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    Chaps, im putting together an ambitious Theoretical war game, complex and lengthy. And I was hopping to get some feed back from people like your good self’s. The scenario is based around a Middle Eastern MTW. Im hopping to make this complex, challenging and im hopping to spread it out over a long time frame. Im looking at a deployment phase of 12 months real time. This will allow those who wish to get involved time to recruit, organize, plan and deploy. Recruit, individuals who would be appointed a command position, and its responsibility, working with other individuals from around the world (im hopping will represent their own country’s involved in the scenario) in an organized command structure from Theater command, and depending of number of players, down to Brigade. Each side will be given a strategic objective and resources. The game has its own website which in turn will be developed on feed back and the needs of the individuals or sides involved. It’s a two-sided blind game BLUFOR vs OPFOR with an omnipotent admin to over see. This is supposed to be a background activity and somewhat experimental. Anybody ever put anything like this together before?
    interested email [email protected]

    Im posting the scenario in sections below

  • #2
    Re: War Game Middle East!

    What if…
    September 2001
    Not long after the newly elected US president took office, the World was shocked as militant Islamic terrorists attacked the world trade centers in New York killing thousands of civilians. The US White House administration restrained cries from Pentagon chiefs for major military action in the Middle East citing that war or an aggressive reaction was not a rational response.
    January 2002
    In the coming months, the situation in the Middle East grows steadily worse, with a steady increase of violence in the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. In the Arab world anger and hatred grows toward Israel and those seen to support the, so-called, Zionist nation.
    February 2002
    The US, concerned with the growing anti American feeling in the Middle East and increased attacks on US interests, decides to re-deploy US troops and close bases in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar to curtail growing demonstrations against US instillations and foreign policy abroad and at home. The withdrawal of US forces coincides with a new US PR campaign to try to reach out to Arab peoples and regain trust.
    June 2002
    The US is busy tracking down those terrorists it deemed responsible for the attacks on the world trade center. The hunt leads the Pentagon to organizations residing amid the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. A long drawn out political process achieves little and the Taliban refuse to disclose the whereabouts of, or extradite, those identified as the 9/11 masterminds by the US.
    However, the US President assures the unsettled US public that diplomacy is the correct avenue of approach along with a stronger homeland security and increased attention to international relations.
    December 2002
    There is an upsurge in terrorist attacks against the West both in Europe and the USA, extremist groups spurred on by recent successes and the US withdrawals. In the Middle East, Islamic fundamentalists rise to power using fear and intimidation to infiltrate many Arab states and governments fueled and helped by the growing anger over the Israeli Palestinian conflict and Israel’s Western supporters.
    January 2003
    After more then a year of failed results, and amid growing protests and pressure from the US public, the US government finally resorts to a military option after two years of failed negotiations in Afghanistan. US warplanes attack Taliban targets and infrastructure with precision munitions and cruise missiles. The US is condemned by many Middle Eastern and European nations including Russia for an act of aggression against a poor and defenseless nation. Two US generals are relieved of their command for the deaths of more than 600 Afghanistan civilians.
    TV footage on Al Jazeera of US bombing in Afghanistan show dead women and children 24 hours a day enraging the Islamic world
    The UN forges a deal with the US to suspend aggression against Afghanistan and easy sanctions on Iraq. In return the UN will implement sanctions on Afghanistan and head an independent investigation into the Attacks on the World Trade Towers.
    The Al Qaeda terror group steps up presser on the Saudi Kingdom, Bahrain, Pakistan, Turkey and Egyptian governments. We begin to see alliances formed by terror groups been unified by a single cause, headed by Al Qaeda.
    November 2003
    Iraq and Iran continue to develop their nuclear capabilities defying UN resolutions and stalling UN Security Council action. This only increases friction between Israel and her neighbors.
    Syria creates closer ties with Iran developing a defense packed. This sees close cooperation between the armed forces of both nations.
    Israel calls this an unacceptable dangerous game by Iran and warns it could lead to unforeseen consequences.
    January 2004
