|War on Terror|
From top left: Russian troops entering Afghanistan, American Marine in Aceh, Anglo-Dutch citizens protesting in London, Union Marines under fire in India, German soldiers in Iran and Union troops in South Africa.
|Commanders and leaders|
| General Markus Davies 2006 - N/A||Osama Bin Laden |
General Moamar Gaddafi
| Marshal Alexi Zhukov
2000 Combat Aircraft, 400 Helicopters
1500 Combat Aircraft
200,000 Regular soldiers Up to 1,000,000 men indirectly employed by the league
|Casualties and losses|
|20,000 Military casualties, 150,000 civilian casualties.||150,000 Military Casualties, 300,000 Civilian casualties||50,000 Military Casualties, 100,000 Civilian casualties|
The war on terror, alternatively known as the Great Game, Anglo-Russian Skirmish or the Russo-Arab conflict has been a series of military and political conflicts in the Middle East and South East Asia. Unlike the preceding Anglo-Dutch civil war the War on Terror has not involved a major conflict between waring powers but has instead been a series of limited wars and terrorist attacks since 2002. It originated out of the rise of Russian and Arab League power in the aftermath of the civil war and the continued decline of the Anglo-Dutch backed dictatorship in Indonesia.
The Arab League
In the aftermath of the dismissal of the Ottoman Russian National assembly and the shutting down of the liberal Ottoman Parliament the various rebel movements that existed in the empires eastern regions, the Arab, Syrian, Kurdish, Iraqi and Israeli provinces had united to form the Arab League, a loose coalition of militia and rebel movements that allied together to form a cohesive army under the leadership of the renowned Israeli rebel leader Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu led the Arab League through the Anglo-Dutch civil war and destroyed the Ottoman empire in a climatic battle at the gates of Istanbul where the Ottoman Sultan ended his days strung upside down on a spike by Al-Qaeda operatives loyal to the Arabian rebel leader Osama Bin Laden. In the aftermath of the League’s victory in alliance with the Beatrixians divisions began to emerge within the league, however. Netanyahu had always believed the league to be a temporary alliance of nations and alongside Yassar Arafat intended to take Israel-Palestine out of the league as soon as he had their victory against the Ottomans.
Bin Laden had a different view, however and when Israel-Palestine left the League in 2001 after Beatrix’s Coronation he took advantage of the power vacuum to establish himself as the leagues foremost leader. In the aftermath of the Beatrixian victory his Al-Qaeda operatives established him as the League’s president and he took command of a federation of the six nations united in the league. Bin Laden viewed continued Union involvement in the middle east as a affront to Islam and an insult to its independence. He knew that challenging the Union militarily could only result in his destruction but he realized that if he challenged the Union through domestic actions, threatening the lives of its civilians he might be able to force the Union to withdraw from the Middle East.
During the Anglo-Dutch Civil war one of the key areas of conflict had been in Russia where the two conflicting powers of the Ottoman backed Ottoman Russia and the NSA backed North Russia co-existed. During the civil war the two Russian states, long at each others throats decided to go to war and the resulting conflict resulted in the victory of North Russian over its southern rival and the re-establishment of Russia as a global power.
The newly unified Russia was not without its divisions, though. In particular the militarist wing of the Russian government headed by Yeltsin and Marshall Zuhkov believed that the aftermath of a global war that had resulted in the deaths of millions was the perfect opportunity for the newly re-unified Russia to show its influence on the global stage. Russia could reoccupy its ancestral territories in Central Asia and would once again be recognized as a global power. The Union and the League both stood in the way of this ambition, however. The Union would not tolerate another power intervening in land that it viewed as under its protection and the league would not tolerate another Christian power in the east, especially one that would not be afraid to act militarily against the league.
The first glimmers that the Arab league might be deigning to challenge the Union came in the long suppressed Indonesian republic. The Arab League, with decades of experience in fomenting dissent realized that if the Indonesian’s could be convinced to stand against the Union it would not only spread the power of the league in the far east but would impact the union because of the Union’s almost complete dependence on the Indonesian oil fields. If Indonesia could be made to rebel against the Union it would force the union to reconsider their relationship with the Arab world and the league in general.
