- "But we are all killers, here, no?"
- — Omar Sulaman during captivity in the US Embassy.
Omar Sulaman also known under the moniker The Wolf is one of two main antagonists (alongside Roman Barkov) of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. He is the leader of Al-Qatala, a terrorist organization operating in the nation of Urzikstan and is responsible for masterminding the theft of chemical weapons, including chlorine gas from that country for use against western targets across the globe. The Wolf pursues independence for his people by any means necessary. His insurgents are solely focused on removing his homeland’s foreign occupiers. To demonstrate their resolve, Al-Qatala is determined to inflict mass casualties anywhere, anytime. This places him directly at odds with the Urzikstani Liberation Force, led by Farah Karim.
Omar Sulaman is the leader of the Al-Qatala terrorist organization, responsible for plotting terror attacks, inspiring sleeper cells and lone followers to ban together against world power. However, Sulaman was also once a freedom fighter, a leader and a hero in the eyes of the West. He gave up a life of relative comfort to fight Russian influence in Afghanistan and was a key ally to Western forces in the region until he grew intolerant of what he saw as a lack of will on the part of intervening political and military leaders. In contrast to terrorist factions who promote religiosity and strict doctrine, Sulaman is different; calling for actions that favor anarchy over institution. Today, Sulaman sees modern “empire and enterprise” as his enemy, calling Al-Qatala to bring down government establishments by any means necessary.
In 2013, Sulaman issued a laminated card of script, signifying his split from Western backed forces, vowing to exploit his knowledge of “western strategic limitations.” The card’s message is critical to understanding Omar’s influence over loyalists and followers carrying out operations in his name. The ‘Sulaman card’ reads: "Never be captive to foreign interest: Destroy their economies, burn their culture, sink their ships and kill them over land and air." Sulaman espouses lawlessness, violence and chaos. He has no known religious ties and encourages followers to “take control by asserting will over the weak.” Sulaman believes that, “those who tolerate oppression, deserve their fate.”
Omar’s father built up a successful construction company but was forced to provide low-cost bids for relations of royalty, religious leaders, military and government. As a young man, Omar witnessed this rampant corruption and hypocrisy with disgust, motivating his anger and planting the seeds of rebellion in his unruly soul. Establishing his own independent presence, Sulaman erected intensive training camps across the Middle East. When Sulaman broke ties with all powers in the proxy wars crippling his region, his camps attracted ‘soldiers’ from all over the world. He called those new fighters, “Al-Qatala” (The Killers). Both the man, and the movement gained mass support. The unrelenting, ‘lone wolf’ independent philosophy earned Sulaman the nickname, “Aldhiyb” (The Wolf). Later that year, the Wolf decided to direct his own attacks— Ascending to a de facto leadership position at the helm of Al-Qatala.
The Wolf has not been seen in public for several years, maintaining a series of safe houses across Europe and Asia. His whereabouts are fiercely guarded by layers of security and civilian soldiers, empowered by Sulaman’s aspirational message, and the fear of his strikes are a potent and proven recruitment tool. Intel regarding the Wolf’s medical condition and health are sketchy, but recent reports claim Sulaman was severely injured in a 2014 Russian airstrike in the occupied country of Urzikistan, losing all or most of his vision in both eyes. Shortly after the attack, Sulaman released a message via social media, reassuring followers that “The blood of revenge, is never in vain.”