- "We are Al-Qatala. We are the Killers."
- — Jamal Rahar
Al-Qatala (Arabic: القتلة), later known as Al-Qatala-Aljahdid or The Killers in English is an international anarchist terrorist organization based in Urzikstan and founded by Omar "The Wolf" Sulaman as the prominent enemy faction in the campaign of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It is also referenced in the backstories of several operators from the Allegiance and Coalition factions in Multiplayer.
The organization was founded by Omar "The Wolf" Sulaman in Urzikstan in response to the occupation of the country by Russian forces under the command of General Roman Barkov. Pursuing independence via the removal of all foreign occupiers from the country, soon the group would set up camps and cells operating across Africa, Europe and the Middle East that accumulated large numbers of soldiers that became known as Al-Qatala. With this power, Omar under the alias of "The Wolf" was able to transform Al-Qatala into a well-coordinated network of terrorist cells with the collective goal of causing major world powers to collapse into an untenable fight and destroy the global economy.
Al-Qatala tactics are unconventional and do not distinguish between civilian and military targets with a recent terrorist attack in Piccadilly Circus and the capture of a truck containing Russian-made chlorine gas with the planning of their underground cells.
Al-Qatala is directly opposed by the Urzikstani Liberation Force, a resistance movement led by Farah Karim from the original Urzik Resistance after the latter collapsed fighting Barkov's forces, as well as the actions of the terrorist organization. As a result, the terror group is relentless in its pursuit of Karim and the forces under her command. Instructions are to take no prisoners, rather they are directed to kill them at all costs.
Campaign Against the West
In October 2019, Al-Qatala forces secretly commanded by Hadir Karim stole a shipment of Russian chlorine gas for use in Urzikstan, the next day they carried out a surprise attack on Piccadilly Circus in London and massacred or took hostage dozens of civilians as human shields before retreating into the nearby buildings and setting up machine gun and sniper nests, inflicting heavy casualties on the London Metropolitan Police but are eventually repulsed by the S.A.S. and the Metropolitan Police with heavy casualties. An S.A.S team led by Captain John Price and Sergeant Kyle Garrick attacked a townhouse used by the AQ cell responsible for planning the attack and succeeding in killing or capturing all AQ terrorists and a laptop containing information on the Wolf’s location in Rammaza Hospital, Urzikstan for an assault by the U.S. Marines ‘Demon Dogs‘.
As U.S forces led by Sgt.Griggs and Alex pushed through the bombed out remains of Rammaza they were forced to slow down to defuse booby traps and clear neighbourhoods of any potentially hiding Al-Qatala soldiers until they were ambushed by dug-in AQ forces who detonated a roadside IED which damaged their M2 Bradley IFV and opened up with machine gun fire on the exposed Marines.
The plan however goes awry as the Russian forces of Barkov start attacking both groups and Hadir deploys the chemical weapons on the area, forcing Alex and Farah to flee without Omar. Hadir is later revealed to be working with Al-Qatala and Omar's hideout is raided by the SAS, CIA and Farah. The Wolf is shot dead after he unsuccessfully tries to kill his would-be apprehenders with a suicide vest.
Knowing that Hadir plans to mount a chemical weapon attack in Russia, Price and Garrick capture The Butcher in St. Petersburg while repelling Al-Qatala members. Price interrogates Jamal by threatening his family, learning the location of the chemicals. Hadir meanwhile leads Al-Qatala during an an assault Barkov's residence in Moldova, taking hostages. Price and Garrick are however able to apprehend Hadir and free the hostages, also learning about Barkov's gas factory making chemical weapons in Georgia. They are however forced to give him up to Russia.
After the liberation of Urzikstan and the death of Barkov at hands of Farah Karim, Al-Qatala are heavily armed with advanced and powerful weapons by a mysterious benefactor, transforming them into an actual army. With this, they invade and overran Verdansk, which had been rebuilt by both Russia and Western powers after the Cold War, something Al-Qatala detested. Under the command of an individual known only as "The Ascendant", Al-Qatala uses its new resources to stage an invasion of Kastovia.
- Omar Sulaman (Founder and Leader) (K.I.A.)
- Khaled Al-Asad (Leader)
- Jamal "The Butcher" Rahar (Second-in-command/Enforcer) (Alive or K.I.A., player determined)
- Hadir Karim
- Mark Davies (K.I.A.)
- Jessica Ramirez
- Derek Watson (K.I.A.)
- Christopher Yuter (K.I.A.)
Vehicles and Weapons
Light Machine Guns
- "Al-Qatala" means "The Killers" or "Assassins" (or more poetically, "Slayers") in Arabic.
- "Al-Qatala-Aljahdid" roughly translates from Arabic to "The New Killers" in English.
- "Al-Qatala" is based on and inspired by the real-life terrorist organizations Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
- The Al-Qatala emblem is similar to that found on the banner of the Urzikstan flag.