The first news of this rebellion came barely three months after the end of the Union Civil War and the re-establishment of the Union when an isolated Union outpost was infiltrated by League operatives who blew up a Union oil tanker just out of Aceh, causing the deaths of four thousand men and polluting the seas around Indonesia. This sparked the initial Indonesian rebellion with the Islamic forces in Indonesia loyal to the league rising up and defeating most of the Indonesian government, destroying most of the Union forces on the island and throwing out the Union garrison.
Initially the Indonesian government in exile appealed to the Union in London but the Convention parliament, already swamped with requests for aid from its allies decided to turn down the Indonesians. The Indonesian government then turned to its allies in Russia who had fought alongside the Indonesian forces in the far east during the civil war. The Russia government was at this point still reluctant to actively act against its former allies in the Union. However, General Zuhkov decided to travel with several of his men from the Civil War from both the Union and the Russian armies to aid the Indonesian government to aid them in their counteroffensive.
Zuhkov met up with the remnants of the Russian forces in Indonesia who had not yet left to return to their home-country and alongside those Indonesian and Anglo-Dutch forces that had not been captured or defected organized a counter strike against the Islamists. Russian troops under Zuhkov raided Indonesian army depots stealing tanks and aircraft that Zuhkov’s army were proficient with and establishing a bastion of Russian control in Papua from where they conducted air strikes and military operations against the Islamist government.
Zuhkov knew that without the support of either the Indonesian people or the Russian government he did not have the numbers to take on the Islamist regime and regardless of his vastly superior technology and military tactics he could not win without people to man his equipment and fight his battles. He organized conscription in Papua and then marshaled his forces into a cohesive mix of Russians, Indonesians, Englishmen and Dutchmen who called themselves the Indonesian Peoples Army. The IPA, with aid from the Russian Pacific fleet (acting under the auspices of “protecting” Russian citizens) struck out from Papua, launching amphibious assaults on Borneo and Java with air support from both stolen fighters and the Russian Navies MiG-28’s.
The Anglo-Dutch seeing how the wind was blowing and realizing that if they continued to sit on the sidelines they would lose the support of the Indonesians (and their oil) dispatched the Pacific Fleet from Singapore and landed a 200,000 strong Marine expeditionary force under General Edward Watson. Backed up by the mighty forces of the Pacific Fleet and the overwhelming air superiority that it provided the pacific MEF advanced along the Aceh coastline, engaging and destroying the remnants of the Indonesian army .
The Pacific Fleet had arrived to late to make an impact in the referendum that followed, however, and the Russian’s under Zuhkov was successful in getting their appointee for the presidency elected. The first act of the new Indonesian administration was to evict the remaining Anglo-Dutch forces, ensuring that regardless of what the Union might wish Indonesia had finally won true independence from them. The Muslim Armies, battered and broken retreated into the countryside and their leaders fled into the Aceh countryside to plan their revenge.
Attack on the World Trade Center
Their revenge would not be long in arriving and the target was the Union’s capital London with secondary attacks planned on Moscow. The failed Aceh rebellion had convinced the Al-Qaeda leadership that their struggle against western involvement in the middle east and the Muslim world could not be won in a conventional war. The union and the Russians commanded armies and fleets of aircraft and ships that a small organization could never match. While insurgencies such as the one in Indonesia could distract the governments of the Union and Russia any insurgency that became to successful and took on the governing of a country would be doomed to failure as the Anglo-Dutch and Russians both took very dim reviews on the presence of unfriendly governments in territory that they considered to be under their protection.
If the Anglo-Dutch and Russian populace could be convinced that involvement in the middle east would only result in the deaths of their fellow citizens they might then put pressure of their respective governments to withdraw from the Middle East. The best way to do this would be to cause a huge loss of life in a high profile attack. Various targets were suggested but the one that most of Al-Qaeda's commanders believed would cause the largest shock and impact on the Anglo-Dutch population and the Global media was the World Trade Center in London, home of the London Stock Exchange and the UN commission on Global Trade. An attack on the World Trade Center would inevitably cause huge casualties and shock the world. More so than a simple attack with rockets and mortars the attack had to be eye catching and be something that the Dutch people would never forget.
