and only this. C-FOR has been walking a fine line since 15 July 1986 and if you push this matter, I shall be forced to reconsider our agreement. This agreement serves the Empire more than it serves the people of Northern Cyprus. For all I know and it is what I suspect, this entire 'incident' as you call it, is nothing more than an elaborate game being played between Paphos and C-FOR to usurp the sovereignty of the Republic of Northern Cyprus."

The Layartebians stood, having expected this exact counter by Munishi. It was precisely what General King wanted and the tape recorder in his briefcase captured his every word with crystal clear clarity. "It is a shame you feel that way," General King answered and began to make for the door.

"Mister President, we have incontrovertible proof of this. Don't make us press this issue further," Marisol said.

"The agreement will be reviewed if this continues," Munishi further threatened for it was all he had. He knew that the Layartebians wanted to keep the agreement intact, that his counterparts in Paphos wanted the agreement intact, that the agreement itself was the only thing that gave the Empire its authority and that without it, the Empire would be forced to abandon Cyprus. The Layartebians thusly left, leaving Munishi, Nadir, and Eken to brood over not only the loss of a major arms shipment but the discovery of their illicit dealings with Gaza. Sure that the Empire would push the issues, they would spend the rest of the day discussing just how they would react and what strategy they needed to adopt now that the Empire was unlikely to unravel everything, tracing all the way back to Yemen, yet again.

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Saturday, October 19th, 1991 | 10:30 hrs [UTC-5]

Layarteb City, New York | Fortress of Comhghall
40° 41' 28" N, 74° 0' 58" W






Gabrielle Canales rose from behind her desk when General Lance King arrived. Dressed in a black suit with a knee-length skirt and a blazer, she met the general and showed him to a seat. Her black high-heels clicked on the floor as she walked, saying to the general, "They're in a meeting presently but they expect to be done within the next five to ten minutes. Would you like some coffee sir?"

"No thank you ma'am,"
the general said as he leaned back and took note of her lithe body and sheer, black pantyhose as she sat down behind her desk. He was recently divorced, his ex-wife having been unfaithful to him for over nine years, and naturally, being around a beautiful woman elicited some thoughts in his head.

Minutes later, the doors opened and the Emperor welcomed General King in, where the members of the National Security Council were standing at the table. The general was walked over to a specific chair to the right of the Emperor where he sat down along with everyone else. The doors were shut and only then did the meeting begin, on then could it begin. "General, here we are, gathered per your request concerning the present situation in Cyprus. By and large, we've all been read in on the latest happenings but, for everyone's sake, would you please provide a brief summary of that situation?" The Emperor asked.

"Yes sir, I'll begin with Monday. On Monday, C-FOR seized a merchant vessel by the name of Aisha Hadad en route to Northern Cyprus from Gaza. It has been my theory since my arrival at C-FOR that North Cyprus has been receiving arms shipments clandestinely and thus illegally. The 1982 agreement requires that all arms shipments be declared to all three parties and, beyond this, there are some limitations. Weaponry over .50-caliber is banned as are mines and anti-aircraft weaponry. We found on this vessel weaponry that directly violates all of these protocols. Furthermore, we found unauthorized reproductions of our own field manuals on counterinsurgency and guerilla warfare. Further interrogation of the crew, particularly of the master, has revealed that this vessel has made numerous runs to and from Northern Cyprus from Gaza."

"How long have these shipments been going on?"
The Emperor asked.

"Sir it's impossible to say for sure at this time but our consensus is that they have been going on since at least 1988 or 1989."

"Where are they getting the funds for this?"
Dorothy Morgan of Commerce asked.

"Ma'am, they're buying these arms with our funding."

"Come again general, our money?"

"Yes ma'am. We're providing monthly installments for reconstruction. They're siphoning off these funds."

"Who's providing the arms general?"
Marion Bailey of Foreign Affairs asked.

"Yemen via the Sinai and via Gaza sir." Yemen had long-since become the thorn in the Empire's side and it showed on everyone's faces. General King continued from there, "C-FOR, as per the protocols, approached President Munishi concerning our findings. As expected, there was categorical denial, despite the overwhelming evidence and further statements of abandonment from the protocols and the agreement. He's done this before and it's a very telling sign of his deceits."

"Yes he has,"
the Emperor said, "and yet, we need him to remain as part of the protocols. It is crucial that the 1982 agreement be upheld otherwise we're going to face a tremendous crisis on Cyprus again. What do you propose general?"

"Sir, I'm not a man of policy."

"Pretend you are for a moment."

"Yes sir. Well sir, I would like to see a military option against Munishi and the government of Northern Cyprus. We need to remove him from power, remove his government from power, and institute inspections on their arms caches, seizing illegal weaponry, and returning Northern Cyprus to the full and complete requirements of the 1982 agreement."

"I see,"
said the Emperor after a moment's silence. "Munishi has had the upper hand on us for quite some time. After all, our coup attempt in '86 was a failure and for that we've suffered since. Yet we must act cautiously here. Militarily speaking general, are your forces under threat?"

"Not in the immediate sense sir."

"That is something of a relief then,"
the Emperor answered. "Still, we must take this information seriously. What further information can you offer to us?"

"Well sir, Munishi is planning something. I do not have definitive proof but neither did I that they were illegally receiving arms. It is a gut feeling sir, a feeling of a military man. He is planning something sir and it isn't simply self-protection with these arms. They want very specific weaponry and very specific information. One only wants this when they're planning a war."

"Lawrence, I want to see an increase in intelligence-gathering from Northern Cyprus. We need a better picture of what's happening there. Whatever the Ministry of Intelligence needs, they can have it."

"Yes sir,"
Lawrence Dunn of Intelligence answered.

"General, I think you've given us an extraordinary situation to think about and a decision that will not come easily," the Emperor said. "Return to Cyprus and maintain an even hand on the situation. We need to ensure that Munishi continues to stay his course but we must be prepared. If you say there is no imminent danger then time is on our side, whether for a short while or a long while, that is to be determined."

"Yes sir,"
General King said. There would be another twenty minutes of questions and reanalysis of his testimony but by and large that was it. The NSC would not be making a decision just yet because there was far more to be discussed before then.



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Field Agent Lionel Sefton, MI6 Operative
23rd & 16th Street, City of Tenida, Contested Lands of Eygpt (30°31'39.93"N, 28°25'50.86"E)
July 19, 1989; 1345 Hrs [UTC+2]





Lionel grimaced internally as his Land Rover went over the deep pothole with a crash and a thud, the dull throbbing in his head which he had been trying to relieve since getting in the car an hour ago had instead only been worsened by the rough road conditions on the K7 highway that they had originally got on after exiting El-Alamein; the K7 was the primary highway that connected the coastal hub and ports of El-Alamein to the city of Tenida which was fifty kilometers to the southwest near the shores of the Qattara Sea; it was referred to as a connector road of sorts, as it allowed the trade and goods brought from around the globe in the ports of Alexandria or El-Alamein to then be distributed to Tenida, which was in itself a notable manufacturing and services city, usually producing common day needs and goods and then distributing them out to the more then two hundred and eleven minor settlements that lay in or around the Qattara Sea. Those settlements were typically agriculturally based ones, which helped form the nucleus of the historic Egyptian "breadbasket", and would then send their goods to Tenida. The connection was a good, and during normal times the four lanes of K7 would be stressed to handle the traffic, however these were not normal times and the Land Rover had been able to cruise along at the speed of more then eighty kilometers per hour without any impediment and few fellow travelers. Lionel had taken the highway to it's eventual end, which was just inside the Tenida outskirts where it turned into either Katapieí Governate Road, which went north and south and took one through the heart of the city of some three million souls, or one could take the S51 road which would take one to the outlying areas of the city.

