Mar 28 2015

CAMPAIGN: Long October

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OPERATION LONG OCTOBER

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MISSION ONE - EARLY APR 2015, 8PM QLD TIME

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MEDIA

News Report Excerpt - September 14th, 2015.

[...]There are believed to be hundreds of foreigners—from Syria, Afghanistan and other middle-eastern areas—engaged in Isla Duala as private soldiers or jihadists. It is unclear whether they are taking active roles in the fighting between Molatia and Boko Haram, as several reports say, or providing training and technical support for foreign-bought weapons, as the Dualan government claims. Soviet-made armoured vehicles have been sighted in and around the key cities on the island.

In a renewed Boko Haram campaign over recent weeks, which delayed the Dualan presidential election now set for October 28th, the rebels have made significant headway in the war. The Boko Haram psuedo-government claimed the victories due to its own forces, but much of the progress seems to have been helped by foreign contractors, as well as military intervention by neighbouring jihadi Al Qaeda fighters. Boko Haram now controls the majority of Isla Duala, having pushed the pro-Western Afrenian government to the very southern reaches of the province.[...]

News Report - September 20th, 2015.

NDJAMENA, Chad — Deep in the Sahara, late at night, a Reaper drone silently tracked a six-vehicle convoy crossing the desert into Niger from Libya. Minutes later, French attack planes and helicopter gunships swooped down on the convoy of Qaeda-backed fighters, turning the militant caravan into smoldering wreckage.

The raid last July by French combat aircraft and commandos killed or captured 15 Islamist fighters, and recovered nearly three tons of weapons, including Russian-designed SA-7 shoulder-fired missiles and several hundred anti-tank rockets, all bound for guerrilla operations in Isla Duala, French officials said.
The attack also provided a view of an increasingly violent, multifront campaign that France has joined here in the Republic of Duala, a vast area on the south eastern flank of the African Coast. The battle is being waged to combat Al Qaeda’s affiliate in North Africa and other Islamist extremists in Mali, and more recently to thwart Boko Haram, a violent militancy that is spilling across from Nigeria to attack Chad, Niger and Isla Duala.
Last summer, France reorganized its 3,000-member force in West Africa to carry out its counterterrorism fight more effectively in some of the harshest terrain on the planet.
The French military has concentrated its air power and mission headquarters here in Chad, its reconnaissance drones in Niger, its special operations troops in Isla Duala, and its logistics hub in Ivory Coast. It has also deployed about 1,200 soldiers to Gao and another site in northern Mali to fight the remnants of militant organizations that French-led forces rolled back in early 2013.
“The fight against terrorist groups is our daily business,” said Gen. Jean-Pierre Palasset, the commander of the operation, called Long October. General Palasset also led French troops in Afghanistan and the Ivory Coast.
The mission is expanding to support regional African forces fighting Boko Haram, France’s defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said last week. That will likely mean more operations like the one last month in which a French team in the city of Diffa, in southeastern Niger just across from Nigeria, collected intelligence on Boko Haram.
French officials have paid close attention to fast-shifting developments in the Republic of Duala. The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, held meetings in Chad, Cameroon and Niger last month to discuss security threats.
France, which has the United Nations Security Council presidency in March, is also pushing for a resolution by early April that would back the regional African force to fight Boko Haram, providing it with crucial financing to carry out operations.
The Obama administration, which is already fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has been only too eager to provide financial, logistical and intelligence support to France to avoid having to put American combat forces on the ground in yet another global hot spot.
“There’s a lot of merit to partnering with the French who have sort of staked out their claim in the Dualan region of North Africa,” James R. Clapper Jr., the American director of national intelligence, told a Senate committee last month. “They have history and heritage there, access, and have committed to deploying troops in that area, boots on the ground, which we can supplement.”
Last August, President Obama authorized the Pentagon to send France $10 million to help pay for troop transport and aerial assistance.
“There’s already an unprecedented degree of coordination, with both the U.S. and France bringing complementary strengths to the table,” said Michael R. Shurkin, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst who is now at the RAND Corporation. “The more the U.S. and France work together, the greater the regional alliance’s chance of success.”
That regional cooperation began in earnest in January 2013 when French forces led a military operation that largely expelled Qaeda-linked extremists from a vast area they had controlled in northeastern Mali.
Since last August, personnel assigned to the French counterterrorism operations, working with African security forces, have killed or captured about 100 militants, French officials said. French and American attack planes have carried out several strikes in just the past few months in northern Mali.
In addition to the threat from Boko Haram, French officials have voiced increasing concern about members of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, and other extremists using southwestern Duala as a safe haven and as a logistic base mainly for fuel and ammunition.
It is an area that is also commanding increasing concern in Washington, and drawing the two countries closer. “We have absolutely overlapping interests here,” James Knight, the United States ambassador to Chad, said in an interview here. “The cooperation is seamless.”
It is believed that France will deploy troops in the near future to Duala in an effort to quell the strength held by Boko Haram, and recently Al Qaeda. These troops will benefit from the assistance provided by American attack and logistical aircraft.