For this reason the symbol of the Anglo-Dutch Union’s commercial supremacy KLM airlines was the instrument with which the destruction would be carried out. Osama Bin Laden’s own elite death squads, veterans from the civil war were sneaked aboard KLM flight 167, packed with explosives by Islamists working in America. Just before the flight began its final approach to London Thames Airport hijackers took control of the planes cockpit and flew it into the trade centers centerpiece, One Canada Square vaporizing the towers central column and killing three thousand people instantly with two thousand more later dying from their injuries. In a single action the Arab League and its allies had showed their hand and shocked the Union in a way that few actions before or since had done. By eight hours after the attack Union PM Pim Fortuyn appeared on the news, announcing new laws cracking down on extremists and promising to find the perpetrators. Twenty - Four hours after that 200,000 more Anglo-Dutch troops were dispatched to the Middle East.
With the deployment of Anglo-Dutch forces to the middle east the Arab League’s leadership panicked, As long as they remained the only Islamist power it was obvious to most that the Anglo-Dutch force in the middle east could only be targeted at them. Panicking the Arab League dispatched operatives to the remaining Muslim countries in the far east, hoping to influence enough to rise up against the Anglo-Dutch that they might take the fall instead of the league, or at least distract the Union enough to draw its army away from the Middle East.
Malaysia had a reputation as a major secular nation and was considered the most powerful nation in the far east, its army, navy and air force outnumbered most of the powers in the region with the exception of China and it commanded a fearsome nuclear arsenal. During the Civil War it had avoided siding with any major power but had responded to any incursion into its territory with overwhelming force. It was also renowned for its harsh reaction to any attempted insurgency although in the past those insurgencies had either been Francoist or Stalinist rather than Islamist and those two secular ideologies still had a strong hold over much of the countries rural area. For that reason and others Malaysia had been ruled out of the League’s list of potential targets but its spymaster, a mysterious man known to the league and its foes as “ظل (ẓill)” or the Shadow presented the League with a way to bring Malaysia into the Islamist alliance.
Unlike other Insurgency’s the Malaysian operation wasn’t a major philosophical campaign, instead it combined Islamic Socialism and Stalinism to create a mishmash of Ideologies called Cara Ketiga or the Third Way preaching Islamist concepts alongside Stalinist economics. This combination of Ideology helped bring onside Malaysia’s growing youth population alongside old Stalinists who saw the Leagues new rebels as the last chance they would have to introduce an Stalinist government. Malaysian Stalinist’s uncovered their old stocks of weaponry and equipment that had been buried after the Kuala Lumpur agreement. Unlike the insurgency in Indonesia the Malayasians were better equipped and although it had been a quarter of a century since the Kuala Lumpur agreement the Stalinist fighters had continued their training in secret, hoping for the day when they might have their victory.
Combined with the Islamist uprising in the cities the Stalinist forces won a quick and easy victory against a Malaysian army that had been at peace for 25 years. The Cara Ketiga forces besieged Kuala Lumpur by the end of November 2002 and by the end of November the Malaysian government gave in. Unlike Indonesia Malaysia was a powerful nation, even after the rebellion and the Arab League now had an ally in the far east who would draw away dutch attention from the middle east. The remnants of the Malaysian government fled to Sarawak on Borneo where they grouped up with the Francoist fighters who had rejected the Kuala Lumpur agreement. From there they held up in the Jungle waiting for help from the Anglo-Dutch or Russians.
Against the Leagues directives the Shadow traveled to Indonesia undercover and met up with the remnants of the Indonesian Islamists that had fled to Aceh. There he convinced them that it would be advantageous for them to launch a campaign against the Indonesian government and to declare their independence as Aceh. In fact he knew that doing so would be disastrous for the Islamists. Declaring their independence would give the Anglo-Dutch an easy scapegoat for the bombings in London, more importantly for him though it would draw away the Union’s attention from the middle-east and back towards Indonesia. This would allow the League to escape the Union’s attention and continue its manipulations unchallenged.