After a quick drive through the moderate city traffic on the side roads off of the S51, Lionel eventually found his way to his destination; a former industrial compound with a few warehouses and buildings, which officially was owned by the Ainsworth-Smart Manufacturing, which was on paper a small business headquartered out of England but manufactured in Egypt various industrial components, such as wires, piping, bricks and so on. In reality, the compound here was the in-country station for all Department of Military Intelligence (DMI) operations, or in this case, the particular operation of RED SUN, which was in summary a careful monitoring of the political situation and events in Egypt. The op had originally begun in small earnest in 1985 when the government of Archon Leonidas Michelakos collapsed; originally set up in 1971 when Leonidas had used his considerable wealth, mostly from owning land along the Nile which he rented to various farmers at exorbitant fees, to buy weapons, men and influence so that he seized control of Alexandria, and other major cities along the Nile and it's Delta, thus allowing him to declare himself the nominal ruler of all Egypt, though in reality his control over Memphis and anything south of it was tenuous at best. His death from a heart attack in '85 was precipitated by a massive political upheaval as various actors across Egypt who were displeased under Leonidas's "strong arm" and authoritarian rule rose up to gain power for themselves in the vacuum; nearly all the state agencies that Leonidas had set up collapsed without his wealth or influence to back him and without a clear succession the defense among his loyalists was scattered to say the least. Strategoi Aikaterini Kokkinos, a middle-aged fiery commander who had risen her way through the ranks of the troubled Egyptian Army managed to gather together support and united the military in defending the Michelakos government, or what was left of it. By '87, no clear successor to the government had been given so Kokkinos gave it to herself and two other Strategoi, Gianni Iordanou and Vangelis Antoniou who were the de facto heads of the Naval Forces and Air Forces respectively. Most of the violence at this point had evolved into a insurgency being led by mostly ethnic Egyptian Kemets, the modern-day evolution of the historic Egyptian religion. They have long, historic grudges against the ethnic Greeks in the country who typically reside in the northern parts of Egypt and the Nile Delta while Egyptians typically reside in the central and southern regions; they blame their historic troubles on the Greeks, particularly those of Alexandria, and blame them for the reason the Pharaohs fell to the crusaders in the 11th century. While these tensions had been worked on during British rule, and during Egypt's re-independence in the 18th century, they rose to historic flare ups during the lawlessness that emerged from the 1940s, mostly because the Greeks where able to control the cities of El-Alamein, Alexandria, Victoire (called Mansoura by the Egyptians), and other major cities on the northern coast and Nile which afforded the Greeks all the wealth, and thus the ability to influence Egypt the most. The most united the Egyptians had ever come post-1940 was when Djethaha, the the chief priest of the Ra cult at Thebes, managed to rally the city of Thebes and surrounding regions on the back of religious fervor sparked by his and others fiery preaching about reclaiming their nation from the "heathens", all around 1968. He was mysteriously killed in 1970, and to this day remains unsolved and although it triggered a wave of unrest, it helped settle the southern regions and set the conditions to led to the rise of the northern government.

The Kemetic insurgency facing Kokkinos's government in '87 was based on the same religious radicalism and fervor of Djethaha's preachings from the decade prior, but this time were much more militant; it is believed they begun as a gang and then transformed from a national level crime sydnicate to a full on insurgency. By 1990, they had rose in open rebellion in the Middle Egyptian provincial capital of Hermapolis, and seized control after weeks of violence, and then repeated their success when they took the city of Minya nearby. They continued to conquer swathes of Middle Egypt culminating in a clash with the pro-government Egyptian Armed Forces near the city of Thebes; it involved two of the four field divisions of the Army, and a small presence from the Air Force. Despite having more then parity in numbers, and equipment, the Kemetics won in great victory, though losing hundreds of their own they inflicted worse losses on the Army and seized control of Thebes, which was a major blow in of itself for the government. However, their success had further consequences that further inflamed the tensions, when in the following year a Jewish uprising took place in Giza, which had the highest concentration of Jews in Egypt who were afraid that the Kemetics would succeed in gaining control of Egypt and then repress them, as they had historically in the past. This uprising evolved the situation into a full-blown civil war, and it was here that MI increased their operation to fully survey the entire situation, infiltrate all three sides to gain as much information as possible and keep an appraisal. Their goal wasn't, at the time, to exploit the situation, more of just a "curious bystander" mode, however recent events necessitated a change in their mission, hence Lionel's travel from his own business in Cairo and Alexandria, to the station here in Tenida.

A meeting had been called between the various actors in the RED SUN mission, and it was to take place in the hardened briefing room, called the Black Room. It was situation on the top floor of the three-floor office building inside the compound, its windows removed and replaced with a solid material. Alterations had been done when MI acquired the site that added jamming devices, soundproofing and other passive and active defenses. Exterior there was not too much security however once inside, Lionel like others had to go through the front desk, a security sweep and verifying of credentials and then escorted by armed MI4 security officers into the briefing room; the room was configured with six rows of simple chairs facing towards the southern wall, which had a large display capable of holding a projected image or one fed from a connected computer and it currently was displaying a large map of Egypt with various markers denoting accumulated information, regions of control for the various factions, etc.

Lionel noted that several of his colleagues were already present, as was Station Chief Victor Hopper who was perusing a laptop on as desk off to the side, and he took a seat in the front row, next to a colleague he knew as Elaine Hirschel, a cartography and linguist specialist from MI3 which had been assisting them in recent months. He made a quick nod and greeting which was curtly returned and he reached into his worn leather field jacket to retrieve a battered memo pad and pen, opening it up to roughly a quarter of the way through which held a page containing notes and information collected during his most recent metup with an in-field asset, a Egyptian gangster in Memphis named Neferka who had recently expanded his gang in size and equipment thanks to Lionel's help in terms of funding and gear; in turn, they were "men for hire" for the MI operation and helped, unknowingly, gather information from the nearby regions to pass onto Lionel, who in turn vetted the information and then gathered it to report it up the chain.

