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Kanium Sunday 3rd of July "Operation Zulfiqar" by Nike-Ajax


For all players: From now on we will be there about 30 minutes before go time to test everything. If it isnt sorted before GO time, then we will have to start the game at the allotted time, for the benefit of all the other players.


Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 


World Clock 1800 GMT (Same time as always in Europe - adjusted for Daylight Savings Time: click the time below for your local time) 


World clock 1800 GMT



This SB session may be recorded with video and sound and uploaded, including to a public youtube or Twitch channel. 



I suggest to all who play with us download and install Chris mappack:


ChrisReb Mappack V.4


Untile further notice will be working with this mappack and the official one when making scenarios.


AS always, then we are running the session with the latest version of Steelbeasts.


Everybody is Welcome: you don't have to belong to Kanium. We love playing with you all, the arranger and CO loves you even more if you sign up in advance 😁















Operation Zulfiqar

25' th of July 2023

SB Mission by Nike-Ajax


Techical and Scenario info:

This is a big scenario. Hence then there are no off map smoke missions and callsigns destroyed is set to disappear after 60 seconds. This is to keep server stable.

Map Updates, Map View and Friendly ID is set to ON.
0. Background


UIF Having struck the first blow in Turkey, and suffering a severe tactical defeat, seemed to back off.

And UIF have since and in the last 2 months gone into dialogue and negotiations with Turkey to stop the war with them specifically, including secret talks which from what have been leaked unoficcially includes UIF support in dealing with the Kurds.  


International sanctions however have been expanded and UIF is increasingly isolated.

This have not stopped them though.


Firstly because of the volume of oil that they now control, which makes it hard to bypass them.
Secondly because countries already under other sanctions have expanded their cooperation formally and informally, making the sanctions rather less effective than hoped.


Combined with the defeat in Turkey, then this however have had the consequence, that the UIF leadership have come under increasing internal pressure.


But also that the old enemies so first and foremost Saudi Arabia, who right or wrong consider themselves the leaders and defenders of Sunni moslems everywhere.


This is an ancient conflict, that has been simmering in the modern era since 1979, and has been accelerated by a series of proxy wars, including in Yemen.


So while the international community had its focus in the northern and western part of the area that UIF controls, then they struck South.

And struck hard.

They amassed and sent forth a very large force that in quick order fought through Kuwaits defence. Officially they did  this to protect the around 40% minority of Shia moslems in Kuwait.


They did not stop there however, as they pushed forward into Northern Saudi Arabia along several axis.


It is becoming increasingly clear, that the Operation in Turkey was a decoy or at least a very minor operation compared to the actual goal:

Of attacking and toppling the Saudi royal house, presumably to make it either a part of UIF, or remove the perceived threat.

Saudi arabia and its allies have woved holy war, but they have been unable to dislodge the attackers.


Particularly as terrorists have struck at many targets in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, and insurgents have popped up, thus tying up ressources and men. And also creatin political turbulence internally from religious minorities.


The west have promised help, but this has until now primarily been in the form of even more sanctions. And with the same lack of success.


But China and Russia have blocked an actual resulution in the Security Council of UN and unofficially aided UIF with weapons and other support, so for now Saudi Arabia and its middleaeastern allies stand alone, as even Turkey have chosen not to attack UIF.

I. Situation
0430 Local Time, sunrise at 0506 and sunset at 18:52


Clear sky with no chance of rain, 35 degrees Centigrade and LOS 3000 Km. Wind direction SW at 1 m/s


In line with the previous events in Turkey, and combined with the defacto but undeclared war that has existed between Iran and Saudi Arabia since 1979, we expected an attack.


But we did not expect that UIF would strike so hard. Or that would basically copy the attack plan of Iraq leading up to the 1991 Gulf war.

Less than 2 week after initial hostilities with Saudi Arabia, and while they were still in negotiations with the Turks, they attacked Kuwait.

Using a combination of different weapon types , drones and terrorist attacks, they quickly and violently rolled over Kuwaiti defences.
They then quickly rolled on and a short distance into Saudi Arabia, and took the town of Khafji.


As far as we can tell and guess, they wanted to take it for political reasons.

