No enemy of the United States has escaped the cunning and bravery of Captain Zakkova Ikanovich, a fifteen-year veteran of the US Navy SEALs. After a highly decorated career that includes the killing of Osama Bin Laden, Ikanovich and his 140-pound King Cobra snake retire. But the president of the United States and his advisors are not about to let Ikanovich's skills go unused.
He is hired as a private citizen to undertake black covert operations and eliminate some of the world's worst terrorists and heads of state. Ikanvoich's exploits run the gamut: He blows up Iran's nuclear centrifuges in QomIran, setting back Iran's nuclear warhead ambitions by years. He assassinates Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. He attacks and destroys the Sinaloa cartel's major headquarters and cocaine processing facility. He kills thirty Muslim Brotherhood members who try to invade his home. Throughout his missions, Ikanovich befriends a motorcycle gang and becomes their guardian angel against rival gangs and the police.
For the formidable Ikanovich, no mission seems too dangerous or too difficult as he seeks to protect the United States from evil forces.
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By Patrick E. Thomas
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Chapter OneThe night was pitch black as the two stealth Raven helicopters approached the targeted landing zone at the border of Pakistan and Iran. The Ravens were the latest in advanced technology rotor craft. They could cruise at Mach .8 and had a range of 2,000 miles. The skins on the Ravens were radar-impregnable and could withstand a direct hit from an RPG suffering no damage whatsoever. They were heavily armed. They carried four Hellfire air to surface missiles and six air-to-air AIM-9X Sidewinder heat seeking missiles. They also had mounted in recessed compartments two 50 caliber Gatling guns. These two Ravens had launched from the USS Enterprise in the Gulf of Persia about two hours before. Each Raven had a cargo of six US Navy SEALs aboard. This was the famous SEAL Team 6, the same SEAL Team that killed Osama bin Laden about two years before. They were led by Captain Zakkova Ikanovich. Zakkova was an extraordinary specimen. He stood 6'8" and weighed 350 pounds of solid muscle. People would stare at him like he was some type of god because his was so big and incredibly handsome. Their mission tonight was to locate and terminate Ayman al-Zawahiri, the new leader of Al Qaida after Osama bin Laden was killed by this same team of SEALs about two years ago. HUMINT (human intelligence) had revealed that al-Zawahiri was sheltered in a compound in the Iranian town of Zehedan, which was only fifteen miles from the Pakistani border and the SEAL's landing zone. The Ravens were to land on Pakistani soil right at the border of Iran and Pakistan. The SEALs would have to hump the fifteen miles from the Ravens to Zehedan.
The SEALS in the Ravens scouted around the landing zone, using infrared goggles to make sure no one was near the landing zone. The Ravens made virtually no noise and the interior lights were set in NVG mode to make them invisible in the dark night air. After assuring themselves that no hostiles were in the area, the Ravens lightly touched down on the landing zone. Captain Ikanovich led his team out of the first Raven and then moved them to the second Raven to meet up with the other six SEALs. The SEALs were all dressed in black with their faces charcoaled to make them indistinguishable in the night sky. They all wore the latest in technology infrared vision goggles. Their goggles, the latest development in night vision, were made by SA Photonics and were called the High Resolution Night Vision System, HRVNS for short. These were infrared thermal imaging goggles that illuminated objects by their heat source in the infrared light spectrum. The light head mounted display offers an 82.5 degree of high-definition vision versus 40 degrees for regular NVGs.
"Mike, you take point and I'll be right behind you. All you other men fall into a single file line and follow Mike and me. Let's move it guys," commanded Zakkova.
"Aye, aye sir, we're ready to march."
The terrain from the landing zone to Zehedan was mostly flat desert so the men chopped up the fifteen miles quickly. Mike, the point man, had a GPS tracker with the coordinates of al-Zawahiri's compound programmed into it. It was just a matter of following the GPS milestones until they came upon the compound.
The SEALs stopped about a mile from the compound, which was sitting on a knoll with no other structures around it. Zakkova did some recon by focusing his generation 3 infrared binoculars on the compound. There was a ten foot wall surrounding the compound, with a main gate manned by four guards.
"Okay men we're going through the front door of this one. Jesse, Dave take out those four guards at the main gate," directed Zakkova.
Jesse and Dave lay down flat on the ground and unfolded their state-of-the-art sniper rifles. Jesse was just over six feet tall and weighed one hundred and ninety pounds of solid muscle. Dave was only about five foot eight but was tightly compacted with bulging muscles. They were M40A1s that were a special sniper rifle developed for the Marine Corp snipers by craftsmen at Quantico Virginia. These guns had a range of 3,000 yards and were equipped with powerful infrared scopes. Both rifles had sound suppressors attached to the muzzles of the guns. The SEALs aimed carefully and fired off two rounds apiece. The bullets struck the four guards in their heads, which showed up in the rifle scopes as pink mists.