Within ten minutes, three others joined the briefing room, bringing the total to seven not including Lionel and he knew that meant all mission directors were present; due to the size of RED SUN and it's scope, the various operations that helped achieve the mission goal were broken down into sections, each overseen by a mission director, of which Lionel was one. In his case, he was a team of 1, as all others he worked with in the field where either unknowing assets, meaning they were oblivious to the fact that he was an MI agent, or placed logistics agents. To ensure security, other teams were kept in the dark about each other, and this was the first time all year that all of the MD's were meeting up, which meant something major was about to happen. Hopper turned down the lights and greeted everyone in a broad way "Good afternoon everyone, thank you for making it in today on such short notice, but there have been some recent developments that are going to have a major impact on our operation, and our mission goal. Firstly, let me introduce the floor so to speak to Lewis Savage, a Senior FA with MI6 who is leading our Infil Team in the Kokkinos ZCs (Zones of Control). "

A shorter man with a tan that would make some think he was of Mediterranean descent wearing a simple red button up and khaki pants rose from his chair in the second row and walked up to the front near the screen and clicked a few buttons on the clicker that Hopper handed him, bringing up images of memos, and official documents. "As the Chief mentioned, thank you for coming. I'll keep this brief and to the point, as we have alot of ground to cover and not much time. As the Chief mentioned, I'm the Mission Director for our Infil Team, with approximately two dozen MI6 FA's in the field and a further two dozen assets in place which assist us in our objectives and work. At approximately 1600 hours local time on the 17th, two days ago, one of my field agents, whom we shall call 'Vice', was contacted by a developed asset who is an administrative employee of the Suez Canal Company. This asset informed Vice that earlier that day, the Board of the SCC had a meeting and attending this meeting was, of importance, David Ferrari who some of you may know as the Chairman and CEO of Manchurian Global. Evidently, the company's finances and lack of success there was a topic of great discussion and Mr. Ferrari once again proposed expansion of the canal, which current controlling members, namely Lewis Ross, heavily oppose. Furthermore, and of most importance here, Ferrari has managed to secure an alliance with fellow board members of all but our British representative, Mr. Ross and the Egyptians and has called for a total buyout of the company by Manchurian, which will take place tomorrow morning, per our asset's intelligence. "

A few murmurs went around the room; Manchurian was long suspected of being involved with the Layartebian government, and even though said government had prosecuted Manchurian in the past and even gone after it's mercenary services there were many in the British government and intelligence fields who believed it was all an elaborate smoke-screening attempt to give the Empire an globally spanning powerful conglomerate through which the Empire of Layarteb could, indirectly, influence control and power; naturally the Layartebians denied that, but that didn't prevent much. If Manchurian bought out the canal, and gained control of it, the Empire of Layarteb, or at least one of if not it's most powerful company would now control one of the most strategic waterways in the world. Such a development was major, to say the least.

Savage continued "It took a day for Vice and others to verify and collaborate this information, but we were able to receive confirmation of it, and by all indications, Ferrari will have more then enough votes to secure the buyout; by our expectations, only Mr.Ross and ourselves will stand to oppose, we anticipate some form of financial 'compensation' to be issued to the Egyptian government to ensure their non-interference. Furthermore, our colleagues back home have also gathered information from within Manchurian, specifically it's "non-affiliated business partner" ASP, that following Manchurian AG's acquisition of the canal, they will install a significant 'security force' inside the SCZ."

Savage finished his presentation and retook his seat without further comment, leaving minds thinking and processing as Chief Hopper retook the stage and continued the briefing "As SFA Savage has briefed us on this major development, it represents an significant evolution in our mission. Following our acquisition and confirmation of this intelligence, it was fed up to the top of the DMI leadership chain and suffice to say, the higher-ups back home both within DMI and without, those briefed at least, are significantly worried about the Layartebians trying to interfere in Egyptian affairs. Our operatives within the Kokkinos government have indicated they feel similarly and view it as an act of provocation, though they are in denial that the buyout will happen. Despite their setback at Thebes a few years ago, a significant portion of the Egyptian military is still operational and we believe they may move to act against Layarteb, or perhaps make a strong push to finally end the civil war. Either way, it has been assessed that the buyout will significantly increase tensions within the region, and elevate them to new levels. To this end, the Department and our government have decided to change RED SUN from passive, to active in nature."

"What this will mean is a significant alteration in our operations; we have collected a significant amount of data and intelligence in the past six years, and now we will put this information to use. Furthermore, the military will be deploying assets in theater in precipitation of a wider military operation, whose eventual goal will be the re-acquisition of the totality of Egypt. The information we have gathered so far and will continue to gather will be used to help them in this effort, and we will also aim to give support in other means as well. This will not be an easy task, as despite the last few decades of turmoil the arms sales that our government made with the Egyptians in recent memory have given their armed forces a respectable amount of equipment, and they are not ill-trained. At present time, we know that the Egyptian Army contains four active, field divisions which are mainly a mixture of motorized/mechanized infantry where they have available vehicles and equipment. 1 and 2 Division where the ones that were at the Battle of Thebes and took significant losses, from our estimates anywhere between a quarter to half of their manpower, supplies and vehicles. 3 and 4 Division have continued the "anti-insurgency" fight, with Third being mostly deployed outside Memphis to try and contain the border as it were, while 4 Division is split up and spread across the Nile Delta. We anticipate that with the buyout, per intelligence from our contacts inside the Egyptian military, that the Army will redeploy the majority of 4 Division to the Sinai border, and will aim to re-arm/supply 1 and 2 Division through conscription and increased/rushed training. Their Air Force is not of unimportant, with our current intelligence suggesting that they have approximately two squadrons worth of Jaguar attack aircraft, which were originally sold to them in 19723 when a pro-Empire government was in power and we were attempting to build further influence with them. They are among the most well maintained and airworthy airframes the EAF possesses, alongside these they also have approximately thirty or fifty Eiffel-Chirac Mirage III's. They were originally numbered 65, per the sales agreement between OMA and the Egyptian government in 1968, however we believe a number were cannibalized for parts within recent years. Their worthiness and condition are currently speculative at best, however we are aware that they have significantly depleted fuel reserves and as such most of the Air Force has been grounded for a significant time period and, in the event of open hostilities, we do not anticipate them being able to sortie many of their craft. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, there is the Navy which is the most competent branch of their military. In a major diplomatic win for themselves, they managed to negotiate a major arms deal with our government in '71 and then again in '75, which saw them purchase a good number of warships. Furthermore, their domestic capabilities are not to be ignored and despite the shortcoming of funding in recent decade or so, they have maintained a good condition on most vessels. At present time, a majority of their forces is focused around the ex-Rhodes, which was sold to the Egyptians in 1970 and commissioned in their service as the Ra. Despite it's advanced age due to it being the second Malta-class CV which was commissioned in 1954, the terms of sale that were negotiated mandated it received a refit before it was delivered to Alexandria and was thus in reasonably good condition, which they have more or less maintained. Gathered information indicates that at present time, the Egyptians have an air-wing consisting of 10 Étendard IV's, of which 8 are airworthy, and a further 15 domestically refitted Phantoms, of which all but 3 are airworthy. Assigned to the Ra are five domestically designed and built destroyers, designated the Ati-class missile destroyers. They are capable, if dated, vessels weighing a little over 7,000 tons. Their primary armament, and thus the main threat to any of our naval forces, is a moderate-range arm-launched SAM which is comparable to a modern Seacat, though it's reliably is unknown to us. The missile is also capable of being switched into a ASHM-capability, though we know from internal EN documents that in testing it performed less then satisfactory. Finally, the source of most of their numbers is the Sávra-class frigates, which are also domestically built but are very comparable to our Type 21 frigates though are double it's size. It is believed it was influenced by our own designs, thanks to information stolen through corporate espionage on the Egyptian's behalf. Their greatest threat is their speed, which is high for it's weight, and the fact they are Exocet missile-armed, with our reports indicating each frigate contains six to eight of these missiles. They built about fourteen of these vessels, though only ten are currently seaworthy; the other four are in various conditions of disrepair in the dockyards at Alexandria. "