Militarily then they have amassed forces further west.


And in fact seem to attempt to create a mirror image of the plan that the Coalition used to defeat Iraq in 1991, so a large right hook going towards south and west. Not only threatening us but also Jordan and Israel.

This means that a lot of the forces we have at our disposal, have been allocated further west. This leaves us with fewer forces than we would like, to execute the attack to free Khafji.


But for political reasons, then this attack needs  to be executed regardless.

Since they took Khafji, then UIF forces have worked literally day and night creating what they believe is basically an impregnable defence. However no defence is impregnable and even though they are heavily fortified including minefields, wire obstacles, tank ditches and bunkers, then they have older platforms and weapons.
Our Taskforce BOW, as part of an ADHOC BDE(+) Battlegroup, have been tasked with this mission. You will be outnumbered but not outfought.

From INTEL, then it is clear that the Enemy have prepared extensive and deep defences towards to our west and will have them covered by indirect fire and a mixture of forces.

You are cleared to use all weapons at your disposal with extreme prejudice in all of the AO, including FIRES in the Urban areas. And you have the full weight of the BTN and DIV artillery at your call.

Terrain and Ground

The terrain in our AO is deceptively flat and open desert. In reality there are many areas which are slightly broken and allthough not big differences in height, still enough to hide ENY units.


So be VERY careful not to underestimate the effects of the terrain, combined with the fact that the ENY is heavily entrenched.

It is desert with little to no vegetation, but with a few scattered lightly forested areas.  

Enemy Forces.

The Enemy to our overall front, and in our part of the AO (see map reference and TF boundaries) is a Battalion sized(+) combined UIF Force. From Intel, both HUMINT and SIGINT then this seems to be at least the following:

One Light motorized Irregular COY made up of Hezbollah fighters under UIF command. Expected to be riding in technicals with an assortment of heavy weapons, including RCL, HMG and ATGMs. Estimated strength around 5 PLts in groups of 3 callsigns.

One reinforced RECON COY, with estimated around 4 PLTs Scorpion light tanks of 4 callsigns.

One MECHINF COY, estimated around 4 PLTs BMP-2s of 4 callsigns

One MECHINF COY, Estimated around 4 PLTs BTR-80s of 4 callsigns

One Tank COY with Chieftain Mk. 5s, estimated at around 4 PLTs of 4 callsigns.

One Tank COY with updated T-72s, estimated to be equivalent to T-72M4 with thermals and around 4 PLTs with 4 callsigns.

A few independent Tank Platoons estimated at 1-2 PLT, of equivalent to T72B1 m. 1984, in PLTs of 4 callsigns

Confidence about which is MEDIUM to HIGH

Added to which is a light screening force around the OBJ and STRONG ENY AA and AAA units spread out around the Airport and some but unknown numbers around the ENY HQ. Confidence about that is HIGH.

We expect the ENY to be experienced and their ammunition the best they can get.


HQ have promised that other operations, so Supporting attacks from TF Cutlass and TF Arrow, to your South and North respectively, will deny the ENY of any further planned reinforcements from respectively SOUTH and North beyond what is described above and below. Confidence about  that is HIGH.


There is however a ENY QRF to the NW (Reference Maptrace), estimated at BTN (-) size. Confidence about that is HIGH


ENY have a HQ positioned further NE, vicinity of the Oil facilities, which is expected to be lightly defended, reference map trace. Confidence about which is HIGH.

Finally you have a risk of some scattered remnants of ENY units will leak into your AO, from FRIENDLY  forces pushing them back to the North- and Southwest (reference map). Unknown numbers, but expected as few and scattered at most. And with the same composition as the ENY COY´s outlined above. Confidence about which is LOW to MEDIUM:  


From our INTEL sources and from what we have seen lately, the UIF will spread these out in a defensive posture reinforced with heavy obstacles, mines and defence. So form these into Mixed COYs. Confidence about that is HIGH.


We have had information that the ENY has held back a QRF Force (Reference Map Trace), to assist in this AO. It is estimated that this is about 1 x Tank COY and 1 x MECH INF COY. We expect then to be allocated in the sector where we hit them hardest, and with a preference to defending the Airport.