After the Aceh militant’s declared their independence the Union responded with a crushing offensive, in the space of three months the Union had gone to the UN and the Commonwealth to gain international support from their actions and a coalition of Anglo-Dutch commonwealth forces took part in an operation that crushed the militants and resulted in the destruction of most of their leadership. Anglo-Dutch forces bombed militant camps without compassion and re-established their old colonial network’s in order to facilitate the governance of Aceh.
The short lived Aceh republic had reached its end by December 2004 and while scattered forces continued in the fight against the Anglo-Dutch most of its forces surrendered to the Anglo-Dutch and returned to their homes and families. Eighteen months after the first Anglo-Dutch troops landed Pim Fortuyn declared the war to be over and Aceh to be pacified. For the most part he was correct in his statement, the vast majority of the militants had given up the fight and returned home and those that hadn’t lacked the resources to effectively fight the Union. Life returned for the most part to normal, the citizens of Aceh became used to living under Anglo-Dutch and many remembered the good old days when the Anglo-Dutch had ruled the colony themselves. The Royal Navy, aware that an educated and healthy populace were less likely to rebel than an oppressed one funneled funds into schools and hospitals. Anglo-Dutch soldiers and sailors mingled amongst the populace without fear of attack and local citizens had free access to the Anglo-Dutch bases. While official it was under military rule the local Dewan ruled most of the peninsula with its actions backed by the Union military.
This tranquility was based on the presence of the largest Union military garrison outside of Europe and as events in the rest of the far east deteriorated the garrison became progressively smaller. By 2007 and the beginning of the Indochinese/Malaysian war the garrison was more of a large police force than an actual military government and the rebels, beaten and scattered reformed to begin attacks on the Anglo-Dutch and collaborators.
Of all of the union’s allies in Asia India had the most to lose from an Islamist uprising, while its constitution ensured religious parity and stipulated that out of the Cabinet at least 40% must be Hindu and 40% Islamic these forced measures belied the fact that India was the most divided country in the region. In Mumbai there were streets that were divided between Islamic and Hindu families with each community having its own newspapers, schools and shops.
Most people were in fact relatively happy with this arrangement, parliament swung on the support of India’s Christians and Sikh’s who were sensible enough to realise that it was necessary for religious parity to be enforced in the countries highest offices and every ten years, give or take parliament would swing from the Hindu Indian Congress Party to the Islamic Indian National Party with occasionally the Christian Social Democrat Party gaining a majority on its own. In 2002 the country was lead by the former mayor of Islamabad Imram Khan who was probably responsible for the countries longest sustained economic progress in recent history. Having taken office in 1996 in the midst of the civil war he had kept India on the sidelines, selling armaments to both sides and then swinging in with enough force on the Beatrixian side to ensure that his country, despite having lost very little during the war was rewarded with preferential economic treatment.
Khan was unique amongst Indian politicians, a Muslim by birth and an avowed practitioner had taken power as leader of the traditionally Hindu dominated ICP and ruled in coalition with the SDP. His policies were decidedly secularist and in 2002, bouyed by his success in forcing the Armed Forces to integrate their Hindu and Muslim units decided to take on the segregated school system and civil service. Here he overreached himself, his popularity amongst India’s middle class, both Hindu and Muslim grew in response to the action but the working class overwhelming rejected it. There were riots in front of the newly integrated schools and buses bringing Muslim children to former Hindu schools and vice versa were stoned by angry mobs.
