Khaled Al-Asad: Muslim extremism and Western hysteria in popular video…
Khaled Al-Asad: Muslim extremism and Western hysteria in popular video games
Screenshot of Khaled Al-Asad from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
Poster for Insurgency
Game cover for Medal of Honor: Warfighter
Medal of Honor Warfighter is a first-person shooter that came out in 2012
(1:25-1:30), "no friendlies here"
Poster for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike is a competitive first-person series made by Valve, with the latest entry (Global Offensive) coming out in 2012.
The terrorists use middle-eastern garb, like shrouds on the head and face. The goal of this team is to plant a bomb in one of two areas.
It is of note however that these models look racially ambiguous. However, what I want to point out is the automatic assumption these models give.
Poster for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Screenshot of Khaled Al-Asad from Call of duty 4: Modern Warfare
Game cover for Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2 was the first video game to feature the Middle East conflict zone
Trailer for Battlefield 2
This is the first time we see Khaled Al-Asad in the video game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare which came out in 2007
The first scene he is introduced in is him executing leader Yasir Al-Lulani and his loyaists on national TV
This is also the first time the Call of Duty series departed from fighting in Nazi-occupied Europe
Wrapping up the Middle Eastern Theater that was present in the second game, this game still features the remnants of the opfor who sided with Khaled Al-Asad.
It is of note that they are only featured briefly as two tutorial missions
This game started as a mod to Half-Life 2, however it became a full game in 2014 featuring brutal realism and gritty first-person shooter action/tactics
Unlike Counter-strike, the models used for Insurgency feature only seemingly Muslim terrorist
Khaled Al-Asad leading an ultra-nationalist army in a Russian territory. This is from the video game Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019)
Full video showing Khaled Al-Asad
The (re)emergence of ISIS
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UN approves new sanctions on Iran amidst their budding nuclear program
Syrian Civil unrest heats up
This would eventually
turn into a civil war in 2012
This has caused the current refugee global migration
US ambassador killed in Benghazi
Trump administration announces moving US embassy from Tel Aviv (in Palestine) to Jerusalem (in Israel)
Trump's America First Campaign which increases drone strikes in the Middle East