Operation: Black Phoenix

Operation: Black Phoenix 1.2

August 2nd, 2016

Donestsk, Ukraine

   Our mission appears to have been a success. After spending several days surveilling the abandoned factory and covertly setting up a series of remotely operated explosives, we waited for the gun smugglers and their prospective buyers to arrive for their scheduled rendezvous. When the two parties arrived, precisely at midnight last night, and we were able to positively ID the leader of the gun smugglers, Vasili Salenko, a known Russian arms dealer, we set off the charges taking down most of the targets. Then, using night vision optics, and close quarter tactics, we picked off the rest. Once the sight was secured, we quickly scooped up the diamonds, grabbed a case of weapons and ammo, and fled the scene as we heard sirens approaching. Having already anonymously tipped off the national police force, we could only hope that the rest of the weapons would end up in the proper hands.

 

October 5th, 2016

Bucharest, Romania

   Despite our best efforts, it seems evident that our operation in Donetsk did not go without a hitch. Chatter on the dark web indicates that Vasili Salenko somehow survived and is seeking revenge. He has offered a reward for information on the hit in Donetsk. It appears we may have some cleaning up to do. Unfortunately, I have been unable to track him down. So I have contacted an old friend of mine, Georg Rudek. Georg and I go way back and though he has a rather shady past, he has proven to be a very useful ally in intelligence gathering, particularly in the area of arms dealing in eastern Europe. If anyone can track down Vasili Salenko, Georg can, and Georg owes me a favor.

 

October 23rd, 2016

Yerevan, Armenia

   It is done. Thanks to the resources of Georg Rudek, we were able to locate Vasili Salenko in Yerevan, as he was laying low in a den far from the beaten path. Using a warehouse and shipping business as a cover, he was attempting to rebuild his network. But, once again, we spent a few days surveilling the place and devising a plan. When we were ready, we used a combination of subterfuge, stealth and sound combat tactics to cripple and eliminate our targets.

   After I cutoff communications to the warehouse, Alexei went in posing as a potential customer to speak with Vasili and distract him. Watkins then set off several tear gas canisters from a rigged truck inside the warehouse, while we moved in and surrounded the warehouse. Using silencers, we took out the guards around the warehouse and donned our gas masks. It was then a simple matter of picking off the enemy one by one as they struggled against the tear gas. Vasili and his two bodyguards proved to be slightly more challenging. But this time we made sure to put a bullet in his brain. One of the mooks managed to get past us and make a run for it. But Tony chased him down and finished him with a knife. When it was over, we staged the scene to make it look like a local gang had made the hit.

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Operation: Black Phoenix 1.1

Adan Girard

Ex-CIA Analyst/Computer Expert

July 16th, 2016

Berlin, Germany

   As of two days ago, having fled from my hotel room in Warsaw, Poland, I became a fugitive from the CIA. After many years spent in the agency, being witness to a world of distortion, secrecy and corruption, where lies are often told to support more lies, I have, at last, decided I can take no more. I want the truth to be told. I believe the world has the right to know. To that end, it was my intention to smuggle out a host of files that I would then reveal to all and thus provide proof positive of government conspiracy, including, among other things, detailed reports on illegal interrogation methods being conducted at a secret black site facility near Szymany Airport, 160 miles north of Warsaw.

   Unfortunately, just prior to my planned defection from the CIA, I became aware that some of my colleagues and superiors had suspected my intentions and I was forced to make a sudden and early departure, narrowly escaping a raid on my hotel room. I therefore was unable to obtain the files that I had planned to take with me and now do not have the proof I had hoped to show the world. The good news though, is that with no stolen files, the agency will likely not put as much effort into tracking me down. But I have no intention of letting any unforeseen setbacks stop me now. Somehow, someway, I will get the proof I need. And when I have enough, all will be revealed.

   My objective now is to take what intel I have retained, apply all the skills I have developed so far and use them to avoid capture, while finding some means of reacquiring the necessary proof. However, should I fail at any point to reach my objective, I will leave behind this running report on all of my activities taken towards this goal, which I shall henceforth refer to as Operation: Black Phoenix.

   Having checked into a low budget hotel here in Berlin, under an alias and paid for with cash, I have contacted an acquaintance of mine, a former Russian interrogator (also trained in medicine among his many attributes) by the name of Alexei Tretiak, using an online codename. We have agreed to meet and it is my hope that I can convince him to aid me in my endeavors, as I believe him to share many of the same views as I. With any luck, he may prove to be a valuable ally.

July 19th, 2016

   I have met with Alexei and we have spoken at great length about our current goals and objectives, both individual and mutual. I made a proposal to him about an operation that I was considering and he was very interested. As a result, we have decided to try and put together a team, at least temporarily, to see if we can develop a feasible plan for my proposed operation. But we will need to be quick about it though, as the window for this operation will be brief and soon in its arrival.

July 25th, 2016

   With little time to spare, we have managed to put together our team. Including myself and Alexei, we have added a South African explosives and mechanics expert by the name of Watkin Jones and a German born sniper and surveillance expert by the name of Klaus (last name unknown), two men I have worked with in the past as they both were members of Blackwater. Our fifth member comes with the recommendation of Alexei. Although he is the least known member of the team, Alexei assures me he is loyal since Alexei once treated him for bullet wounds and saved his life. An ex-bodyguard for the Camorra mafia in Naples, he goes by the name of Tony Novelli and brings to the team some much needed skills in combat, driving and piloting.

   With our team now assembled, we have devised a plan to intercept a meeting between a gun smuggling operation and their Russian-sympathizing buyers in Donetsk, Ukraine. Hoping to prevent any uprising of Russian militants in the area and a violation of the 2014 Geneva Pact, as well as helping ourselves to our pick of the weapons and the funds to pay for them, said to be in the form of smuggled diamonds, we will soon be setting out for Ukraine.

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