Greeting from the Republic of Khuzig!
Here's a (quite) brief history of the nation.
History of the Nation of Khuzig
1947 - Independence from Syria
In March 1947, An Independence movement began in the city of Samasus known as Movement for Free Khuzig. Resistance from the al-Quwatli government was strong, however, support from the US, in a bid to prevent a Communist government arising greatly helped the people of Khuzig. In January of the next year, after the routing of the Syrian 1st Infantry Brigade, Independence was gained. The people elected Abdul-Rahman Samara as president of the new country. The US quickly allied with the fledgling republic, securing military access to the country.
1949 - Joining the UN
In 1949, the country joins the UN.
1950 - Khuzig Troops see Action
Due to entrance into the UN, Khuzig deployed an Infantry Regiment, and Armoured Company armed with a mix of US and ex-German weaponry to Korea. The units saw action in the Battle of White Horse, where the 1st Armoured Company's M4A3(76)W's were used to great effect against the M3 Stuarts of the PRC. Captain Midhat Jalil Ajam was responsible for a push on the hill when his vehicle took out a command tank of a Chinese unit. In doing this, he also relieved a platoon of the French Battalion. After the battle, he recieved the Croix de Guerre for his actions.
1962 to 1974 - Modernization
The country begins modernization of it's military in 1962. With this came an increase in the military's size. The Infantry Regiment was increased to Brigade strength, and a Second Brigade was raised as well, while the Armoured regiment was increased to Regimental size, supplemented with surplus M4A3E8's provided by the US. At this time, Khuzig's President, Mirza Abdulrashid, signed a contract with Springfield Armory to replace the aging M1 Garands with M14s. The UZI was adopted as an NCO weapon, and the FN MAG adopted as a Light MG. In 1974, after some conflict with the Kurdish people in the north of the country, the new president, Hatim Boulos acquires the M16A1 for the military. At the same time, the Shermans were replaced with the M60 Patton. The 1st Air Combat Squadron, previously equipped with the F-86 Sabre, is equipped with the F-4 Phantom.
1990 - Desert Shield, and Desert Storm
Prior to the ensuing conflict with Iraq, the government had constructed an airport in Samasus, as well as an airbase. The United States was permitted to station a Fighter Wing at the base. When Desert Shield began, Khuzig contributed their Airborne Company, also known as "The Sultans of Rabihsa", to the units in Saudi Arabia. The unit was attached to the XVIII Airborne Corps. When combat Operations began, the unit saw combat alongside the US 82nd Airborne, and the French Foreign Legion. In addition, the First Armoured Regiment saw combat alongside the Second Infantry Brigade against the Medina Division of the Iraqi Republican Guard in the Battle of Medina Ridge. During the Iraqi Scud campaign, the city of Al Sanaykish was used by Coalition Special Forces as a staging point on the Iraqi Border.
1992 to 2003
After the Gulf War, Khuzig provided basing for US units during Operation Provide Comfort, and Operation Northern Watch. The Khuzig Air Force contributed to both Operations as well. In July 1998, a fighter, flown by Flight Commander Yousef Saqqaf is damaged by an Iraqi SAM. In 1994, the Khuzig army begins training it's own Special Forces unit, "The Desert Jackals". With assistance from the US and French militaries, the unit is activated on the 1st of February, 1995.
In 2001, in the aftermath of the attack on the United States, Khuzig pledges to assist the United States in it's War on Terror. The Desert Jackals are the first units from Khuzig to see combat in Afghanistan. Two fire teams are dropped in Herat province on October 8th, 2001. Their objective was to assist Northern Alliance Forces. The 1st Infantry Brigade saw elements deployed after the Fall of Kabul, specifically, to Farah Province and Herat. They return to Khuzig in February of 2002, having grinded their teeth in the first COIN war that Khuzig would take part in.
In May of 2003, the Second Gulf War begins. The 2nd Infantry Brigade is deployed to the Kuwait, and takes part in the Invasion from the South. Elements from The Desert Jackals are dropped into Northern Iraq to assist Kurdish forces. While 1st Infantry Brigade deploys with the US 75th Ranger Regiment to take Objective Serpent. As the Invasion ended, the Insurgency began. The conflict began to bleed over into Khuzig itself. On October 5th, 2003, a suicide bomber, belonging to al-Queda in Iraq detonates their vest in Samasus, killing President Ilyas Zaman. Police are placed on High Alert, and begin to militarize heavily, angering the political left. The US assists the Khuzigian Government by deploying Task Force Operators into the country.
2004 - Operation Sleeping Tiger
The COIN campaign began officially on October 5th, after President Zaman was killed, however, the campaign could not truly begin until the inauguration of his Vice President, Bakr Boulos was finished. In May of 2004, the operation reaches it's peak when a training camp is destoryed by a combined force of US Delta operators, and Khuzig Desert Jackals. The battle saw the seizure of training videos, numerous weapons, and the supplies to make suicide vests. Also recovered were operational plans, and maps marking weak points on the Iraqi border. With the information recovered, forces were able to ffectively decrease violence in the country.
2011 to the Present - More Violence
The Syrian Civil War begins. While the government tries to downplay the danger to it's civilians, it takes precautions incase of violence spilling over. In 2014, ISIS begins operations in Khuzig. Swathes of land is taken, and the Kurds in the North start acting on their own. The US, French, and Britain deploy SF into Khuzig's borders. In October 2014, the CTJF contributes to liberation of areas under IS control via airstrike, crippling further IS offensives for the time being. January 2014 sees the relocation of President Galal Ahmed, and Vice President Yaqoob Mohammed to the city of Saliwit due to the close proximity of approximately 3,000 IS militants. As of May 2016, fighting is still occuring in Samasus, despite CTJF and Khuzig efforts to displace the enemy forces. Numerous paramilitary groups have begun operations in the country. The YPG have been able to push ISIS out of most of the North, while the Tigers of Samasus, a group consisting of former Desert Jackals and Sultans of Rabihsa members, have been fighting alongside Police and Army units in the capital.
In 2015, French SF teams are deployed to direct airstrikes on locations believed to be HQ's for local ISIS forces. In October of the same year, the 1st Infantry Brigade, assisted by elements of the Desert Jackals, YPG, US Delta Force operatives, and British SAS lay siege to the town of Sharib, which had been taken by ISIS in August of 2014. After a month of fighting, the town is liberated.
February 2016 sees the appearance of Russian Spetsnaz in the area of al-Sanaykish. To date, they have not engaged Khuzig's military, and have concentrated on engaging ISIS.