" Their Navy is the main barrier to a successful, low-damage military operation and thus our new main target will be assisting in giving the Royal Navy a leg up in any conflict. Normally, we would seek to assemble and execute a EXA (Extinguish of Assets) operation, however, the Department currently assesses that tensions are too high currently and security around the naval base and yards in Alexandria in particular are too tight for us to be able to perform such an action without significant risk, or being uncovered, which is to be avoided at all costs. Therefore, we aim to reduce their available supplies as much as possible. There exists a naval fuel storage site outside of El-Alamein that while not major, it's destruction would limit the amount of ships they are able to sortie out all at once. Currently, they have three Sávra-class frigates which are sortied in the Alexandria Canyon which we are attempting to gain further information on, namely their mission objective. Back on topic, if we can eliminate this fuel depot, it will prevent them from sallying one of their frigate groups which is in western Egypt, of which is about 5 of their frigates which will significantly reduce their available naval firepower. SFA Savage will coordinate this mission, and will be assisted by Commandos from 1 Commando, 1 Bat, A Company which will arrive in theater in 72 hours and will RV here. Savage, here's the details on that."

Hopper stopped to hand a thick vanilla packet to the agent in question, who nodded as he took it and opened it up, reviewing the documents in question as Hopper returned to the front and continued his briefing. "In line with that task, we also seek to undercut any remaining ability they possess to field their Air Force. The deployment of air assets is a major boost to any military and our ability to nullify it will significantly give our forces an advantage. We have conducted surveillance on a few airfields in the northern Egypt regions, however we need to go deeper. FA Sefton, this will be your priority. Due to the importance, as gleaned from the assistance with SFA Savage, IRWARCOM and SEMUCOM will be slowly moving assets into the field to assist us in our missions. GHOST 1 will be arriving in theater within 48 hours, and will be tasked with you Sefton. Initial targets will be to recon and assess the EAF airfields at El-Alamein, as well as the one due west of Memphis. GHOST 2 will be assisting FA Hughes with assessing and acting against the western airfields and other SAS assets will be available to us. Our initial timetable for this first stage is 90 hours from tomorrow's beginning, further updates will be coming as we collect more information and watch how the situation unfolds here in theater."
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Field Agent Lionel Sefton, MI6 Operative
Abandoned Apartment Building (Lower Floor), Town of Deir El-Gil, Contested Lands of Eygpt (30°45'11.21"N, 27° 4'12.92"E)
July 21, 1989; 0245 Hrs [UTC+2]




" I wonder where they are" Lionel thought to himself as he slowly paced the dirt-covered tile floor, it's previous black and red color barely visible under the dirt and sand, and tried to avoid checking the black watch on his wrist for the fifth time in ten minutes. The fact that his contact was late was unnerving him slightly; assets he or another had developed being tardy was a normality, especially in a country where rough terrain and unpredictable weather turns were a common occurrence. But military asset being late? That was highly unusual, specifically because the risk of being caught and what those consequences meant as so high, and why undoubtedly uncountable hours of planning had gone into arranging this meet up, even though he had only gotten the orders nine hours prior. In line with his new project that Chief Hopper had handed him almost two days prior, he had started working on being able to conduct some light reconnaissance on the two airfields that Hopper had pointed out, the one near El-Alamein and the one that was just south of the town he was currently in, Deir El-Gil. He had used some operational funds to buy a business license in Tenida, paying the man a few extra pounds to ensure 'processing' occurred within a week, and then used a connection he had with a local junkyard and mechanic and found himself in possession of three Bedford S heavy trucks and a light truck who as far as he could tell was either a Unimog or ACMAT; it was hard to tell through all the rust and grime. For a little less then two hundred pounds, he had a simple blue paint slapped on them and suddenly he had all the appearances he needed for him to be a proper standing business owner who hauled goods from around the Sea and then to Tenida for sale; never mind none of his trucks actually had fuel or ran, they just sat in at an abandoned office building that Lionel "bought". The standing gave him reason to use his Land Rover to drive to these airfields and examine them, without getting too close, and to ask a few benign questions to the locals. The El-Alamein airfield he had very little success with, it was a military airfield and although they allowed civilians to use the strip and facilities it required you to give them a substantial cut of your profits, and would not let you anywhere near it unless you had the proper paperwork. However, he had managed to get a few glimpses of the hangars and hidden behind near-derelict civilian planes, he saw what he believed to be some of the Jaguars in the EAF's inventory.

However, here at Deir El-Gil, he had considerably more luck. It was a thoroughly civilian-run affair, it was owned by a tall, old man who called himself Ahmose; he also ran the "air control tower", but after surveying the strip and facilities for a day and quietly asking around the town, Ahmose's airfield got very little business. It was unsurprising, being this close to the Libyan desert meant dust-storms blew over, or thunderstorms that accumulated near Alexandria and then grew more powerful after passing over Qattara then dumped their rain here; while it meant for more fertile ground, it also meant for heavy wins, wind and hard to predict visibility - all the makings of bad terrain to try to conduct air travel. It was safer, and cheaper, to just haul goods via trucks to Tenida, rather then risking it in a plane to fly it to Alexandria or other major cities. The strip had three hangars, however the third was collapsed and unused and the other two had small propeller aircraft inside of questionable condition. The airfield also had the central tower, which was less of a tower and more of a three-story brick building with a raised unit on the top that served as ATC; the second floor was ostensibly meant for office space and living facilities, and the lower floor had a small lobby and kitchen area but given the state of the rest of the airfield, he doubted they were in much better condition. Overall, he concluded this airfield would be ideal for their mission objective and communicated as such to Hopper back at the station, which was when he had received orders he would be linking up with the GHOST team that Hopper had mentioned on the 19th and moving from there. He only hoped he wouldn't have to wait too much longer.

After fifteen minutes, just a little after 3:10 in the morning Lionel was beginning to wonder if he should use his sat-phone to try and communicate with the station but he heard the sound of feet approaching the door. He carefully moved to a kitchen counter and got behind, opening up what had been a door to a dishwasher and instead was now empty, save for an MP5 he had stored there earlier and retrieved it, making sure it was loaded and set it carefully on the counter. He heard a sharp knock on the door, then followed by two more and per the mission protocol called out "Indigo?"

A gruff Cornish accent replied with "Holly."

Lionel breathed a sigh of relief and within a moment the solid metal door opened and soon soldiers began walking in the door, their NVG (night vision goggles) apparently obvious as to who they were, despite the fact they wore no flag on their sleeve as any other member of the British military and lacked any nametapes or rank symbols. It didn't take long before twelve men were now in the lobby, casually taking a knee or leaning against the wall, the last one in closing the door before moving to the counter Lionel had now moved from out behind of. Lionel nodded "I take it you all are GHOST."

"If we weren't, pretty sure you'd be dead."