After Jesse and Dave had taken out the front gate guards, the SEALs ran to the gate as fast as they could to secure it. When they got there they moved the dead guards' bodies into the guard house and then looked inside to determine how many security cameras were operating and where they were focused. They used their infrared goggles to find out if there were any other guards roaming outside of the compound. They spotted two guards in the front and two guards in the back of the building pacing back and forth over the lush landscaping. These guards would have to be neutralized before the SEALs could enter the building.
"Jerry, Zack take out the guards in the front and back of the building. When you're done signal me with two mike clicks and then station yourselves at the back of the building in case anyone tries to escape. Mike, stay at the guard house and radio me if anyone approaches the compound," said Zakkova.
Zakkova then threw three baseball sized globes onto the lawn in front of the building. These were electronic camera jammers that would make the security cameras freeze on the last frame they were on. These were made by a high tech company called Inverse Technologies who dealt exclusively with the U.S. government. They made sophisticated electronic devices that could do amazing things. They also owned the most powerful super computers in the world that enabled them to hack into any computer system in the world. They fed a constant stream of intel to the NSA and CIA.
When Zakkova got the two mike clicks from Jerry and Zack, he quickly led the nine other SEALs to the front door of the building. The building was three stories high, and they assumed that al-Zawahiri would be in one of the rooms on the third floor. Zakkova opened the door and rolled another camera jammer into the foyer. This disabled the security cameras on the first floor entrance. Zakkova then moved from room to room on the first floor, clearing them of any hostiles. He found one man in the family room watching TV. He snuck up behind him and silently slit his throat with his EK combat knife. The first floor was now cleared.
The inside of the building was opulently decorated. There was a large winding staircase in the middle of the lobby that led to the second and third floors. The SEALs made their way up the staircase to the second floor where Zakkova rolled out another camera jammer. There were six doors on the second floor separating different rooms. They moved to the first door on the right and pressed their infrared goggles on the door to find out how many people were in the room. The goggles showed that there were two people in the room standing close together. Zakkova lightly tapped the door with the muzzle of his silenced HK53 submachine gun. The camera showed one of the persons heading for the door. The other person stayed where he was directly in the path of the doorway. This would make for an easy second kill shot. When the door opened Zakkova gave the man answering the door a double tap to the head with his HK53 killing the man instantly. Zakkova quickly took aim at the second man and gave him a triple tap to the head with his submachine gun.
The SEALs moved to the first door on the left. The infrared goggles showed that the room was unoccupied. Just then Zakkova got a radio call from Mike at the guard house.
"Zakkova, I see an Iranian military vehicle heading our way," said Mike. Mike was a wiry man with lean muscles but he was very strong.
"Take them out. Use the suppressed 50 caliber machine gun. Make sure you get them all. Be careful when you approach the back of the vehicle. Radio me when you're done," ordered Zakkova.
"Aye, aye sir, it will be done."
The military vehicle turned out to be a full two ton covered truck with two men in the front seat. When it got to about one hundred yards from the gate, Mike left the guard house and positioned himself in the middle of the driveway. When the truck got to within twenty-five yards of the guard house Mike let loose with a barrage of 50 caliber rounds from his machine gun. Glass shards from the windshield scattered everywhere. The truck rolled forward a few more feet and then stopped. Mike walked up to the truck and looked inside of the truck cabin. He saw the driver and his passenger shredded to pieces from the 50 caliber rounds. Blood and tissue were pasted all over the cab of the truck. He then went to the back of the truck and carefully opened the flaps of the canvas covering. The truck bed was filled with weapons, AK74s, MP3s, RPGs and hundreds of Glock 17s. Mike went back to the guard house where his back pack was and retrieved two blocks of C4 explosives with remote detonators. He went back to the truck and set the C4 blocks in the bed and activated the remote detonators.
"Zakkova, the vehicle has been neutralized. The back of the truck was filled with weapons. I set it up so we can have some fireworks when we leave," Mike radioed Zakkova.
"Good job, Mike. I can't wait to see what you've come up with. We'll be done here in about ten more minutes."
Meanwhile back in the building, Zakkova and the SEALs kept checking the six rooms on the second floor. They found two young girls inside the second room on the left. They were probably there for al-Zawahiri's pleasures. They cuffed their wrists and ankles and put duct tape over their mouths. The second and third rooms on the right were empty. At the doorway to the third room on the left the infrared goggles showed four people in the room. This had to be the security room. The men inside were probably watching the security monitors for intruders. There were two men seated on the left side of the room and two on the right side.
"Doug, you take out the two on the left side of the room. I'll take care of the ones on the right," says Zakkova. Doug was six feet five and weighed around two hundred and fifty pounds. But he was surprisingly quick for such a big man.
Zakkova tapped the door with the muzzle of his HK53 submachine gun. The first man on the left came to the door
"Who is it and what do you want?" asked the man.
Zakkova responded in perfect unaccented Arabic, "It is Muhammad. I have some important requests from the Emir that I need you to take care of."
When the man opened the door a crack, Zakkova kicked it in with his size fifteen boot. The blow knocked the door off of its hinges and broke the nose of the man who had opened it. Zakkova wasted no time in killing him and the second man on the left with his HK53. Doug quickly stepped in the room and took out the two men seated on the right side of the room. The second floor was now secured and the security station was out of order.