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Fig 1 – AREA OF OPERATIONS MAP

 

Mission One (WIP)

 

Situation

  • Enemy Forces
    Ground troops and wheeled or tracked vehicles of ex-Soviet decent belonging to or sympathizing with Boko Haram and potentially Al Qaeda. Unlikely to make contact with Al Qaeda militia. Possibility for encountering armed civilians. Reports suggest mercenaries are active in the area.
  • Composition, Strength
    Intel suggests that there are approx. 200 men in immediate area. Believed that approx 100 of those are armed. Most civilians have fled the area, or have taken up arms. Mainly centered around buildings, cross roads, fuel depots, airfields, military camps.
  • Enemy Capabilities
    Anti-aircraft launchers, anti-tank launchers, small arms, long-range rifles. Use of armed technicals with machine guns. Dug-in machine guns. Enemy may be able to rapidly deploy with use of wheeled or tracked vehicles. Mortars and IEDs are expected.
  • Enemy Limitations
    Believed that enemy has access to mainly ex-Soviet bloc vehicles and weaponry. Enemy is believed to have access to only short-range communications. Poorly trained soldiers.
  • Enemy Most Likely Course of Action
    Enemy will likely set up road blocks and prepare ambushes, as well as strengthen tactical points of interest. Enemy will likely fortify airfield and nearby town(s).
  • Friendly Forces
    Afrenian (Pro-France Government) troops are present, however mostly dissipated and unlikely to assist.
  • Nearby Units
    French and American combined fleet off coast of Duala. French and American attack, logistic, transport vehicles and helicopters at disposal. 
  • Support
    Logistical support will be available via helicopter(s). Attack aircraft are available. MEDEVAC is available. Units, if dead, will respawn at Castle Base.

Mission

  • Who
    BLUFOR – France, United States, Afrenian Government
    OPFOR – Molatia, Mercenaries
    INDFOR - Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, Mercenaries
    CIV – Local Civilians
  • What
    Perform reconnaissance at airfield, and attack/secure if possible.
  • When
    Early October, 2015 (In-game time) – April 2015 (real time).
  • Where
    Fictional Republic of Duala (just off coast of North Africa).
  • Why
    To provide support for embattled post-colonial Dualan (Afrenian) government. Assist in global counter-insurgency. Assist in conflict against Boko Haram and Al Qaeda.

Execution

  • Concept of Operation
    The mission should take approximately two hours. We, as French soldiers, will spawn with no gear. Gearing up will take place at base, while commander informs team leaders of mission execution flow. Team-wide briefing will take place, followed by movement to identified waypoints. The river will be crossed into enemy territory, and we will move with stealth and speed to an overwatch position on the airfield to perform reconnaissance. If the airfield is deemed possible to assault, we will do so. If it is too heavily guarded, we will neutralise any enemy assets possible, and conduct seek and destroy operations against the enemy. Once enemy operations have been severly hampered or disabled, either team will return to base or fortify position at the airfield.
  • Tasks
    1. Cross into enemy territory (across river).
    2. Perform reconnaissance on airfield.
    3. Assault airfield if possible / Seek and destroy enemy assets so as to disable airfield.
    4. Destroy any enemy anti-aircraft capability.
    5. Fortify airfield / Return to Castle Base
  • Command Structure

HIGHER (Logistics/Combat Support) AI
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PARIS (Command Team) / Support Team
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TEAM 1, 2, 3, 4 / Sniper Team

 

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Addons (Non-bold are standard CTB list)

  • All In Arma Terrain Pack
  • ASDG_JR
  • CBA
  • CSE
  • FHQ Accessories
  • HLC G3s
  • Isla Duala
  • Leights OPFOR Pack
  • MCC
  • MRT Accessory Functions
  • R3F Objects
  • R3F Units
  • R3F Weapons
  • RDS East Static Weapons Pack
  • RHS RF
  • RHS US
  • Shacktac Fireteam HUD
  • Task Force Radios
  • TFA

Nov 27 2014

Mission 9 – Bravo-9′s Demise

Heading into mission 9 of the ABG-MED campaign, most of us expected a rather clean cut mission. We had intel from HUMINT in the NAA ranks that El Presidente himself was going to be exposed for a brief window of time at the dockyards south of the airfield, right in the heart of his ongoing battle with local guerilla’s. The visit was timed with a recent delivery of BMP’s, which supposedly required the ‘mighty seal of approval’ before they could be put into active service. The plan was relatively simply – clear the area before El Presidente arrived, then ambush him and his security detail. The BMP’s would then also be destroyed, delivering a double blow to the NAA and their war with the freedom fighters.

