Hassan is determined to stop you at any cost. He has pursued us back to a small base near his HQ. We must fend off his assault and build a Tiberium Refinery so we have the means to strike back.
- Objective One: Get production online by building a Tiberium Refinery.
- Objective Two: Destroy all of Hassan's Elite Guard.
After the First Tiberium War in part due to the apparant death of Kane, Nod's unity collapsed and the organisation splintered, although the GDI were far too weak to take advantage of this in order to fully reconquer the lands Nod had gained during that war, particularly in Africa.
The resulting Nod splinter factions eventually coelesced under the control of General Hassan of Egypt. But General Hassan had a shameful secret, in return for allowing him to safely remain in charge of Egypt and the Brotherhood he would carefully limit the level of hostilities between Nod and GDI forces to within certain bounds acceptable to the GDI.
Even as Nod forces faught the GDI in many places believing General Hassan to be with them; he for his part had arranged that they would never actually win and in return GDI would never utterly crush Nod holdings. But some individuals power could not be contained so easily and one such individual was Anton Slavik, the leader of the Black Hand; somehow he would have to be removed.
He was sentenced to death for GDI espionage (an almost certainly false charge). The execution was to be carried out in public and transmitted via the Nod News Network to Nod followers worldwide. The method? Lethal injection (with a "100% toxin and no sedative" mixture).
The execution was proceeding smoothly, until Slavik was suddenly liberated by a group of Anti-Hassan Nod rebels led by Slavik's future second-in-command, a female reporter known as Oxanna Kristos. After being transported to the Montauk, a subterranean Nod command vehicle, Slavik swiftly reassumed command after killing an American man who he believed had betrayed him to Hassan.
Hassan's Elite Guard had been sent to finally kill Anton Slavik and Oxanna Kristos as part of a cover-up of the earlier incident. But they had underestimated the power of the Black Hand and the support that Anton Slavik had among them.
Running into laser turrets they had not expected to encounter the loyalist's advance was swiftly halted. Once inside the base Anton Slavik was able to gather a force of Nod rebels sufficient to eradicate all the loyalist elite guards sent to eliminate him.
The resources available to both sides in the battle were severely limited. Probably due to Hassan's deliberate running down of the Black Hand's forces, the rebels raised were only able to be equipped as basic Light Infantry, yet the need to maintain the secrecy of the operation also limited the forces available to the loyalists, which never constructed a base of their own or deployed more powerful units.
Having defeated the force of Elite Guards, Anton Slavik was able to swiftly secure Sirte and the surrounding area. Having done so, the news of his survival and escape spread quickly throughout North Africa and beyond.
The news of his survival proved so devastating particularly because General Hassan had it reported on the Nod News Network that Anton Slavik had indeed been executed as had been planned and Oxanna Kristos had died in an accidental 'tunnel collapse', therefore popular trust in General Hassan and the Nod News Network was undermined by the mere fact they had survived.