The Arab League understandably saw this as its great opportunity to bring down one of the Union’s most powerful allies and extended political and military support to the Islamist Indian Peoples Party. Here Imran Khan’s political skills failed him, the newly integrated military refused to crush the rebellion in its fledgeling state and government buildings across India were attacked by mobs. Despite his many speeches on Indian nationalism and how his country was now one of the world’s great powers he bowed to the advice of his cabinet and reluctantly visited the Convention Parliament in London for aid. In the last full session of the parliament before it was dissolved Khan spoke elegantly and passionately but the Parliament, still dealing with other issues was about to rule against sending forces to India when a messenger entered the Commons with a letter for Khan, Islamabad had fallen to the IPP and an Islamist mob was marching on Delhi. At this point Margaret Thatcher in her last speech before Parliament stepped up to deliver what many considered to be one of her greatest speeches arguing that freedom and democracy were not concepts that needed arguing for, surely parliament’s members if they looked inside their hearts knew that for moral reasons alone the Union should intervene. At this point Pim Fortuyn stood up from the government bench, walked over to Thatcher and embraced her. With his arm around the frail former PM the Union’s new PM stood before parliament and to the cheers of his party and Thatcher's declared proudly that the Union would save India.
The quest to save Indian democracy from Islamism became a race against time, as an Islamist mob marched on Delhi and the Anglo-Dutch army transported 80,000 men to India of course the Union, realising the magnitude of their failure should they fail rushed men from deployments across the far east deploying a forty thousand strong force against the mob. Faced with a disciplined army the IPP broke and retreated. Followed up by a new Hindu only detachment of the Indian Army the Indian Insurgency had been broken. The league had badly miscalculated and the economic and political power of India had been brought on the Union’s side.
Sri Lankan Civil War
The Sri Lankan civil war was a conflict between the Tamil Tigers insurgency and the Sri Lankan government, with the backing of India. Imran Khan had withdrawn Indian support in 2004 as a result of troubles along the border with Afghanistan and the Tamil’s had used this as an opportunity to go on the offensive with the backing of their new paymasters in the Arab-League. The Tamils enjoyed a period of unprecedented success from 2004-2005 and used the time to launch huge insurgent attacks against the Sri Lankans.
India refused to respond to the increased Tamil activity on its own, the short lived Indian Insurgency had badly shaken Imran Khan and while still determined to enforce Indian domination of the Indian sub-continent he was soon looking at the specter of a Arab-League backed unfriendly dictatorship off India’s south coast. Reluctant to act alone Khan succeeded in gaining the backing of the Anglo-Dutch commonwealth to expand the South East Asia military occupation to include Sri Lanka. The price they paid on their joint involvement in the invasion was that India had to take the brunt of the damage and troops deployed. The initial victory over the Tamil’s and the Sri Lankan army was quick but the Tamils escaped into the countryside.
The Commonwealth force found itself engaged in a two year long insurgency with the Tamils and adopted harsh tactics that had been used in the civil war in order to convince the Tamils that accepting Tamil refugees was not a good idea. Mass killings and indiscriminate bombing of Rebel villages did little to endear the local population of Tamils to the Anglo-Dutch but did achieve its goal, despite the protests in London the bombing of Tamil villages resulted in rebels being turned away from villages and surrendering to the Anglo-Dutch occupiers.
The Sri Lankan war marked an end to the initial insurgencies that dominated the early 2000’s and begun the short and bitter wars that dominated this period from 2007 onwards as the League, continually frustrated with its inability to damage the union through insurgency began fighting the Union’s alliances in Asia in direct conflict.
Alone of all the countries in the Middle East, Iran had remained firmly outside the League’s influence. In part because it followed Shi’a Islam rather than the Sunni branch followed by the league, despite its significant Sunni minority Iran had resisted the League's attempts to bring it into their fold. However, Iran’s rulers the Shah’s had become corrupt with time and money, Iran had not intervened in the civil war in the slightest and had paid the price, having become slighted by the worlds major powers. It had therefore, been keen to regain its lost popularity when Prime Minister Pim Fortuyn of the Union had visited the country in the winter of 2002.
In exchange for Iran being allowed to rejoin its old trade pacts with the Union and other Commonwealth countries its troops would be deployed to fight the Union’s war in the middle east. Despite Iran having no quarrel with the League or its puppets it found itself involved in several of the minor wars that were the hallmark of the early 21st century. Iranian troops had formed the backbone of Commonwealth armies throughout the middle and far-east and Iran had lost the most troops to the various insurgencies. In exchange for this, vast amounts of money had been flowing into the countries coffers as it became the second richest nation in the middle-east, lagging behind only the Arab League.
