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The war on terror is an international military campaign launched by the United States government after the September 11 attacks.[1] The primary aims of this conflict is with the defeat of Islamist militant groups linked or allied with al-Qaeda which seek to overthrow the governments in the Middle East and Maghreb. Although initially a conventional asymmetrical conflict, the increasing availability of black market bioweapons has intensified matters.

Background[]

During the Cold War, NATO and Warsaw Pact states fought a series of proxy conflicts in Africa and Asia through their support and training of totalitarian regimes and rebel organisations. With the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, regional instabilities continued to be a problem. The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan fell back into civil war when the NATO and Saudi-backed Mujahideen alliances fell apart, and soon lost territory to the Taliban. The neighbouring Penamstan also experienced instabilities, with the US military directly intervening in a civil war in 1990.[2] The re-unification of North and South Yemen similarly led to instabilities with fighting between the government and socialist and Islamist movements. Formerly aligned with NATO during the Cold War, Ba'athist Iraq became castigated as a pariah state following the Gulf War. During this time, a number of Islamist groups spread across several nations coalesced to form al-Qaeda, which declared war on the West and Israel in territories across the Middle East and the Maghreb. On 11 September 2001, three jetliners were hijacked by al-Qaeda militants and crashed into the World Trade Center complex and the Pentagon, with a fourth crashing in Pennsylvania while en route to the Capitol.

History[]

For the first several years, the conflict was limited to asymmetrical conventional warfare, as intelligence-based counterterror operations were conducted in multiple nations, primarily aimed at undermining al-Qaeda. With the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Iraq became another theatre in the conflict alongside Afghanistan and Yemen.[3] While the existence of Bio Organic Weaponry was publicly denied,[4][5] the increasing availability of such bioweapons on black markets posed an extreme security risk for global security. In 2002 and 2003, the US and Russia conducted classified operations to detain Umbrella employees linked to this trade.[6][7] Although Umbrella would soon after collapse with a Russian-sanctioned attack on its Caucasus Laboratory, its position as a black market supplier was succeeded by Tricell.

Degeneration - Bioterror incident map

A broadcast during a 2005 TV news bulletin. Within only a year, a million deaths were recorded as linked to bioterrorism.

Although not directly related to the War on Terror, the 2004 Terragrigia Panic represented a significant shift in the conflict, with the international media confirming both the existence and viability of B.O.W.s. The usage of B.O.W.s by terrorist groups increased dramatically, and dedicated anti-B.O.W. forces became a necessity alongside conventional forces. By the end of 2005 the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance became a UN-controlled organisation with a carte blanche for intervention in the majority of member states, and required involvement with restrictions in others.[8] The availability of B.O.W.s on the black market was not hindered by the collapse of Tricell in 2009, with other groups such as Neo Umbrella and Sheng-Ya taking their place. When Syria fell into a civil war in 2011, NATO became involved in supporting rebel groups. Extremist rebels were able to procure B.O.W.s in part through dealing with a rogue CIA agent, who was subsequently killed in a drone strike.[3][9] It should be noted not all terrorist groups in the conflict used B.O.W.s in warfare, and even as late as 2014 NATO fighting with the Taliban involved roadside bombs, artillery and long-distance firearms exchanges.[10]

Sources[]

References:

  1. Resident Evil 6 (2012), file: "Leon S. Kennedy".
  2. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness (2021).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Makino, Vendetta, Operation New York Phase 2, Part 1.
  4. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (2010), scene: "Overture".
  5. Wesker's Extra Report.
  6. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (2010).
  7. BIOHAZARD Umbrella Chronicles ~Prelude to the Fall~ (2007).
  8. Resident Evil: Revelations (2012).
  9. Makino, Vendetta, chapter: "Operation Querétaro, Part 1".
  10. Makino, Vendetta, chapter: "Operation New York Phase 2, Part 2".

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