"More then likely. FA Sefton."

Lionel extended his hand for a shake, which the man quickly took "Pleasure Sefton, you can call me Major. The tall one with the blonde hair and stubble is Lieutenant, we'll be the two you're talking to for most of this work. Now, I was told you had some intelligence for us."

Lionel nodded "Indeed. As far as I've been briefed, your team and myself are to work together to conduct reconnaissance on a number of airfields in the nearby locality, two to be specific. The one at the city of El-Alamein and the one in this town here. I've set up a fake hauling company and acquired a few mostly useless old Bedford trucks to maintain appearances and used them as a cloak to mask my movements between and around the airfields. El-Alamein's was too guarded for me to get close to or to get much out of it. It's a military installation with a adequate guard presence at the two gates that fed into it, as well as around the perimeter fencing or at least along the parts that border the city directly. Talked with a few locals and discovered that the military runs a scam-op out of the field; they'll let civilians use the strip and its facilities, but only if they give them a substantial cut of whatever money or profit they're getting. They have quite a few civilian airframes on the field, all of varying condition but I'm reasonably certain I managed to spy at least three Jaguar attackers in one of the hangars; it was the only hangar with it's doors open and stands to reason that more may be there. None of the hangars were collapsed, though rust and wear is evident along the exterior."

"However, here in this town, much more luck. Airfield is particularly unused, it's owned and operated by an old local named Ahmose, and locals told me it's been almost a month since they've seen someone use the strip, and it was two months before that one. Has three hangars, one of which has collapsed and the other two have what I'm certain are just prop hulks sitting in them. He's hired two local thugs to act as "security", but really they're about as useful as wood planking. One stands at the gate with a Lanchester SMG, while the other is usually walking around the control building, the refueling pump that is about three hundred meters north of it, or the hangars, usually with some long rifle I can't identify, but it's clearly old. Around the airfield itself, the town doesn't get too close to it, nearest buildings are about 200 meters from the perimeter."

The Major nodded and then questioned Lionel "Sounds easy enough."

Lionel nodded "What exactly is our goal here Major?"

The Major briefly looked at the Lieutenant and then back at Lionel before he answered "Well, while we were in flight here, seems Command had a change of heart on how to proceed. We're to seize the airfield and try to keep it as incognito as possible for a slow build-up of assets in theater. I presume your superiors here briefed you on our command's involvement in this theater, well, to get everyone here and the proper supplies, it's a little hard to do that at current standings. The closest British base is Ramon, but that's way too close to the Sinai and anything more then a handful of aircraft would raise suspicions and get detected. The Egyptians only have a 1 radar site, and this airfield sits outside of it's capable range, assuming it's even operating at peak efficiency which given the state of this country and what I've read in briefs, I'm skeptical to say the least. So, we take control of this airfield, and then we can slowly build up our operations."

"And just how do we keep the locals in the blind?"

"We're more or less just counting on the lack of an Egyptian presence. I've been briefed on RED SUN's general painting of the Egyptian landscape, seems they have relatively 0 presence this side of Qattara."

"That is true. Government funded police are a rarity outside of the big metropolis and the locals mostly fend for themselves. A few places here and in the southern nomes have medjay still, but I doubt they'll interfere. However, I doubt it won't be long before someone says something when you got huge military airlifters coming and going."

The Major smirked "That's more or less already known, but once the airlifters finish the job, we will have a full light infantry regiment on our hands."

Lionel looked puzzled and the Major smirked "I guess DMI didn't brief you on that part. RED SUN is going hot real quick; The Durham Light Infantry has been on QRF-status since the 17th and will be airlifted in here from JFB Ramon, moving across the Red Sea and Sinai, south of Memphis and then across Qattara here. The RAF has devoted an entire Expeditionary Air Group which around a hundred C-130's and plans to have the entire regiment on the ground in 120-140 hours. However, once the first three battalions are in place, they're making a move on El-Alamein, which will hopefully be under the cover of night on the 24th, or the early morning of the 25th and will be supported by the H.M.S. Hermes and her battle group. "

Lionel frowned "That will be some accomplishment to pull off. Doesn't the EN have three frigates out at sea though? Surely they'll detect the Hermes's group."

"The Hermes and her group will be closer to the Libyan coast and Crete, then to Alexandria. Our latest intelligence indicates the three Egyptian frigates are between the Sinai and Israel, which puts them far out of detection range to pick up the Hermes. The goal of this is to shock-and-awe seize El-Alamein which will give us a friendly port, and also another airfield on which to land troops. At this time, other elements of the Durham Light Infantry will move Marsa Mutrah, El Dabra and solidify and hold a line until other elements of the 14th Division can be brought into play. "

Lionel nodded "Well then, shall we get the ball rolling?"

The Major nodded "We commandeered a truck on the way here, that was our delay on the agreed timetable. We can use it to move through the town covertly, pull up to the airfield and quickly seize control. I noticed the SMG, you ready to rock with us?"

Lionel nodded "Lead the way."


Major Christian Nicolson
JFB 'Beetle', Town of Deir El-Gil, Contested Lands of Eygpt (30°45'11.21"N, 27° 4'12.92"E)
July 24, 1989; 1945 Hrs [UTC+2]






"Major, the Lieutenant Colonel has called a briefing for all 1st BAT CO's, he's doing it outside, I can show you where."

Christian slowly blinked his eyes a few times, trying to shrug off the weariness that enveloped his body; the flight from Corsica to Israel had been long, and he had unsuccessfully tried to sleep on both that flight and the one that got him here; he was pleasantly surprised when he looked at his watch to see he had managed to grab two hours of sleep, especially with the non-stop noise of Hercules C.3's constantly arriving and departing, and the general noise of an entire regiment unloading, organizing and establishing itself. He pulled himself up from the wooden bench he had been stretched out on on the lower floor of the central building here at the airfield and sat up, briefly looking at the young Lance Corporal in front of him. "Alright, let's get at it then."