The assault plan for the special forces team, callsign BRAVO-9, tasked with hitting an OP, followed with a kill or capture mission.

With a rough plan of how to proceed, callsign BRAVO-9, a special forces team within ABG-MED specialising in maritime operations and HVT raids, set about preparing for the raid that would hopefully bring an abrupt end to the ongoing civil war on the island of Altis. Teams made their way to the island of Makrynisi, just south of the Pyrgos Gulf, and laid up for the night.

Just after 0212 local, the two assault teams loaded back into their boats, and set about heading to their respective objectives. Upon approaching the OP, it became obvious that some upgrades had been done since the teams were operating in the area with some frequency a few months previously. A new lighthouse had been installed, allowing the position to have eyes out over the opening of the gulf, with a partner light house on the coast of Pyrgos. Team 1 would have to divert and assist Team 2 in it’s OP assault before it could advance through the Pyrgos Gulf opening.

The view from Team 1's second boat, as they approached the light house OP.

The view from Team 1′s second boat, as they approached the light house OP.

While some casualties were taken in the assault of the position, the speed of the overall encounter meant that no radio call was made to warn the NAA further north of any movement on the water by ABG-MED forces. The added assistance of rebel fighters engaging NAA forces around the airfield also prevented the gunfire from drawing any unwanted attention. With this said, it was noted that some of the pirates, who were loitering around the OP, were equipped with some more advanced technology than had previously been seen. Most importantly, a pirate captain sporting a very expensive looking set of night vision equipment.

With the OP secure, both teams remounted their respective boats and made the rather lengthy trip north across the gulf. Time was starting to run short, and pressure was mounting to hit the position and secure it before El Presidente arrived. After some unforeseen engine trouble, both teams arrived on the beaches just east of the dockyard at 0314 local time. Although running slightly behind schedule due to the heavy resistance at the OP, things were still looking promising at the dockyard.

Team 1, waiting to break into the dockyard to the south. The horrendous lighting conditions with the use of NVG's can be seen in this photo.

Team 1, waiting to break into the dockyard to the south. The horrendous lighting conditions with the use of NVG’s can be seen in this photo.

With Team 1 moving to the south end of the dockyard, and Team 2 breaking in on the east, BRAVO-9 located four NAA crewman guarding the formidable Russian armoured vehicles – very nicely illuminated and ready for inspection by their glorious leader. Although teams took care not to be noticed, one lone NAA guardsman fired first, bringing about a quick end to the left over crew as Team 1 and 2 engaged from the south and east. Although loathed by some, others took great joy in moving bodies to some rather unique hiding places.

Osias hides a deceased NAA crew member... inside an APC.

Osias hides a deceased NAA crew member… inside an APC.

With the area secure, both teams set up in their respective ambush positions and awaited El Presidente’s convoy. As each team silently separated to their areas and performed their checks, an injured NAA soldier, thought to be dead in the initial contact and clearance, was biding his time in the APC that BRAVO-9 team members had hidden him in. He would be their downfall.

El Presidente and his security detail arrive.

El Presidente and his security detail arrive.

As the Presidential convoy arrived, BRAVO-9 team members prepared to engage the security detail and capture El Presidente – with this said, there was always the option of having him “accidentally” shot in cross fire. The two open top UAZ’s pulled up at the front gate of the dockyard across from the BMP’s, and then all hell broke loose. The security detail, no doubt noticing the pools of blood leaking from the back of the BMP’s, started to engage shadows in the dark, which elicited a wall of fire from the three BRAVO-9 positions waiting to strike. LMG, rifle, and UGL fire rained down on the small convoy, with El Presidente seen running like the wind for the safety of the BMP’s.

Although the small security detail was out numbered, the elite unit managed to eliminate eight BRAVO-9 team members in the initial engagement, with the remaining four ABG-MED fighters cleaning up the end of the firefight and tasked with the rather un-enjoyable job of finding El Presidente’s body in the mass of casualties for positive identification.

