Assad al-Abhari was born to wealthy and prominent Shi'a Islamic family in western Takistan, whose source of income and influence came from Assad's father, Asif, who served as a distinguished and highly celebrated General of the Takistan Royal Army from the early 1960s up until the monarchy's dissolution in 1988. To furthermore prove the al-Abhari faith to the exiled royal family, Asif offered and protected many of the former King's family members and close friends in their lands in Nasdara from the new Socialist Republic regime, backed by the Soviet Union. Lacking numbers against the new government, Asif utilized one thing many of his countrymen had in common: religion. As a devote Shi'a Muslim, Asif taught those too weak to fight how to read to further spread the message of Allah, and install a fighting spirit in many beaten down and forlorn civilians.
When Assad was born, his father had built a cult-like following of pro-Royalist and Islamic followers around the provence, which he utilized in the formation of a local insurgency by the name of," Alkhilafat Al'Iislamiat fi Takistan," or The Islamic Caliphate of Takistan and garnered region wide attention when they began a pseudo-jihad to install the exiled royal family back into power with Shi'a influence. By utilizing the abundance of automatic weapons found around the country from various black markets and explosives imported in from the neighboring country of Ardistan, they launched a surprise attack on Awdak, a town in northern Takistan with heavy Russian influence as a show of force while releasing a statement condemning the Socialist party as infidels and enemies of not only the loyal people of Takistan, but to Allah himself. Though the insurgency was initially successful, they were forced to go into hiding back in the western provinces out of fear of Russian and Takistani Socialist retaliation. Throughout Assad's youth, he was taught to strike with a heavy fist and speak with a soft tongue by his tutors, his lessons eventually scaling up to insurgent combat methods using his father's knowledge as a former and formal military general as a pivot point in his early education. In the spring of 2012, during one of the Royalist tribe's uprising to destroy the Socialist regime crude oil fields, Assad was given a small force of loyal jihadists to attack Takmyr, the country's capital, as a show of force and to strike fear into any infidel's within the city's walls.
Assad displayed great leadership in managing to enter the city despite heavy resistance after using only two suicide bombing vans to close down the few checkpoints outside of the city limits, and began his attack by storming the town hall and capturing thirty law clerks, unarmed soldiers and minor politicians before making demands for the safe release of the hostages. The tone of the insurgency changed yet again when one of Assad's men caught glimpse of a strike-force preparing to breach the building, which resulted in the immediate execution of one third of the hostages as a display of force, cutting off the would-be rescue mission before it could get off the ground. Knowing he has the upper hand, Assad successfully negotiated to obtain a helicopter for his men and himself, two million United States dollars in cash, as well as the Socialist regime to publicly recognize the subpar living standards the people in the western provinces were living under.
When Assad returned to Nasdara in the summer of 2012, he was celebrated a hero by his fellow jihadi men and family, and given a special mission from his father to travel into the neighboring country of Chernarus to kidnap a prominent nuclear physicist in Miroslavl in hopes of eventually being able to unlock and develop nuclear technology. With a fake passport in hand, he and a small team of eight men boarded a train and rode into Novigrad before bussing into Miroslavl to board up at a local motel, secretly documenting and shadowing the physicist as he made his rounds to and from work. Then, on August 7, 2012 Assad and the other jihadists broke into the physicist's house as he returned home from work one day only to be engaged with a Chernarussian OREL Police force who had been trailing them since their arrival into the country. A short gunfight erupted within the small home, claiming the life of three fellow insurgents before the remainder of the lot surrendered to authorities and were taken into custody. With Assad identified as the leader, he was quickly segregated and bussed to a higher security detainment facility in Kirovograd where he stood trial in a closed courtroom for multiple counts of attempted murder of a police officer, attempted kidnapping and possession of explosive ordnance. Despite weeks of protesting and interjecting into the judicial process, Assad was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole and was remanded to the custody of the Dzheyl Rok, a super-maximum security prison located southwest of Chernogorsk made to house some of the country's most infamous and dangerous inmates.
Although Assad remained incarcerated as Inmate No. A-2850 for nearly a decade, he kept in correspondence with many of his allies through cryptic messages in letters occasionally sent to him, one of the more frequent of his pen pals being Ahmed Omar al Sham, a long time mentor to Assad in difficult and trivial times, offering moral support and wisdom of Allah and from the Quran. Fortunately for Assad, his life sentence was vacated when the infection hit, as many of his captors fled from the island in an attempt to join with their families and leave. When this was discovered, Ahmed Omar al Sham gathered a small band of his own jihadists and raided the prison with little resistance to free their comrade. Now free and without government oppression, Assad is free to once again be the sword of Allah's truth to the people of Chernarus, teaching the people Islamic virtues by force and passion.