Its involvement in several wars had of course angered the Leagues leadership and with the failure of its various insurgencies the League now believed that the time was right to strike out against the union and its allies directly. However, the League lacked targets for this, it could either attack Yugoslavia in the Balkans, India on the subcontinent or Iran in the Persian Gulf. All three nations were avowed allies of the Union with significant Sunni populations. However, all three were also some of the most powerful regional, and in India’s case global powers. Iran though was sitting on the top of an increasingly discontented population. The Shah’s backing of the commonwealth and the United States had made him incredibly unpopular with Iran’s youth and in the summer of 2005, after the Shah had shut down parliament huge unrest erupted onto the streets.
The league saw this as an opportunity and launched military action against Iran under the guise of protecting Iranian citizens. The League's army crossed into Iran, facing little initial opposition. The Iranian army rallied, however, and with backing from Native American mercenaries, later recognized as an official Division under General Konstantine the Leagues army was driven back to the Iranian border. There the Iranian army advanced into Mesopotamia with the backing of the Anglo-Dutch Army and the American expeditionary force.
The League met the Iranian advance with a massive counter push under the command of General Ghadafi. The League’s forces forced the Iranians to retreat beyond their own borders and drove them to the gates of Tehran itself. The Mercenaries in service of the Anglo-Dutch and American Expeditionary forces fled out of the country into Afghanistan and India to escape an almost inevitable defeat. Despite the fleeing Mercenaries the Anglo-Dutch and Iranian armies put together a major defense up against the Leagues advancing forces. However, internal developments in the Union and continuing unrest in the US meant that the Anglo-Dutch army retreated back into India, hoping to avoid being dragged into a major war with the league that its economy, still recovering from the civil war could barely afford.
Without the backing of the Union Army, the Iranian Army and AEF faced a force that outnumbered them four to one. The Shah refused the requests of his Allies and generals to evacuate the country and flea to London or Islamabad. This infuriated the shah’s ministers who appealed to the opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi to marshall opposition in parliament against the Shah. Reluctantly, Mousavi returned to Parliament and with the support of the Conservative Tehran Representative Mahmoud Armahdinajhad overthrew the Shah, replacing him with a military government that signed a peace treaty with the League. In which Iran retained its independence but instead of supplying troops and equipment to the Union it would supply them to the League. The defeat of Iran brought the leagues power into the direct power sphere of the newly reborn Russian Republic which, looking to further expand its power now entered the region, its forces proceeding to overthrow several Islamist governments and again turn the balance of power in the region on its head.
In the beginning of 2007 Afghanistan was controlled by an Islamist organization called the Taliban, loosely aligned with the Arab League and more closely in line with the Caucasus Emirate which had campaigned against Ottoman Russia and then the Russian Republic. Afghanistan had often harbored Caucasian insurgents from Russian reprisal but in the summer of 2007 in the aftermath of a major bombing campaign in southern Russia the Russian government decided that enough was enough and that something had to be done about the continuing insurgency in the Caucuses. Russian troops flooded into Chechnya and brought the insurgency there to a halt through overwhelming firepower and numbers.
To completely defeat the Insurgency though the Russian’s knew that they would have to drive out the insurgents from their camps, not only in Afghanistan but other regions in the middle-east as well. First on that list would be Afghanistan where the Russians believed that by cooperating with rebels against the Taliban government they would be able to achieve a bloodless victory and bring the Afghan regime into the Middle-East’s conflicts on their side. In June 2007 a Russian army, two hundred thousand strong entered the country and with the assistance of Anti-Taliban rebels launched a series of blistering assaults that brought the Taliban to their knees, destroying what forces that were loyal to them and driving the remainder into the countryside.