    One dark night in Saddam Hussein’s privet residence Saddam and his son Uda get involved in a heated discussion. Shots ring out and Saddam is killed…and Uda and Qusay are left claiming them self’s, head of state. By no strange coincidence other high-ranking Bath party officials are killed or disappear that night. Iraq falls into turmoil, rioting and disorder erupt on the streets. The Iraqi military commanders immediately fall into line behind Saddam’s sons. However it’s not a quiet transition, troops loyal to Saddam’s family among the special Republican Guard turn on each other and the army finds its self in a state of chaos. Not missing the opportunity the Shia rebel in the South.
    Quickly backed by Iran the Shia move swift over running the country before the Army can re-orientate and re-org. Court off balance, and after Qusay is killed by members of the Fedayeen in this deepening chaotic power struggle, Uda Hussein turns to Iran in an attempt to save his own neck, effectively handing over Iraq on a plate. .
    March 2004
    As the US withdraw many of its troops from the Middle East Al Qaeda claims victory over the US and takes credit for the withdrawals. This sees a marked increase in Al Qaeda recruiting and popularity throw out the world.
    April 2004
    Iran, under pressure from the IAEA and UN, admits to a long-term nuclear program -- claiming it is only months away from becoming a nuclear state.
    Under pressure, Israel responds to the growing threat and terrorist attacks with wide reaching and heavy-handed tactics. Hitting what it calls legitimate targets within the occupied areas and within Arab states it accuses of harboring and supporting terrorist groups. Israel demands immediate action by Iran to disclose and disarm its nuclear weapons program and seeks immediate action against Iran by the international community.
    September 2004
    UN and IAEA inspectors are told to leave Iran and accused of spying for America and Israel. At the same time two bombs explode in main land US cities killing a number of civilians.
    November 2004
    Europe and US start to feel the effects of terror attacks on oil production facilities in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. OPEC struggles to maintain supply, prices sore and gas stations in the west struggle to maintain supplies. Al Qaeda targets oil production facilities in its campaign against the Saudi Kingdome.
    December 2004
    Syria spirals into unrest. Many western embassies become the targets of terror attacks through out the Middle East and Far East.
    Saudi Arabia and Kuwait experience broad civil unrest. Increasing protests against the Royal family and their ties to the west, continued attacks against oil production and infrastructure put Royal families under great strain.
    March 2005
    Explosions claim the lives of many Europeans in a series of bomb attacks, including Germany, Grate Britain, Italy and Turkey.
    May 2005
    During the night Israel lurches a series of deadly air attacks on Iranian nuclear infrastructure hitting targets throw out the country. Within hours Iran, Syria and Iraq respond with Scud missile attacks on Israel. A five day air campaign is waged against Iranian air defense, Command and control, its nuclear production and storage sites and military, in which Israel losses 4 aircraft and their pilots. Israeli Arrow missile system and US PAC3 Patriot intercept most the missiles fired at Israel, some warheads however make it throw and hit cities like Tel Aviv and Haifa. There is international out cry against Israel and a declaration of war by Iran, technically never at peace with Israel.
    UN considers sanctions on Israel. Outrage explodes into violence on the streets of many Arab nations. A sharp increase in attacks on Israeli main land and Palestinian held territories from terror groups throw out the region.
    Firefights erupt along the border regions between IDF troops and Syrian army tension runs high.
    June 2005
    In a run up to elections in Egypt extremists exploit the countries dissatisfaction with US political moves within the Middle East and Israeli intervention in Iran, the extremists gain a large support base. A popular cleric with well-known connections to terror groups, like Islamic Jihad, rises to power and calls for a new government to run the country under Shari law.
    Israeli action creates wide spread chaos within Syria and Jordan, attacks on embassy’s world wide, During large demonstrations on the Egyptian, Israeli border violence flairs and in the ensuing chaos Israeli and Egyptian troops exchange fire. The UN holds an emergency meeting in which a brake down in communications leads to a various exchange between the Israeli and Syrian ambassadors things quickly brake down into chaos, the assembly is adjourned.
    In the early hours the UN sectary is found dead. His body found in the UN Head Quarters parking lot having thrown him self from a fifth story office, his body was found to contain dangerous levels of sedative drugs.
    Iranian takes advantage of the wave of solidarity and support now offered by Arab states. Its religious leaders unify Arab Sunni leaders behind it cause and its quest for the destruction of Israel.


    • #3
      Re: War Game Middle East!

