KARIM MAHWASH NAJEEB

Real Name: Karim Mahwash Najeeb

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Terrorist, peace spokesman, CEO of various businesses

Group Membership: None;
Formerly Taliban

Affiliations: Avengers (Luke Cage, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers), She-Hulk, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Wolverine), Cat's-Paw, Fantastic Four (Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Darius Faraz, Andrei Gorlovich, Jemaah Islamiyah, Zakim Karzai, Dennis Kellard, Aftaab Lemar, SHIELD, Spymaster (Sinclair Abbott), Ara Tanzerian

EnemiesDr. Chen, Maya Hansen, Harold "Happy" Hogan, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Sal Kennedy, Mandarin, Ho Yinsen, Mrs. Yinsen, Yinsen's son

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: (Mentioned) Iron Man IV#8 (July, 2006); (Seen) Iron Man IV#10 (September, 2006)

Powers/Abilities: Karim Mahwash Najeeb was a talented and skilled terrorist and billionaire with connections and resources all over the world. After his death, he had a genetic virus attacked to his corpse that effectively destroyed a SHIELD Helicarrier.

History:

(Iron Man IV#11 (fb) (fb) - BTS) - The famous scientist Ho Yinsen took on a military contract to develop his weapons. He was eventually imprisoned in an Afghani prison camp, where he ended up implanting a control device in the brain of inventor Anthony Stark, who would eventually become Iron Man. Eventually, the men who had had this control device implanted, Dennis Kellard, Ara Tanzerian, Zakim Karzai, Aftaab Lemar, and Karim Mahwash Najeeb, ordered Yinsen to be killed. They then hired Andrei Gorlovich to find the sending unit that would allow them to control Stark, which Yinsen had hid in his home. Gorlovich snuck into the house and murdered Mrs. Yinsen, not knowing that her young son was watching from the shadows. Years later, Yinsen's son obtained the sending unit and planned to force Iron Man to murder each of the men who had caused Ho's death.

(Iron Man IV#8 (fb) - BTS) - Once the security minister for the Taliban, Najeeb turned over a new leaf and managed to get a cease fire in a deadly Middle Eastern conflict. He was said to be the only man the Jihadists would listen to.

(Iron Man IV#8 (fb) - BTS) - Najeeb developed a name for himself as a peace seeker. He was invited to speak at the Stark Industries peace summit.

(Iron Man IV#10) - Najeeb arrived at the peace summit with several security agents, including SHIELD agents, the Avengers (Luke Cage, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers), She-Hulk, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Wolverine), and the Fantastic Four (Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), stood by.

(Iron Man IV#11) - Najeeb gave his peace talk, calling upon events of history where peace had been settled, just before the son of Ho Yinsen, who was in the crowd, remotely ordered Iron Man to assassinate Najeeb. The defense systems and heroes leapt into action.

(Iron Man IV#15 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking to find the Mandarin and put him back in power, at some point Najeeb initiated an in-depth search for the famous villain. As part of his plot, he began providing biological weapons to several terrorist groups, including the Jemaah Islamiyah.

(Iron Man IV#16 (fb) - BTS) - Najeeb had his man Darius Faraz, who worked for Najeeb through his sub-contracted company CM Security Consultants out of Cyprus under a private operation contract through the United Nations, equip another terrorist group, Cat's Paw, with biological enhancements. A few of the terrorists were genetically manipulated and interfused with weapon-controlling chips as well as bioelectric impulses that siphoned energy directly from the limbic system. They were also given bio-hard drives attached to their optic nerves, which recorded and transmitted things they saw visually.

(Iron Man IV#13) - At the World Islamic Peace Coalition office in Stockholm, Sweden, Najeeb conducted an interview about his goal to spread peace and understanding through all governments and religions. He left to take a call that updated him on the search for the Mandarin. Finding that their leads were reaching dead ends, Najeeb encouraged hiring the Spymaster (Sinclair Abbott) to help them. Spymaster later attacked Harold "Happy" Hogan to use as bait against Stark, but Hogan managed to drop Spymaster off a high rise, severely injuring both of them.

(Iron Man IV#21 (fb) - BTS) - Najeeb had his men scouring the globe for the Mandarin's rings.

(Iron Man IV#15 (fb)) - Najeeb and his men tracked the Mandarin to the Nei Mongol Province in China, at the An Hu Po State Psychiatric Facility. They toured the facility with Dr. Chen, who denied that there was a Q-unit in the sub-basement but finally reluctantly showed them to the cell of the Mandarin. Inside the cell, the Mandarin sat surrounded by candles and reportedly had not had anything to eat or drink and had not slept in months.

(Iron Man IV#16) - Darius shot Dr. Chen, then Najeeb introduced himself to the patient and offered him his ten power rings. When the patient refused to answer Najeeb, Najeeb grew furious and ordered Darius to kill him. The patient moved unexpectedly, decapitating Najeeb's other aid. Najeeb shouted at Darius to kill the patient, but Darius killed Najeeb instead.

(Iron Man IV#15 (fb) - BTS) - Najeeb was reported missing to the world at large, his last known location being China.

(Iron Man IV#17) - SHIELD found Najeeb's body in China, not knowing it had been planted with a deadly genetic weapon. They took him back aboard the Helicarrier. When Maya Hansen and Sal Kennedy moved to perform an autopsy, the weapon expanded killing dozens, including Kennedy.

Comments: Created by Daniel & Charles Knauf, Patrick Zircher, and Scott Hanna.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Karim Mahwash Najeeb has no known connections to


Dr. Chen

(Iron Man IV#15 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Chen worked at the An Hu Po State Psychiatric Facility in the Nei Monggol Province in China. They received a mysterious patient on a train and kept him in the sub-basement. The patient, secretly the Mandarin, reportedly had not had anything to eat or drink and had not slept in months.

(Iron Man IV#15 (fb)) - Karim Mahwash Najeeb and his men toured the facility with Dr. Chen, who denied that there was a Q-unit in the sub-basement but finally reluctantly showed them to the cell of the Mandarin. Inside the cell, the Mandarin sat surrounded by candles.

(Iron Man IV#16) - Darius shot Dr. Chen.

--Iron Man IV#15 (Iron Man IV#15 (fb) - BTS, 15 (fb), 16



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Iron Man IV#16, p17, pan3 (main)
Iron Man IV#11, p7, pan3 (2nd)
Iron Man IV#17, p22, pan1 (virus)
Iron Man IV#15, p19, pan4 (Dr. Chen)


Appearances:
Iron Man IV#8 (July, 2006) - Daniel & Charles Knauf (writers), Patrick Zircher (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Iron Man IV#10-11 (September-October, 2006) - Daniel & Charles Knauf (writers), Patrick Zircher (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Iron Man IV#13 (December, 2006) - Daniel & Charles Knauf (writers), Patrick Zircher (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Iron Man IV#15-16 (April-May, 2007) - Daniel & Charles Knauf (writers), Roberto de la Torre (penciler), Jon Sibal (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Iron Man IV#17 (June, 2007) - Daniel & Charles Knauf (writers), Roberto de la Torre (penciler), Jon Sibal (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Iron Man IV#21 (October, 2007) - Daniel & Charles Knauf (writers), Roberto de la Torre (penciler/inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 03/07/08

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