Operation Change The World | Chap 3 pt 1
Birth of an Operation
11 September 2010 Tabriz University, Iran - On the second ring, the colonel picked up the receiver and said, “Bakeri”. He usually didn’t answer the outside line but every once in a while in a random sort of way he liked to pick it up and surprise who ever was calling with getting the “Chief” directly. It usually resulted in a moment of silence while the other party was digesting the fact that they were talking to the Al Quds Director for North American Operations, and Director of it’s University Research Division when they were expecting a secretary or receptionist. That wasn’t the case today, as the voice on the other end said “Colonel Bakeri please stand by for General Jafiri.”
It was Bakeri’s turn to be surprised. The Next voice was that of the Chief Commander Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (IRGC), “Bakeri, Jafiri here go secure.”
Bakeri pushed the button and turned a small key at the upper right corner of his phone and waited until he heard the six tones and clicks that the electronics cycled through to set and synchronize the code keys in both the phones, when they were set, a green led shone just above the key switch indicating the line was secure.
Bakeri gave the standard reply “I show steady green General”
“Steady green we are secure.” Came the reply.
“We are secure, sir”
The Generals’ voice was now slightly distorted, but still clear enough to be well understood, both in content and tone. Leading Bakeri to wonder what had prompted this call since the General had skipped several layers in his chain of command to have this conversation so it was either very good or very bad. Either way it put a small knot in his stomach that hovered between anticipation and resignation of his fate.
“Bakeri,” the General said, “are you related to Mehdi Bakeri?”
“He was my Uncle sir” a puzzled Bakeri replied. Small talk from the IRGC commander?
“I knew your uncle when he commanded Unit 31 in the Ashoura, He was a good commander and a great man, his loss was both a tragedy and a triumph for the defense of the revolution. He was missed greatly.”
“But this is not about your uncle Colonel, though I see some of his thinking in your operations and reports, you both know how to think, how do they say it? Outside the Box.”
“Thank You sir”, the knot was getting tighter, and Bakeri still didn’t know which way the conversation was going to go.
“I see by your record, you are also a graduate of the University of Tabriz in civil engineering, and that Al Quds sent you to America Georgia Technical Institute for a Masters in Project Management, and in Public Administration, they sent you in deep cover for that, as a Jordanian?”
“Yes sir, I went as a Jordanian Christian, on a student visa. The cover minimized background checks since the Americans think all Jordanians are rich because of oil, and since Abdullah is an ally then all Jordanians must think like their king.”
“I see you did some good work in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban with the Northern Alliance, do you think the Americans or the alliance ever figured out who you really worked for?”
“Sir, I think our Jordanian cover was secure through the operation but may now be compromised since my assignment here at my alma mater. It would be remiss to think that someone in the CIA hasn’t yet put two and two together since I knew quite a few of their operatives over there.”
“Yes, well do you think you could work with the Taliban and ISI (Pakistani Intelligence) on a joint project?”
Bakeri replied; “I can and will work with any one I am directed to. I am a soldier and Al Quds, you know what that means sir.”
General Jafiri did indeed know, probably better than anyone on the planet what that means since he had formulated the Iranian doctrine of Asymmetrical Warfare that brought Al Quds into existence and gave training and operational direction to one of the most formidable special operations branches in the world.
The General went on: “Bakeri, you have submitted several North American Project Proposals since your assignment as Director North American Operations, I want to discuss four of them. They are Rising Waters, Sign of God, Hand of God, and Spirit of God. Do you recall these proposals?”
“Sir I recall all 37 proposals we have forwarded in the last 9 months, I am prepared to discuss them now or at any time, sir.” Bakeri replied a bit agitated since he would have the head of any subordinate hanging from UofT tower if they submitted a ‘Project Proposal’ without his personal review and approval.
“I expected no less from you Colonel, now get comfortable in your chair, and we will review these operations as I have some questions I want you to answer before you prepare the Power Point pulling them all together for your briefing next week.”
Bakeri’s stomach knot unraveled immediately, he wasn’t kidding or understating his knowledge of the proposals and he immediately recognized how far ranging any one of them could be by themselves, but for all four he knew a national effort was being committed to by no less than the IRGC commander himself.
“Sir, before we start I would like to bring Ootavar Behrangi in since he is my right hand, and it was his idea that was the foundation for ‘Hand of God’.”
The General replied, “Fine Colonel get your Sergeant Major and we’ll proceed.”
Four Hours Later…..
“Sir what are we calling this combined Operation?” was the last question from Colonel Bakeri. The last four hours had been rapid fire questions and answers in both directions since not only did General Jafiri have operational questions, but Colonel Bakeri had command guidance questions in return making sure he understood his US counterparts would call ‘Commanders Intent’ while he formulated answers that moved the plans from the proposal phase to the ‘Operational Project’ phase.
“Colonel if we are successful what do you think the result will be?” asked Jafiri
“I think it would change the world, in every respect, military power, political power, financial power will all shift to a new reality.”
“Very Good then Operation Change The World it is. One last thing for you,” the General paused, “Sergeant Major!,”
“Sayed!” Sergeant Major Behrangi jumped from his chair to attention.
“Where did you get this idea for ‘Hand of God’?” the general asked.
At that moment both Colonel Bakeri, and Sergeant Major Behrangi were glad the call had been by telephone instead of face to face since neither of them could hold back their grins when Behrangi replied in a very regimented and serious voice; “Sir I saw it on the History Channel!”
They could both hear a chuckle on the other end when the General said, “Very good. Keep it a secret between us though, as I would rather we brief that some great minds at the University devised this strategy. I will see you at the briefing.”
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