      July 2005
      Intelligence reports chaos in Middle East derived from two main contributing factors: firstly an increased cooperation at many levels between two major shadowy powers, that of Iran, and a coalition of terror groups lead by Al Qaeda. This uneasy but effective relationship is managing a two front assault against moderate Islam and western interests within the region and abroad. The moves could indicate a central, but shared, power base consisting of Al Qaeda and possible Iranian mullahs. The second major factor is Israel and the increase threat to its security and the response that demands. Aggressive action by Israel further complicates issues and plays into the hands of the extremists. This complicated situation is been manipulated effectively by this unified core of extremists. Intel reports this group maybe identifying its self as the Council of the United Islamic Front or Force and commanded by those unidentified powerful extremists from a number of Arab states and Tehran, possibly including terror groups.
      The death, and selected assassinations, of large numbers of western tourists in what was said to be an over night blood bath in North Africa resulted in the evacuation of citizens of French, British, North America and German nationality. 75 western tourists where butchered over a two day reign of terror. Gunned down and bombed on buses, in hotels and on the street.
      In a dramatic over night co Syrian government is deposed by its military, lead by a radical military commander Ali Qaed Senyan al Harthi. Israel activates reserve Divisions and begins call up of Reserve troops.
      The Royal families in both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait turn to the UN for help with defeating continued increased terror attacks against oil production facilities and members of government, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait experience broad civil unrest.
      With growing regional tension the GCC countries operating under the ‘Island Shield Defence Initiative’ begin mobilizing troops and resources.
      September 2005
      Jordan slips into chaos with wide spread disruptions, assassinations and terror attacks against government officials not seen to be taking a hard line against Israel and her allies.
      A new pact seems to emerge between Arab States. Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Egypt combine to from a coalition against UN/US intervention in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, including Israel. Calling for a Holy Jihad and the mobilization of all Muslims in the defense of Islam it now claims is under attack from the west in support of, or masterminded by, Israel. With the new alliance come increased attacks on the West and Israel with an ever-increasing civilian death toll.
      October 2005
      The Arab League of Nations assembly is stormed during an emergency meeting in Cairo by an armed group identifying its self as the C.U.I.F Council of the United Islamic Front. The group, backed by Egyptian troops, dissolved the assembly arresting many of its members. Act strongly condemned by UN and western governments.
      Iran declares its self a nuclear power, claiming despite Israeli attacks, it has developed the means that would allow it to defend its self with new and frightening capabilities.
      US and UN pressure restrains Israel from taking further action against Iran and its Neighbors but time is running out. The Israeli government is under constant and increasing pressure from its own people for decisive, preemptive action. Israeli policy demands preemptive action against any imminent threat.
      The UN Security Council prepares for a UN sanction task force to secure oil production in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and help regain national stability.
      November 2005
      Extremists sweep to power in Egypt. Europe, Israel and the US call fowl play and see the hand of terror groups in shaping public opinion and the use of threats even murder on opposing political parties.
      Jordanian government caves to C.U.I.F pressure, the Royal Family flee to safety as parts of the military seize control. Half the army remains loyal and resists the hard liners in a tense stand off threatening civil war, but the resistance is short lived and is brutally repressed. Saudi troops deploy on the border with Jordan. Saudi police defect in numbers creating grave problems for Saudi Arabia and Kuwait security forces.
      January 2006
      US intelligence learns that Iran has taken shipment of a SSBN submarine type 092 Xia SSBN from China. This causes huge concern in the West and Israel. The submarine is capable of carrying a number of nuclear-armed ballistic missiles. A heated debate follows and last minute negotiations break down, diplomatic communications with the Iran/ newly formed C.U.I.F Islamic council are suspended by the US. Embassy staff recalled.
      A UN and NATO sanctioned US led task force, ‘Operation United Cause’, (OUC) enters Saudi Arabia and finds resistance From terror groups and resistance fighters. The US and coalition troops backed by GCC forces take control and secured oil production infrastructure and oil fields. These units are to support the Saudi Kingdom in maintaining national stability by direct support to Saudi and Kuwaiti police and military. Coalition consists of the US, UK, Germany, Spain, Canada and Australia. There is an outcry from the CUIF in Tehran at the deployments issuing strong threats against any deployment escalation.
      February 2006
      UN officials, having been threatened, are told to leave Iraq as US and UN pressure fail to make headway on treaty talks regarding nuclear weapon and other WMD programs.
      Iran deploys war ships into the Straits of Hormuz, threatens blockade in response to OUC.
      In response to Australia’s support and deployment in the Gulf States terrorists bomb three airliners in Australia killing over 200 people. Public outrage only strengthens Australia's commitment to the coalition in the Middle East.
      Intelligence reports show closer cooperation between Iran and the now powerful Al Qaeda terror group after the deployment of UN forces into the Gulf.
      March 2006
      An official announcement on all Arab TV networks by leading clerics from Iran and Egypt confirm the formation of a new Islamic coalition or Islamic revolution throughout the Middle East, the governments of Iran, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Afghanistan and Libya have pledged allegiance to the Supreme Islamic nation (SIN). This is the brainchild of a group calling its self the C.U.I.F (Council of the United Islamic Front). This group will now dominate all aspects of Arab life. Under its shadow the League of Arab Nations is dissolved.
      Under C.U.I.F supervision, Islamic states, often referred to as the Supreme Islamic Nation, begin to reequip and train their armies with ambitious programs and new weapons systems. The C.U.I.F create a new defensive alliance the UIF (United Islamic Force). Israel warns the Arab states it will not tolerate any threat to its security or a fundamental Islamic state to develop nuclear weapons and sees such a progression as an act of war!
      July 2006
      Russia, China and North Korea begin shipping large arms deals to UIF states. Russia breaks its 1995 agreement at the Clinton-Yeltsin summit and begins unprecedented arms delivery to Tehran, and other Middle Eastern country’s. Relations between the Middle East and West break down, heavy civilian casualties in Arab states at the hands of Israeli cross border strikes, in response to continued terror attacks, enrage and inflame an already unstable and troubled Arab world. All Western countries suspend arms trading with Middle Eastern UIF states.
      August 2006
      Iraq announces plans to reactivate its own nuclear weapons program. Israeli military begins intensive maneuvers. In Jordan, Syria and Egypt Arab troops take up defensive postures and mobilize reserves. Reported military clashes with Israeli and Egyptian units result in an increase in tension. Arms and equipment flow into the Middle East over the next two years as the UIF rebuild and re-train their forces.
      March 2009
      UIF conducts combined army exercises. Iranian, Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian forces take part in extensive military manoeuvres in the Syrian and Jordanian deserts. Iran fires on Coalition war ships in the Straits of Hormuz, two oil tankers stricken.