So likely in your sector. We have NO intel on response time. They will likely try to conduct an aggressive counterattack if allowed. Confidence is Medium to High


The Enemy is on the Defence and have constructed heavy defences including Anti-Tank ditches, Obstacles and minefields in your AO, Reference Map Trace, which they will likely use as a foundation for their defence and defensive posture. Confidence about that is HIGH.

Thus we expect stubborn defence with local and limited Counterattacks - Apart from the expected push from the ENY QRF outlined above. We also expect them to attempt local ambushes including using ATGMs.

From SIGINT and knowing their SOP, then we know that the ENY have access to Artillery in substantial but unknown amounts. We expect primarily HE and Smoke with a very limited number of ICM, if any. But they will use everything they have, so expect indirect fire if you linger too long in one place. Confidence is HIGH.

Finally be prepared for the risk of remnants of ENY units being pushed back to the NW and SW of your AO, per above. These will most likely - if they actually emerge - be used to assist where ever they are needed most. Confidence is MEDIUM.


The ENY is experienced and highly motivated both politically and religiously. We expect them literally to fight to the death. So expect no mercy from them. Confidence is HIGH.

Friendly Forces.

We have overall limited local air superiority, but NOT in your sector around OBJ Djinn.


This is primarily due to very strong local Ground based Air defence around the Airport to the West. But also because our ressources are stretched to the limit. So we can ill afford more losses to neither rotary nor fixed wing assets.

We have friendly forces to our North and South (Reference Map Trace) in our immediate vicinity, which will follow and match our progress towards the West, and coordinated by BDE command. But they will NOT push past their w maximum line of exploitation (See Map Trace).

Do NOT push past TF Boundary lines South or North or you will be taken under fire by friendly units, and risk destruction, reference Map trace.
Our Taskforce Bow consists of 4 x tank platoons of M1A2 (SEP) as well as 4 x mechanized infantry platoon of M2A2 (ODS) and 2 x Reinforced PLT ENG with breaching and bridging capability.

We also have a tactical reserve of 2 PLT of M60A3(TTS) and  2 x PLT AMX-10P (That looks amazingly similar to Marder 1A3´s).


We have limited Active Defence for our callsigns (AVEPS). The Engineers have been prioritized, so they are the only ones equipped with it.
We also have 3 x 6 Tubes of 155mm SP howitzers and 2 x 6 x 120 mm SP mortars (with the howitzers being further back, so off-map), as well as support assets from HQ Company (2 x (repair, 2 x supply and medical)).

On top of this 1 BTT of MLRS (no reloads) and 1 x 6 tubes of M109 on map, armed with BONUS Smart ammunition. So a VERY heavy Indirect package.


We have NO Air due to heavy presence of ENY AA and AAA in AO per above, EXCEPT that we DO have an UAV (P-8). But do NOT push the UAV too far West it will surely be shot down (Reference Map trace - estimated ENY AA coverage plotted)

Our dismounted infantry from B and D COY is equipped with 2 x Anti-Tank teams (FGM-148 Javelins) (Odds callsigns). Each MECHINF platoon in B COY thus has 2x Anti-Tank teams, the rest being issued with 2 x AT-4s and riflegrenades plus a medicteam, and are all considered Elite.

A. You have the right to use force to proactively engage any and all ENY targets of opportunity.
B. You are cleared to fire first on all hostile targets or targets with deemed hostile intent, including armed civilians.
C. The force should be used under the circumstances and proportional to the threat.
D. We are at war. Destruction of civilian property has been cleared by the local authorities if CO deems that there is a military value and goal in said destruction, including FIRES in urban areas.
E. All Laws of War are to be observed.


II. Mission


Taskforce BOW is to DESTROY the ENY at OBJ DJINN, ATTACKING from EAST.


And then destroy enemy defenders between PL HAMMER and PL ANVIL including ENY HQ if possible, and DEFEND against likely ENY COUNTERATTACK from North West as well as remnants of ENY being pushed West by friendly forces North West and South West  of our AO.  
III. Execution
Concept of the Operation:
Taskforce BOW with 4 PLTs in tactical reserve, will attack from the EAST and towards WEST, setting an attack by fire from PL HAMMER towards PL  ANVIL, and Destroy any ENY at OBJ DJINN. And also DESTROY ENY HQ, if possible.