The Lance Corporal made a move for the door, and Christian went to follow up, picking up his L51 rifle and slinging it across his right shoulder and followed the man out the door, though it took a few moments as dozens of people were coming and going, most carrying crates of varying sizes, everyone rushing to meet their operational timetable. The corporal eventually led Christian about forty meters away from the building, where someone had erected a desert pattern camo net, along with a collapsible table, a collection of similar chairs and a map of their AO with various markings on it that Christian was sure would be explained momentarily. He noticed the five other company commanders within his battalion, 1st Battalion, were already seated and he took a seat as well, settling in the third row. Their battalion commanding officer, a rather tall woman by the name of Elnora D'aramitz was already at the front ready to begin the briefing and once she noticed Christian sitting down she cleared her throat and began, having to raise her voice significantly due to all the ambient noise around them. "Good evening gentlemen, thank you all for coming so quickly, I'll try to keep this just as brief. Colonel Royce and his staff have assessed our strength and readiness after four days of airlifting and such, and have determined that the regiment is ready to be begin the first phase of PINK FALCON. Now, due to some mishaps in the airlifting process, we've had to amend our execution of our goals significantly from what we discussed back in JFB Ramon, so listen up. We will not be, initially, proceeding to El-Alamein with ourselves, 2nd and 3rd battalions; there was a mix-up and 3rd has only very partially transported over, approximately two platoons worth which is clearly not enough for this part of the operation, so the Colonel has decided they will instead be used to secure and establish ourselves here at this base. However, a full company from 4th Battalion somehow made it over, specifically their company that is based around the FV101's and FV102's, which is significant because it will ensure should we encounter any form of air or armored assets, they will be able to effectively neutralize them. That being said, they will be driving over, while the rest of us will be using helicopters, specifically Chinook HC.2, the last of them was refuel about an hour ago and are standing by to take us. Now, we only have twelve of them which makes they can only take six hundred and sixty of us at a time, requiring three trips to fully transport the entirety of 1 BAT and 2 BAT, of which we estimate will take 7 hours. Departure of the first flight will occur at 2200 hrs, and we will land at a pre-marked LZ, hereby called LZ Shack, which is approximately 6 kilometers from the outskirts of the city. We will then progress on front into the city, eventually linking up with the 4 BAT elements at approximately 3 kilometers from the city outskirts, here at RV Beet. The vehicles of 4 BAT will proceed westward around the outskirts of the city, mostly scouting for enemy armor and remaining on station for direct fire support. We will have L118 support as well, though ROE has forbidden us from expressly shelling inside the city, and we need to capture the airfield intact. Our main objective is this walled off compound here, just south of the airfield, which will be home to most of the garrison and any potential defenders. Our first and second company will advance straight on and breech the southern wall, while third and fourth advance left and fifth and sixth advance right, if they attempt to flee to the airfield we will hopefully have seized the compound by that point and will be in a position to fire directly on them, and the airfield. 2nd BAT will be securing the city itself, so we'll have the airfield to ourselves, though as mentioned before, the vehicle contingency from 4 BAT will remain on station to assist where needed, and we will have artillery support. Go and brief your NCOs and get the men assembled over at the in-situ parking on the west side of the landing strip near the far end, we're on a time crunch on this one ladies."

The next hour or so for Christian was mostly spent gathering the NCO's of his platoons and briefing them on the idea and situation as well as to which platoon would be going in which helicopter and such, and then ensuring they passed the information necessary to the squadron level. Mustering the men took less time then anticipated, and all twelve Chinooks laden with more then six hundred members of the regiment's first battalion were in the air and flying towards their landing zone by 2230. The Chinooks were spaced out per standard safety and formation, though they flew with no escort as there was no none SAM or air defenses in the region; in fact, the only ones in the entire theater that intelligence had found were at Alexandria's own airport. Christian adjusted the weight of his webbing slightly, the DPM-colored gear moving as he shifted in his spot at the back of the helicopter, near the ramp. Across from him sat his company command sergeant who would direct in the unloading and then from there they would begin the operation; Christian was trying to not let his nerves get the better of him, but it was the first combat deployment for him and the thoughts of how he was going to effectively ensure his men performed the best and died the least weighed heavily on his mind. Never the less, he cleared his thoughts and noticed his company radio man, who was seated next to him, tapping him on the shoulder. Christian nodded and moved his ear next to the man's head so he could hear him over the roar of the Chinook's engines and propeller "Major, Colonel D'aramitz radioed in, Colonel Royce is going to have commence an artillery barrage once we are all landed."

Christian nodded and then resumed his prior position, patiently waiting; fifteen more minutes until the Chinooks reached their LZ, four landing at a time to ensure proper spacing and so the group wasn't bunched up, the others holding in a pattern above the LZ. Unfortunately, the monotony of the evening and prior events ended here, as Christian was patiently waiting for his helicopter to land there was an ear-ripping explosion that punctured the previously silent night sky, and Christian got a glimpse of a massive fireball through the small porthole across the way, partially obscured by the man sitting in front of it. He could hear the controlled chaos through his radio and switched to the helicopter's internal comms, contacting the pilots as he felt the large aircraft veer and turn, the sound of it's chaff dispensing audible to him. "Pilot, this is Major Nichols, what's going on?"

"Sir, medium-range SAM just took Osprey 1 down, status unknown. I'm diverting us south and putting us down, unsure of the other birds."

Christian paused to think for a moment; Osprey 1 was the command Chinook, Colonel D'aramitz had been on board as well as the command platoon for the entire battalion. "Pilot, get word to the remaining Chinooks in the air, have them move to a LZ one klick south and put us down."

The pilot replied in an affirmative and Christian tapped his radio man "Try to get on the airwaves and find Major Ashworth."

Major Ashworth was the commanding officer of the first company, and per Army protocol the third in command, behind the Colonel and her executive officer of which both had been on Osprey 1. He didn't know the status of the helicopter, if it had been recovered from the hit or destroyed on impact but he knew he needed to get his birds out of the air and the men offloaded with an unknown SAM threat now clearly present. It didn't take long for the remaining birds to make the correction and soon all were landed at Christian's designated spot, the troops offloading as quickly as possible into the dust-storm being kicked up by the Chinooks rotors, and the proximity of the sheer number of them. Within ten minutes, they had all been offloaded and clear of the helicopters, the remaining seven large helicopters now returning to base to retrieve more of the regiment, a mission now extended by the loss of such a vital asset. The men formed up into columns and began quick-timing back to the original LZ, Christian moving at the front of the first column, the company's mortar platoon with him as well as his radio man, who began talking to him halfway to the original LZ, he had been trying to get information on the situation there before Christian's direction "Sir, I couldn't get in touch with Ashworth but I got a hold of Major Power, CO for third company. She's gotten all of first company plus her's in third organized at the original LZ and she sent a fireteam to find the downed Chinook. They found it six hundred meters to the west of the LZ, it disintegrated on the ground evidently destroyed by the impact in air of whatever hit it. No survivors."

Christian swore to himself - losing the Battalion CO, XO, and command platoon as well as the CO of the first company was a disaster - they shouldn't have all been grouped together on the single helicopter, but that particular protocol had been overlooked due to the speed at which the Army was trying to execute this mission; now look at the consequence. Christian asked for the radio channel for the company net and dialed it into his own personal radio and then began speaking "Attention all, this is Major Nicolson of second company; per ASO 12.1, I'm assuming command of the battalion in the light of the loss of Osprey 1. Major Powers, have your XO assume command over what's left of first company and establish a perimeter two hundred meters off of the LZ, we'll wait for the second wave of transport before we begin maneuvering."

He then turned to his radio man "Get me regimental command, I need to inform them."