Although Russia had not intended to use the war as a pretext to overthrow other Islamist governments its erstwhile allies in China saw the conflict in the Middle east as the perfect cover to operate against the Malaysian government which had become increasingly aggressive in its demands from the Chinese. Premier Zhou now decided that enough was enough and barely two months after the Russian’s had entered Afghanistan a Chinese army was marshaled and now marched into Malaysia.
The Chinese Army that entered Malaysia, unlike the Russian army in Afghanistan faced serious resistance. While they had an advantage in number over the Malaysian army, Malaysia was not Afghanistan. The moderate Islamic Socialist government that had governed it for the past five years was immensely popular having swept the previous general elections a year earlier with a 70% take of the popular vote in an election recognized by the Union and the Anglo-Dutch commonwealth as being both free and fair. The Malaysian army was large and well equipped and its air force and navy could both marshal significant forces to match the Chinese, When the Chinese crossed the border from Thailand therefore they were soon held to a halt as the Malaysian Army Group North consisting of a quarter of a million men under the command of the Arab League advisor General Ghadafi, met and engaged the Chinese inflicting heavy casualties as they used their knowledge of the countryside and the surrounding terrain to strike at the Chinese where they least oft expected it.
It was therefore clear that the war in Malaysia was not going to be a short conflict, the Malaysian army crossed the border into Thailand and was able to inflict significant destruction on industry before the Chinese could marshal a second Army to assist their first. Even though the Malaysians were pushed back to their own border they dug in and prevent the Chinese from making even the smallest of gains. Despite several determined attacks by the Chinese forces the Malaysian line held and inflicted far heavier losses on the Chinese than they received in return. The Chinese invasion of Malaysia was therefore viewed as a failure barely two months into active combat operations. The Chinese mobilized increasing numbers of troops and sent them to the front but the Malaysian line still held and in October 2007 the Malaysian Army Group north with the backing of troops drawn away from Army Group south and the new Arab Expeditionary Force crossed the Thai border in a series of rapid strikes, damaging Chinese supply lines and driving Chinese forces thirty miles inside Thailand. The Thai government, which had initially been wary of the Chinese involvement in the Malay peninsula, now backed the Chinese against a Malaysian army that increasingly looked like it might be able to defeat China’s overwhelming expeditionary force and take the fight into Thailand itself.
Now doubtful that the Chinese would be able to keep their promises of protecting Thailand’s national security the Thai government secretly met with delegates from the Anglo-Dutch Union and India in November 2007. The Thai delegation, now slightly panicked by the seemingly unstoppable Malaysian advance now begged the Anglo-Dutch for a promise. Anglo-Dutch and Indian traders would have strong concessions from the Thai government but in exchange the Indian’s would help the Chinese and the Thai in driving out the Malaysian army. Reluctantly, Imran Khan authorized the use of Indian troops in Thailand and dispatched the eighty thousand strong Indian Marine Expeditionary Force to invade the Malay peninsula.
Landing in the supposedly invincible fortress city of Singapore (The cities leaders had surrendered without a fight at the sight of an Anglo-Dutch fleet out at sea) the MEF leapt up the Malaysian peninsula using transports to avoid fighting in tough situations and when that was impossible using the might of the Anglo-Dutch Union to overwhelm their enemies with firepower. This drew Malaysian forces away from the northern front allowing the Chinese and Thai to launch a determined counter-offensive that broke the now weakened Malaysian lines and allowed the Chinese to drive all the way to Kuala Lumpur where they captured the city and forced the Malaysian government to surrender.
Central Asian War
The war between Malaysia and the Far East Alliance (as the Indian-Thai-Chinese alliance was called) is to date the last major war to have occurred in Asia and the World. However, what has increasingly become called the Central Asian war is beginning to take center stage in global politics. This is not a clearly defined war, as all the major powers in the region have refused to directly sent troops into the areas involved, with Russia even pulling out its existing garrisons. Instead central Asia has ceased to have a functioning government for the most part, while Russia still claims the region it is mostly controlled by roaming militias and fanatical groups with the Arab League, Russia and the Union directly playing of opposing groups against one another in the resource rich region in attempt to gain direct control of the resources that it could provide.