The SEALs moved up to the third floor. There was only one door for the whole floor. Zakkova concluded that the third floor must be al-Zawahiri's suite. The infrared goggles showed four people in the room and one of them was al-Zawahiri. There was one person sitting alone on the left side wall and three others that were grouped together on the other side of the room.
"Okay men this is it. We've got four hostiles in the room. One is al-Zawahiri. We're going to have to break down the door and enter the room and kill everyone but al-Zawahiri. Do not shoot al-Zawahiri. I have something special in mind for him. We'll have the element of surprise so this should not be difficult. Everyone rushes in when I knock down the door. You ready? Let's go," directed Zakkova.
Zakkova knocked down the door by crashing his massive forearm into it. The men rushed into the room and took up positions. Al-Zawahiri was sitting in a big stuffed chair watching child pornography on TV. The other three men were sitting at a table playing cards. The SEALs quickly dispatched the three men at the table by blowing their brains out with their high caliber rounds of ammunition. The SEALs were so fast that the men didn't have time to grab their pistols sitting on the table. Zakkova went immediately to where al-Zawahiri was seated and put him at gun point.
"What's the meaning of this you scoundrels? You will die horrible deaths when my men get to you," shouted al-Zawahiri in perfect English. Al-Zawahiri was a small man with a big belly.
"Sorry Al but your porn party is over. My, my, a devout Muslim such as you watching that trash. I'm sure Allah is taking note of that. By the way your men are pretty much indisposed right now. They won't be coming for us anytime soon. And it appears that your glorious terrorist career is about to come to an end."
"You sorry infidels, how much cash do you want? I can make you all millionaires," pleaded al-Zawahiri.
"We didn't come here to get rich asshole. We came to put the most despicable terrorist pig out of business."
"How dare you call me a pig? You may kill me but there are thousands of brave men and women dedicated to our cause. Someone will replace me and we'll continue our attacks on you kafirs until you and the Zionist dogs are wiped off the face of the earth. Then the Muslims will rule the world under Sharia law," said al-Zawahiri.
"You have big dreams Al but you'll never see that day come. Good will always prevail over evil like all through the ages. You pigs kill women and children. You will surely rot in hell for that."
Zakkova then walked over to al-Zawahiri and removed his glasses.
"What! Give me back my glasses infidel."
"You won't need them where you're going Al."
Zakkova then removed the pack from his back and laid it down on the floor in front of him. He opened it up and removed a one hundred foot one hundred and forty pound red King Cobra.
"I have someone I want you to meet Al. Strike neck Max!"
Max the King Cobra sprung to action immediately and was on al-Zawahiri's lap in a split second. Al-Zawahiri screamed out in fear. He had never seen a snake that large and menacing before. Max rose up to eye level with al-Zawahiri and then spit venom into his eyes that permanently blinded him. Al-Zawahiri screamed out in pain. Next Max struck al-Zawahiri's neck on the left side and tore out his carotid artery with his four-inch needle-sharp fangs. Max then tore out al-Zawahiri's right carotid artery. Al-Zawahiri's blood started gushing out both sides of his neck. He would bleed out and die in less than two minutes.
"David, did you record all of this on the camera?" asked Zakkova.
"Yes, I got it all along with the rest of the mission so far," said David pointing at his camera. David was tasked with filming the raid to prove that the mission was successful.
"Good. Here Max, come here boy for a treat."
Max quickly climbed off al-Zawahiri's lap and crawled over to Zakkova. Zakkova gave Max a big chunk of milk chocolate and Max was in heaven. Chocolate was his favorite food.
"That snake is unbelievable. How did you make him tame and so smart?" asked Bill.
"Oh, Max is a special creature. I love him with all of my heart and he loves me."
Zakkova then put Max back into his bag and slung it over his shoulder. To give an idea how strong Zakkova was, he carried Max who weighed one hundred and forty pounds plus one hundred pounds of gear like the rest of the SEALs did.
"Roger, do you have our calling card ready?" asked Zakkova.
"Yes, Zakkova just let me take it out of my pack."
From his pack Roger removed a pig's head and placed it on al-Zawahiri's lap. This would be the ultimate insult to Muslims because the Quran forbids the eating of pork because it considers the pig to be the vilest of creatures on earth. Muslims kill pigs whenever they see one.
"Okay men, mission accomplished. Let's get out of this shithole," commanded Zakkova. "Dave, make sure we recover all of the camera jammers both inside and outside of the building."
The jammers had transponders on them so they were easy to locate. The SEALs left the building and headed for the gate.
"Jerry, Zack we're done here so meet us at the gate."
When Jerry and Zack came around the front to the gate Zakkova asked Mike to set off his little fireworks display. Once everyone was clear of the truck Mike removed the remote control for the detonators and pushed the button to explode the C4 in the bed of the truck. A huge explosion followed by a big red fireball lit up the dark night sky. It was quite a spectacle.
"Well, if no one knew we were here they do now," said Zakkova.
The SEALs started hiking back to the Ravens with a spring in their step. About five miles from the compound Zakkova heard something.
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