They will also use own assets to defend against likely Counterattack from the Enemy. As well as defending from remnants and stragglers being pushed back and West by Friendly forces North and South og our AO.
This will open the area for further offensive operations, disrupt the Enemys defences and command in the area and achieve our overall political goals in this stage, including opening up for further FRIENDLY Offensive actions in the short run.


Do not risk the integrity of your command by overextending and attacking too far North and WEST, including attacking the ENY HQ, UNLESS the TF CO is positive enough that this can achieved successfully and without compromising the integrity of his command.  
However you are encouraged to use initiative and ingenuity in executing the goals.   

Commanders Intent


Purpose - The purpose of this operation is to attack, and then clear the Enemy forces and defeat their will to fight in this AO, while defending against any possible ENY counterattack.
    Key Tasks
         1.  Attack from vicinity PL Hammer towards PL ANVIL destroying the ENY at OBJ DJINN as you go.
         2. Defeat any ENY counterttack
         3. If possible and sensible exploit any opportunities, including destroying ENY HQ NW of OBJ DJINN.
    End State
        Friendly  Friendly forces postured on or in vicinity of PL ANVIL; consolidated and prepared and able to continue operations towards   the SOUTH and EAST.
        Enemy    Enemy forces defeated or destroyed between PL HAMMMER and PL  ANVIL, unable to support Enemy forces further West of the AO.
        Terrain    All tactically commanding terrain features in friendly hands and cleared of enemy forces.
        Civilian   Not relevant as all LOCAL inhabitants are evacuated or dead.

We have 3 x 6 Tubes of self-propelled 155 mm howitzers that will directly support this operations, from outside of the AO (offmap), 1 x 6 tubes of M109 Howitzers that will directly support the attack in the AO (on map) and 2 x Six (6) 120 mm self-propelled Mortars for use.


We also have 1 MLRS Strike on standby (No reloads). Finally we have an UAV (P-8), to assist with target identification and possibly BDA (BUT be careful of ENY AA and AAA).


2 x 6 x Tubes of 120mm SPMTR organic fires under TF CO control (P-1 and P-2)
1 x 6 tubes of 155 on-map fries under TF CO control (P4), including 3 x loads of BONUS Smart AT rounds, NO Reloads
3 x 6 x Tubes of 155 mm off-map fires under TF CO control
1 x MLRS Strike Package (2 x 3 M270 MLRS, P31 and P34), NO Reloads

There are 12 Priority fire missions allocated.

The following are our stores of Ammunition allocated for this mission:

For the off-map Self-propelled howitzers, and Per tube:


48 HE (Total 864)
NO Smoke
12 ICM (Total 216)


For the on-map Self-propelled howitzers, and per tube:


18 M107 HE (Total 108)
NO Smoke
18 HEAT-EFP-SF BB 'BONUS' (Total 108)

Beyond that NO reloads.

For the SP MTR:

Full load HE SprGr78 and SMK NbGr88, organic reloads via your supply assets.

For the MLRS (M270), and per callsign (2 x 3):

12 x ER-MLRS M26A1 w/M85, NO reloads


Nil, beyond 1 x UAV.

IV. Sustainment

Supply              TF will carry forward 2 x resupply vehicles. No resupply possible beyond that.
Maintenance   TF will carry forward 2 x combat repair team (CRT)
Medical            TF will carry forward 2 x foward aid station (FAS)

V. Command And Signal
Sucession of Command
Alpha-66    TF Commander
Alpha-65    TF XO
Bravo-66    MECHINF COY CO
Alpha-11    1 PLT LDR/A
Bravo-11    1 PLT LDR/B

No Change; as per unit SOP


Test scenario (To verify that everything works at your end and Map Recce):


Operation Zulfiqar Ver B TEST.sce




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Important: remember that Europe switches to Summertime Sunday the 27´th at 0200 - LOOK in the thread above and click the link with the time to get YOUR time !