      June 2009
      The UK and Germany begin deployment of heavy combat forces in support of OUC. Canada prepares to deploy second stabilization Brigade to OUC. Western nations increases fleet activity in the Indian Ocean, US deploys carrier battle group in support of OUC.
      UIF mass troops north of Kuwait, both in Iraq and Iran. Iran also strengthens defences of its southern coastline.
      December 2009

      Egyptian 3rd Army moves into the Sinai. Israel declares a state of war will exist between Israel and Egypt if Egyptian forces do not begin to withdraw within 48 hours, and with any Arab state that is judged to threaten its borders. The US sends an emergency diplomatic team to Israel and urge the Israeli government not to carry out any preemptive attacks on its neighbors. In return for peace talks, the US assures Israel that US forces will be deployed to help secure Israel against Arab aggression.
      Iraq and Iran along with Syria and Jordan begin to mobilize and mass large forces as a response to the announcement of US troops been deployed to Israel, and what they see as a direct threat to Arab states. These forces march under the banner of the U.I.F.

      December 2009

      U.I.F troops from Iraq and Iran enter Jordan and Syria. The C.U.I.F issues demands to Israel:
      1) All US troops must leave Israeli soil and/or…
      2)…Israel must withdraw from the occupied areas.
      "If the demands are not met, and there are no clear signs of Zionist policy change within 14 days, then the UIF would take these moves, or lack of, as a sign of direct and immediate aggression against the Islamic nations and its Palestinian brothers and would act decisively".
      Over the following days a huge Arab army begins to mobilize and threatens Israel. The USA, in support of Israel, escalates its deployment plans and spearheads the formation of a defensive coalition the C.F.M.E (Coalition Force Middle East): a military coalition consisting of the US, UK, Germany, Canada, Spain, Italy, and Australia.
      Having had sufficient time Israel has organized and equipped reserve divisions to replace regular troops in Israel’s front line defense. With Arab army’s dug in around Israel, Arab saber rattling continues, as do preparations for war and troop training. The morale of the Arab leadership, its people and its troops remains high.