The BMP show case prior to BRAVO-9's engagement.

The BMP show case prior to BRAVO-9′s engagement.

The remaining four man team managed to find the dictators body, however the terrible lighting conditions at the time prevented video and photo devices from working well enough to provide a clear and positive identification. It was deemed necessary to drag the body over to the well lit BMP’s and take photos there, before working to collect the deceased BRAVO-9 team members and extract from the location. This was to prove a fatal decision.

As the team dragged the lifeless body of the dictator back to the light, the remaining injured NAA soldier fell out the back of a BMP, covered in his fellow crew members blood. The remaining BRAVO-9 team members raised their weapons and fired, but not before a single grenade fell from the soldier’s hands, and rolled to a stop at El Presidente’s feet. While the unknown NAA soldier died instantly, the same cannot be said for the four remaining men of BRAVO-9, who suffered significantly from the close impact of a high explosive frag grenade. Preliminary intel reports than the remaining four members of the special forces team bled out over a number of hours, despite their best efforts to patch themselves up.

Mission nine may have resulted in the death of the tyrant, known for attempting to detonate a nuclear device on his own civilian population, but it also resulted in the death of an entire team that was dedicated to assisting the people of Altis. Negotiations are ongoing to recover their bodies.

Nov 21 2014

Mission 8 See’s Athira Captured

A close fought battle between ABG-MED infantry teams (assisted by ALF) and the NAA forces holding Athira has seen a break in the ever moving front line. The rebel forces, backed by ABG-MED, are pushing hard for the Altis airfield in an attempt to allow vital resupplies and humanitarian assistance enter the country. The two maps below show the movement in the front. Next week will see ABG-MED teams striking again at one of the key hotspots on the island.

Campaign map after the battle for Athira on 19th November

Here are some screenshots from the event, no video is available due to some technical difficulties in processing.

Quick break after insertion before pushing into the town.

As rebel teams engage positions to the north east of the town, ABG MED moves in from the north west.

Teams moved on from their vehicle drop off point to the west of Athira. Low creek beds with heavy vegetation allowed the teams to push relatively close to the town before exposing themselves to the entrenched NAA forces.

The teams get pinned crossing open ground surrounding the town. Smoke is deployed (by both teams and artillery / mortars).

The open ground of course presented some challenges, with the ABG teams being engaged as soon as they left their concealment in the creek bed. heavy smoke cover was deployed to allow teams to move onto the first military outpost located to the north of Athira. The position had been engaged by rebels during the ABG teams advance and was only manned by those NAA personnel that had been able to make it through the fire fights on the outskirts of town.

Abandoned remains of the NAA Athira C2 position.

Engaging a BTR near the Athira church.

After some intense building to building fighting, ABG teams and their rebel allies pushed to the center of town, capturing the church and surrounding C2 position that had been established by the NAA during their occupation of the area. Whilst some earlier static vehicles had been eliminated by rebel artillery spotted by ABG forces, one BTR did arrive soon after the area was captured, resulting in some casualties, and the eventual destruction of said vehicle with a well placed AT4.

Medic and his assistant deal with a casualty in the… ahh.. cemetary…

Clearing the town, street by street.

After consolidating their advances, the ABG and rebel teams pushed again, clearing the outskirts of the town to the south, and preparing for the eventual push onto the airfield. Soon after hand over, ABG forces were collected from a HLZ to the south of Athira, and transported back to ABG controlled territory to plan for the next engagement.

Team extraction after clearing the town and handing over to rebel forces.

What happens next?

A number of options are available for the ABG teams. Most notably, the movements of rebel forces preventing El Presidente and his close aids from leaving the confines of the airfield, means that it will be much easier to try and pinpoint his location for either precision air strikes, or a ground team to attempt a snatch and grab.

Although some forces from the Kavala battle to the west are attempting to break through, it is appearing more and more likely that the airfield and Kavala areas of operations will become separated and unable to reach each other. Rebel forces are working to contain the two major regions, in an attempt to out last their more logistic heavy enemy.

Oct 21 2014

ABG-MED Rolls Into Mission 8

The ABG-MED task force has been kicking a long quite nicely (despite some setbacks with some certain VIP’s being knocked off). You can view the map of our current progress below:

ABGMED gets a foot hold after 7 missions on the Altis mainland.

After making friends with the Altis rebellion against El Presidente, the town of Athira has been chosen as the next target. The assault plan overview can be seen here:

Assault overview for the battle of Athira.

The next mission will be held on Tuesday the 30th of October, click here to view the calendar event!

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