A66 M1A2 (SEP): Lumituisku (Team Saber,FI)

A65 Leopard 2A4: Commissar Martin (Team Saber,FI) (TBD)

P66 M113G4-FO:


A1 M1A2 (SEP)

A11 Assassin (Kanium,US)

A12 Badger (Kanium,CAN)

A13 Higgs (Kanium,CH)



A2 M1A2 (SEP)

A21 Colebrook (Kanium,ESP)


A23 Connaugh (Kanium,US)

A24 Bartleby (?,?)


A3 M1A2 (SEP)

A31 Duke (Kanium,DE)



A34 Roerbaek (Kanium,DK)



B1 M2A2 (ODS)

B11 Snoggy (Kanium,CAN)

B12 Grenny (Kanium,DE) (50/50)


B14 Wiglif (Kanium,US)


B2 M2A2 (ODS)

B21 JAG-11A (Kanium,US)

B22 ChrisReb (Kanium,UK)


B24 SwordsmanDK (Kanium,DK)


B3 M2A2 (ODS)

B31 Simcoe (?,US)

B32 RooksAndKings [NPS] (?,?)


B34 Boyfriend Material (?,?)


ENGINEERS (1 X M113/MICLIC, 2 X KODIAK (1 with dozer, 1 with full width mine plow), 1 x BIBER AND 2 X BOXER/ENG. WITH AVEPS, AND LEMUR 2013, except the biber)


E1 Kingtiger (Kanium,SE)

E2 Kingtiger (Kanium,SE)



H1 and H2: 2 x SUPPLY, REPAIR AND MEDIC: Oggi80 (?,US)





Per orders




Nike-Ajax - no more needed


Where needed:

Combat Wasp (Kanium,US) (probably cant make it)


Cant make it:

Major Duck (Kanium,DK)

Apocalypse (TankSim,US)





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8 hours ago, Nike-Ajax said:


It is for a FO ... so has the guys calculating and ordering indirect.


Also ... do you want a seat for the shennanigans ?


Im interested in helping out the CO so I can learn more about commanding. If either of those fit the bill I'll take it. If not I'll take a mech inf slot.

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I think @Commissar_Martin is probably going to take A65 slot. But it isn't fully sure if he is able to come. He is my right hand on Team Saber. 


this mission will be demanding for artillery so i am hoping to see someone experienced to be interested of P66 / FO position. At minimum I'd wish FO to keep track of available ammunition / tubes and batteries. Since it's limited and we have only 2 supply trucks that most likely will be prioritized for tanks. 



@Simcoe if you can be bothered to do that aka to keep manual list with pen. And won't drive UAV to enemy AAA zone.  Then welcome. 


Best ways to help me out are probably to pick platoon  leaders position and lead platoons. So that i don't have to. But that... Can be even more difficult since there's going to be huge obstacle belt and breach lanes to cross. 

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21 minutes ago, Lumituisku said:

I think @Commissar_Martin is probably going to take A65 slot. But it isn't fully sure if he is able to come. He is my right hand on Team Saber. 


this mission will be demanding for artillery so i am hoping to see someone experienced to be interested of P66 / FO position. At minimum I'd wish FO to keep track of available ammunition / tubes and batteries. Since it's limited and we have only 2 supply trucks that most likely will be prioritized for tanks. 



@Simcoe if you can be bothered to do that aka to keep manual list with pen. And won't drive UAV to enemy AAA zone.  Then welcome. 


Best ways to help me out are probably to pick platoon  leaders position and lead platoons. So that i don't have to. But that... Can be even more difficult since there's going to be huge obstacle belt and breach lanes to cross. 

Understood. I'll take B11 or B21. I'll platoon lead for any platoon that doesn't get another person who wants to lead.

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6 hours ago, Simcoe said:

Understood. I'll take B11 or B21. I'll platoon lead for any platoon that doesn't get another person who wants to lead.


Alright - I have taken the liberty to meet your wishes of opening up the third MECHINF PLT.

So you will get B3, and B31 specifically.

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We are almost operational...

We still have room in most PLTs, so jump in and dont be shy, also plenty of room for Newbies or people that havent played for a while.

This is status right now:

Need to:

- PLT LDR in A2
- PLT LDR in B2

- PLT SGT in A1

Nice to:
- A good FO

- More MECHinf


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