      France abstains and refuses to deploy troops as part of a NATO sanctioned force or under the US-led CFME. Russia also protests the recent US deployments, as do China.

      Pakistan declares marshal law as militant Islamic insurgents clash with state police and army in heavy firefights.

      Attacks on Israel and within the Palestinian territories and northern border spike as Hammas and Hezbollah steps up their operational tempo.

      January 2010

      Turkish troops, on high alert, occupy defensive potions along their Southern border with Syria, Iraq and Iran. As part of its commitment to NATO, Turkey is asked to release military units for offensive operations with other NATO units in the area as part of the CFME, Turkey refuses. Nor will Turkey allow foreign troops, US or NATO, used for offensive operations to be based on Turkish soil.
      The first US troops arrive in Israel with orders to prepare contingence plans with the IDF to defend it from an Arab attack as the UN and other organizations attempt to broker a last minute peace settlement. But in the closing hours hopes fade, and the world prepares its self for what is been called WWIV.

      Operations Planning Group (OPG) to form and begin exploring possible courses of action.


      • #4
        Re: War Game Middle East!

        Game mechanics:
        The scenario set in the year 2010. With some imagination its possible to create a nightmare scenario for this region creating a main theater war. The scenario creates a massive combined and considerably enhanced Arab army that threatens to destroy Israel, its neighbor states and western oil and energy interests. Opposed by a US led coalition to aid Israel in her defense and a US led, NATO sanctioned, Intervention force in the Gulf region. I don’t see Israel working under CENTCOM but as a separate command and primarily concerned with surviving the initial stages of such a war. But I would like some advice from Israelis on that.

        Members of Blue and OPFOR are a mixture of friends from around the world lending there abilities and acting as the command structure, the decision makers, the planers, as theater command or field commanders. Each group, or side, will organize its self into strategic, operational and tactical level commands, commanding air, ground and sea forces. The game is controlled by the game administration with absolute situation awareness. This game is complicated and designed to last a long time, id like to make so its capable of supporting a large number of players. The action phase or conflict resolution will be run in a number of different ways, one of the methods used will be presented and used in the game.

        The players fill various command appointments and take on the responsibilities of that command. Each command ideally would be able to shear its reasonability’s among groups or other players that have organized them self’s into Staff appointments, its all up to the players. Various commands cater for the strategic and operational level starting at theater commander or unified commander. Other command appointments include Division and even Brigade, focus on the tactical level, should there be sufficient interest. The players will communicate via the web site forum. A forum is set up for both BLUFOR and OPFOR. Each command group will be able to organize its own structure, its designated web page and those subordinate units or commands.

        The game is designed so that those individuals playing the various command appointments need not devote a lot of time to game play, understanding you all have real and busy lives.

        The command groups make dictions based on information provided on the web site either by the game admin, regards info like JSTAR and other intel, or events on the battle field in the form of after action reports. Once the various command groups have decided on a cause of action, the action phase, or conflict resolution, begins. The results are then provided for the cycle to repeat. Each cycle will represent one hour on the battlefield.

        The web site consists of two sections OPFOR and BLUFOR, each password protected allowing only relevant members access.

        Each side has a number of pages providing information needed by the command groups. Players are welcome to use information from off site sources, and adapt and change information they feel is incorrect or just inaccurate prier to the games starting or deployment phase.

        Information like unit order of battle was collected from open Internet sources. In addition information was created to fill gaps and in some cases, like OPFOR order of battle, largely invented to accommodate the scenario.

        At the core of the site are the 30 ONC maps covering the Middle East. To make sure ‘every one is working on the same map’ a large number of ONC (Operational Navigation Charts) maps are available to both sides. Overlays of relevant unit disposition and other relevant information will be added and updated on each game phase to each map displayed. Also less detailed overview maps will be available for quick strategic assessment or an area of focus.




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