Abbas was born to a small Kurdish family in Medina. He grew up discriminated for being Kurdish, and his family soon moved into Iraq. Abbas was a natural learner, and quickly advanced in his schooling. He left school at the age of 16 to go and study in a madrassa. He studied for a year before moving out and going to study foreign cultures in Baghdad, just two years after the Taliban were pushed out by the Northern Alliance and American operators. He became well versed in western cultures and grew a grudging respect for American imperialism, despite many Americans being infidels. This also came from the fact that it was the American's who played a key role in freeing Baghdad of the Taliban. At 24 Abbas joined the Peshmerga to defend Iraqi cities that were under attack by Taliban forces and undefended by the Northern Alliance or the Americans. Abbas had several run-ins with NATO forces, and found that Americans were the most reliable and trustworthy. Abbas' respect for the Americans grew, willingly or not. At 27, Abbas began to fight ISIS as it entered Iraq. He participated in the fighting in Aleppo, later in Mosul, and the even in Syria. Abbas served as a combat medic, with only battlefield experience and no proper training, but he did well. As the infection spread into Takistan Abbas joined the Peshmerga going to counter it. He fought for months and was pushed along the coastline by surges of infected. Ending up in South Zagoria after fighting desperately through Kirovograd against slavers, drug users, and CDF defectors Abbas was stuck. Alone and low on supplies, Abbas met two men, Shaw and Jager, who helped him out despite their origins.