It took a few moments, but once on the air, Nicolson informed Colonel Royce of the loss of the helicopter, and those on board. He was unable to infer as to the Colonel's reaction to the bad news, aside from the obvious venom in his voice when he indicated he was going to begin shelling the compound, and sure enough by the time Nicolson was able to link up with the rest of the battalion at the original landing zone, they could hear the sound of the 105mm shells impacting at the compound, which was a little over two kilometers north of their current position. He gathered the two other officers and indicated he intended to proceed as per the original plan, and he would establish himself with the mortar plan three hundred meters short of the compound so as to supply mortar fire and being able to direct the whole operation. Within twenty minutes while waiting for the next wave to arrive, he had a squad attend to the crashed Chinook and confirm all 55 of it's passengers were KIA; by the time they returned, the rest of the battalion had been landed at the landing zone, along with some Land Rovers with Tarden's attached to them. He had the battalion get into position, the companies assigned to flanking moving out to either flank while first and second remained in the center, establishing a position; the terrain was not ideal to cover, it was almost entirely flat which left them exposed, never mind the massive fire and smoke column coming from the downed helicopter; however this also meant they were able to see into the compound and could tell it's defenders were now rousing, as well as being able to conduct BDA's for the artillery fire. He had the mortar platoon's coms man act as a fire direct officer and begin calling in additional strikes, specifically near the perimeter of the air base as he could see through his range finder that there was a convoy of some kind being assembled; however, four minutes later, a wave of howitzer shells saw to an end of that, three of them hitting right on where the Egyptians had been assembling, destroying a number of vehicles and men while the others landed off to the sides downing perimeter fencing and spewing shrapnel in their vicinity. He needed to ensure that no relief reached the compound before his soldiers had seized it.

With still a handful of minutes before the last wave of Chinooks was due, the defenders of the compound had become organized and were beginning to fire at the oncoming British troops, who had lightly due in with entrenching tools. Nicholson had ordered them only to shoot if engaged first, but he knew he had to advance up; simply waiting any longer would endanger them of becoming pinned down and bogging up the whole operation. He ordered the companies to begin their approach and ordered ' weapons free ' and within a few minutes the entire region was filled with the sounds of a full on battle as roughly four and half companies of British soldiers engaged the compound; his mortar platoon afforded him six 60mm mortars who he immediately began directing towards the perimeter of the compound that were still intact; many spots of the wall had been breached by the howitzer fire but there was still significant portions intact and from appearances they must have an internal walkway, as Egyptians troops were firing from behind them, over the top. Intelligence had not given them a number to expect, but he anticipated nothing more then a company's worth.

Despite the numerical advantage, and with more to come, the next wrinkle in their plans developed as a particular concerning radio traffic was relayed to him from Major Powers, who was leading the attempt to flank on the left side of the compound. "Pine Actual, Pine 3 Actual, we're taking heavy fire from our north-western sectors, OPFOR somehow has gotten a force out in front of us and we're being targeted with accurate suppressing fire, believe mounted on armored vehicles, support requested, out."

"Pine 3 Actual, Pine Actual, roger on your last, fire support will be tasked."

"Felts, what do you see over there, they should be bearing around 275 for us."

Christian called out to his acting fire direction officer, and waited for the reply which only took a few moments before the man put down his rangefinder and pointed off to the east, where tracers and small explosions could be seen "Sir, Powers sound accurate.I could see a number of trucks and a technical, probably got around a platoon of guys over there they must have snuck out the back of the airfield and come around trying to flank us, and ran into our own flanking attempt."

" Damnit. Joles! Get your mortars to fire at bearing 285, approximately six hundred meters out, Felts will give you an accurate range. Felts, put some distance between our guys and theirs with the shells, I want them crowded in so our guys have less room for error and easier targets."

He turned his attention once more to left flank; the worst of them getting pinned down was those two companies were at full strength, the eastern flanking attempt was the one being weakened by moving before the final wave had arrived; Christian just hoped now that perhaps an off level in strength meant the eastern force arrived hard first. He also knew he had to get his men into that compound quick; the assault had already lasted twenty minutes and every minute longer they took increased the risk factor of this going worse. He knew his troops were too close to use the heavier artillery, but his mortars could work so he had to wait once they let out about four rounds each westward to try to relieve pressure off of Major Power's company. Once they had, he ordered them to do a two shell drop on a horizontal barrage across the southern wall of the compound and had Felts give them an accurate range and bearing for a position just inside the walls; if the shells landed outside the compound, it was highly likely that most of shrapnel and force would be absorbed by the walls, or directed back towards his own troops. But if they landed inside, they would go in every direction in that compound, which while spacious would still have disastrous impact for all the defenders who were bunching together trying to concentrate fire. As the 'thud' of the shells started going out, he saw a bright flash in the northern distance and a trail of smoke as a large missile flew out of the base and towards the landing zone; Christian whipped his head and saw a number of flares lingering in the sky, and then heard an explosion but he did not see a large fireball. It made him hope that the missile had missed. "Comms, get word out to REGCOMM that the SAM site is inside the airfield, somewhere at the far end. Maybe they can have some of our Navy friends knock it down for us."

Within three minutes, Christian's ordered mortar barrage had come crashing down in a series of explosions that illuminated the entire landscape of the battle; several more portions of the wall were either completely destroyed or knocked down to to a level that someone could easily overcome it. The amount of fire coming from the Egyptians slackened considerably and within four more minutes, British soldiers were pouring in through either the front gate, or the breaches along the wall. He knew that the troops would still take some time to clear the building, but knew he could have his mortars packed up and moved into the compound in the time that took, plus the final remnants of fifth and sixth company were finally marching up in column formation towards the west, so Christian assisted in helping a few the mortar teams get re-packaged and then prepared to rendezvous with the rest of his men in the compound. It would take a little under fifteen minutes for that to occur, when he crossed over the wall he made his way over to Major Powers who was standing outside the main barracks building, talking with an NCO. "Powers, what's our status?"

"I lost nine in that surprise counter-flanking, and we lost another five clearing out this building. 1st company lost three on the approach, eight wounded, 2nd company has 6 KIA and 11 wounded and fourth has two KIA and none injured. With the rest of the battalion here, I think we're ready to push hard on that airfield."

"Good, now, this is how we're going to take the airfield. I want you to take second and third companies and breach along that angled southern, western wall of the airfield, take those Land Rovers with you and have them give you some fire support. I haven't been able to get a hold of our armored units, apparently 2nd Battalion really needs them over in the city."

They both briefly looked over their shoulders, eastward towards the city proper of El-Alamein, and could see a number of fires and tracers that zipped through the night sky, as well as the occasional tell-tale flash of explosions. "Anyways, while you're doing that, first is going to sweep and clear the village to the south of the airfield while fourth is going to push along the main wall and then breach on the opposite side of your forces. Make sure we're watching our cross fire, I don't want any friendly fire. Fifth and sixth companies will split their attentions between opposite approaches from either the coast further west or from the city proper, I don't want to get taken by surprise from another reactionary force again."


With the orders dispersed, the soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry's 1st Battalion pushed themselves back into quick-time marching for the slog across the road and into the airfield; by 0400 hours, in the last hour of the dark morning sky, His Majesty's flag would be raised over the airfield's shrapnel-speckled command building, after three hours of intense fighting from what they later determined was approximately a company-and-half strength force. The task of counting the final losses for their own side would fall to Major Nicolson, who ended up reporting to Colonel Royce that approximately 53 soldiers had been killed in the mission, more then half inflicted by the close quarters gun dueling that took place in the airfield, but that didn't count the 55 soldiers who went down before the battle even began in Osprey 1. Even though they lost more then a hundred soldiers, their losses would pale hard when they met up with their comrades from 2nd Battalion, who had been sent to secure El-Alamein. They had run right into a fanatical defense from local gangs, an Army company and the police of the city. All told, 2nd Battalion would end up losing 232 men to the grave and half of that number wounded. The losses were far worse then the Army had anticipated and they quickly moved to ensure that the regiment could adequately set up a perimeter around the city and the airport while the crucial assets needed in theater were offloaded in the city's port. Transport ships that had been escorted in by the Hermes carrier battlegroup would arrive at the port first at 0600 hrs in local time and begin offloading members of the Royal Breton Rifles, Durham's sister regiment in their brigade. Another transport group would approach to offload that afternoon carrying members of the York and Lancaster Regiment, though that would take the longest as it was a mechanized regiment and the roll on/off ships took hours to offload.

Despite the losses, the British did succeed in their goal of taking the Egyptians completely by surprise; they were caught blind, as an understatement, and left totally out of position to respond to the intervention of the British military. To further ensure they remained on the backfoot, the RAF began launching pre-determined strikes against crucial units and sites around the central Nile region, aimed at weakening their infrastructure and ability to quickly move troops. None the less, the Egyptians moved to deploy what naval assets they could, hoping to conduct strikes into Israel to weaken the British military there, which was using it's bases in that region to supply their efforts here. DMI had succeeded in wrecking havoc on the Navy's fuel depots, which meant they could only sally out their carrier group, which was still a potent force in of itself. [i]Hermes[/ and it's battlegroup would remain near El-Alamein to provide defense for the transport ships now moving in and assist the RAF in establishing complete air superiority over Egypt.
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The entirety of the Special Council was now present in the Emperor's office with the arrival of Chairman-General Mark Moore. Apologizing for his delay - due to a major accident on the BQE - he quickly took his seat. Minister Bryant of Defense was chairing this meeting began, "On Saturday, we were briefed by General Lance King, our commanding officer of C-FOR. He spoke, in summary, on violations against the 1982 CCA by Northern Cyprus. None of his allegations can be refuted with the evidence presented and even our own intelligence and justice agencies concur with the data as presented or am I incorrect?" Neither Minister Dunn of Intelligence or Minister Pruett of Justice disagreed. "Very well, which leads us to our current decision point.

"In accordance with the 1982 CCA, we are fully justified in acting politically and even militarily against Northern Cyprus. As their obfuscation is showing, Northern Cyprus was merely biding their time and they are definitely preparing for action. Striking them early will present a major, military advantage to us. At the same time, our political case is not as strong as we would like it to be. By waiting this out, we have an even more damning set of circumstances, which we can exploit. How do we respond thusly?"

"We've already acted against Munishi once,"
Minister Dunn of Intelligence began. "On July 15, 1986, we attempted to sponsor a coup for his overthrow, which ended in failure. The coup was set to launch at 23:00 local time but Murphy's Law struck and our operatives were forced to launch several hours ahead of the schedule. Because of this, the attempt lacked the coordination it required. Of the original one hundred and twenty-five operatives launching the coup, one hundred were killed, twenty-two were captured, and three escaped into Cyprus. Munishi's forces suffered seventy killed. At least one hundred to two hundred civilians were killed as a result of the attempt.

"The coup seriously strengthened Munishi's position. Publically coerced confessions amongst the captured coup plotters were embarrassing, to say the least. We continue to push that this was a false flag attempt committed by Munishi to consolidate power. We've gotten some backing on this. Push comes to shove, we missed a golden opportunity that July. We strongly believe that Munishi had his predecessor, Sinan Dalgalar, assassinated. Dalgalar was a proponent of a peaceful solution to the Cypriot Question. Munishi and other hardliners are anything but."

"We are entirely justified in acting,"
Minister Bailey of Foreign Affairs started to say but then he paused, thought a moment, and continued on a different path. "However, I must caution us against acting on Northern Cyprus. I just do not believe the time is right and we have other opportunities. We're already embattled with Yemen but we have two other sources of difficulty here, the Sinai and Gaza. Gaza has been an independent state since the First Crusade and since then it has become a major conduit for nefarious behavior. In fact, that was why it was established in the first place, was it not? Between Gaza and the Sinai, we could isolate Munishi diplomatically and push for a different kind of peace on Cyprus."

"Very diplomatic of you indeed,"
the Emperor answered. "What does Justice have to say?"

"Sir, Justice is focused on punishing Munishi for what he's doing but also going after the source. We know our latitude against Yemen is limited lest we want to get involved in a major war in Yemen, which we've discussed many times before. We know where we stand as a country on Yemen and so that is out of the question. Moving against Gaza and the Sinai to isolate Munishi could have positive effects."

"Yes sir I would concur,"
Chairman-General Moore said. "Neither nation presents a formidable fighting force. Northern Cyprus, despite its size, does. That is not to say we could not conquer the nation, by all means we could do so easily but isolating it would be prefer. Forcing a diplomatic surrender is a more achievable goal sir."

"It would be easier to remove the flow of illegal arms than the government,"
said the Emperor. "Rather than go right for the throat, this is the pathway we should choose. What is to become of both the Sinai and Gaza? Surely the Empire of Britannia will have a good amount to say over the matter. They've been eyeing our 'encroachment' - as they call it - into the Eastern Med as a direct spike at them. They're not wrong but we need to consider how they will respond."

"Gaza presents an easier case than the Sinai does sir,"
Donald Cook of National Security said. "Gaza is a sovereign, independent state. It's been under the control of the Khouri clan since 1982 and it's not a nice place. If you want to find disreputable individuals in disreputable professions, Gaza is the place to go. It exists as a sort of 'neutral ground' for the entire world to conduct nefarious and dirty business. We've done so frequently through there. Yet this can only be tolerated so much and perhaps Gaza's time is over in this regard. Arms, drugs, black market goods, and people are trafficking through Gaza to points near and far. The British will raise a stink and a half but they might not press the issue too hard."

"And of the Sinai?"

"That sir will be a problem. The Sinai is, de jure, part of Egypt. Egypt's been a part of British foreign policy since the 1300s and that isn't going to change for the next seven hundred years. The Sinai might have become de facto independent in the 1950s what with all of the issues Egypt had but that doesn't make it recognized as such in the eyes of the world. If we're going to move into the Sinai we need to do so in a manner befitting our British allies. We'll need to inform them of what we're doing and we're going to have to accept certain conditions when all is said and done."

"Conditions?"

"Sir, I think that, if we play our cards right, we may be able to establish a military occupation of the Sinai. However, we should fall short of declaring it sovereign territory of the Empire. This keeps the Sinai in limbo. If we offer no hindrances between Egypt and Israel for the British they may just accept it for what it is. They won't be happy and there will be countermoves but we could successfully exert authority over the Sinai. For one thing sir, this would ensure complete dominance over the Suez Canal Zone and perhaps act as a barrier against Manchurian Global's mercenaries guarding it."

"I see your point,"
said the Emperor, "and I don't believe I can argue with it either. All right then this is how we'll act. How soon can we act?"

"Sir, it will take us some time to build up the forces needed for a simultaneous operation against both Gaza and the Sinai. No earlier than December sir,"
answered Chairman-General Moore.

"All right then December it is, let's keep this under wraps until then though we need to advise General King what our decision has been. For his eyes only, I want no leaks."



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