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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon is a media franchise that began as a series of military tactical shooter video games created by Red Storm Entertainment, the game development studio founded by American author Tom Clancy. It then expanded into other media, including a novel series and a short film.

In the video games, the player is in charge of a squad of United States Army Special Forces operators from Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (5th SFG) stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Except for the "1st Battalion, 5th SFG" designation, this unit is entirely fictional. In Ghost Recon: Future Soldier it is revealed that the Ghosts have a second designation - the Group for Specialized Tactics (or GST, from which the term "Ghost" is derived) and are a Special Mission Unit under Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

The following list is in order of release date.

GamesEdit

Tom Clancy's Ghost ReconEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (Game)

In 2008, Russian ultranationalists have seized power in Moscow and are trying to return to the Soviet Union. Countries such as Ukraine and Belarus fall back into the Russian orbit.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Desert SiegeEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Desert Siege

In the year 2009, old hostilities between Eritrea and Ethiopia have resurfaced. Colonel Tesfaye Wolde of the Ethiopian military had participated in illegal arms trades with the same Russian ultra-nationalists who launched the coup the previous year (see above). Sparing no time at all, and with a newly refurbished arsenal, Col. Wolde seized the opportunity to reclaim Eritrea (which won independence in 1993). The situation garnered international interest when the conflict threatened the shipping lanes in the Red Sea. In response to a plea from the Eritrean government for international support, the Ghosts have been mobilized to stop Col. Wolde from advancing any further.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island ThunderEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder

In 2010 Cuba is free, or at least it is supposed to be. Since Fidel Castro's death in 2006, the island of Cuba is wary of the communist rule it had been under for nearly 50 years. It is time for the first free and open elections since Carlos Prio Socarras, who was overthrown by Fulgencio Batista in the early 1950s. The FDG (El Frente Democratico del Pueblo or People's Democratic Front) has fronted a man named Priego as their candidate. The FDG are an outspoken anti-American political faction that wishes to return Cuba to its perpetual state of independence. Although the FDG publicly denies utilizing violence as a means of coercion, the reality is quite the contrary, as the Ghosts quickly discover. Now it is up to them to set things right again, without making it appear that America is getting their hands too dirty, and ensuring the elections proceed smoothly.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jungle StormEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm

Taking place just after Island Thunder in Bogotá, Colombia, the drug cartel that had aided and financed the FDG in their efforts in Cuba has initiated a number of terrorist attacks against the Colombian government who have allied themselves with America. After Colombia's call for help following an attack on a U.S. Embassy, America responds by deploying the Ghosts to restore order and put the cartel out of business.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2Edit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2

There are two versions of Ghost Recon 2, for the Xbox, and the PlayStation 2/Gamecube.

PlayStation/GameCubeEdit

In a very subtle story line, which takes place in 2007, parallel the events in another of Tom Clancy's stories—that of Splinter Cell Chaos Theory. The main character, Sam Fisher, is in Korea at a missile battery. Ghost Recon 2 and Chaos Theory even use exactly the same movie cutscene sequence to depict an attack on the United States' state-of-the-art ship the USS Clarence E. Walsh stationed in the area to monitor recent aggressions between Korea and China against Japan. The storyline in Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is rather ambiguous in regard to who actually fired on the Walsh but the Ghosts are in fact implicated in something of a support mission to Sam Fisher (as they are told over comms - yet Sam is never named to them). The Ghosts are deployed by President David Bowers to stop the rogue Major General Paik. Two months later, Paik seizes a nuclear weapon and the Ghosts blow it up, resulting in the death of Paik.

XboxEdit

The year is 2011, in the wake of one of North Korea's worst famines, an insidious North Korean General—Jung Chong-Sun, influences the government to secretly divert humanitarian aid to beef up its army, slowly gaining power in the process. Fearful that North Korea is amassing huge quantities of military weapons, the new Chinese regime eliminates arms sales to North Korea. In response, the North Korean government initiates secret overtures to Russia, who strikes a quiet alliance. In the midst of another North Korean famine, food riots begin rocking the countryside and the rogue North Korean general assumes complete control of the army. Blaming China for the famine, he begins charging north to seize Chinese territory with tacit support from its new Russian ally. China moves to respond, but limits the level of escalation, fearing open conflict with Russia and a possible nuclear exchange. Instead, China officially agrees to a multinational force to safeguard the China-North Korean border. Unofficially, the Ghosts and other special forces go in. Their mission: cripple the North Korean threat and depose the rogue general.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2: Summit StrikeEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike

In 2012 the country of Kazakhstan has fallen into chaos. The Kazakh president and Security Council were assassinated in an explosion set by a notorious Pakistani warlord and arms dealer named Asad Rahil. With the President dead, the Kazakh military fractured into factions vying for political control of the country. Rahil quickly moved in and consolidated power using his corrupt Kazakh military contacts. A large group of soldiers loyal to the country of Kazakhstan has been working closely with U.N. ground forces to stabilize the region. The Ghosts have been sent in to capture Rahil and neutralize his military presence. They are working closely with a contact in the Kazakh military named Grigoriy Koslov. Together, the Ghosts and Koslov shadow the U.N. ground force’s assaults against Rahil’s troops and track him from the southern mountain ranges to the wastes of the arid badlands.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced WarfighterEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter

Panamanian rebels have stolen a U.S. black-ops spy plane and are going to trade it to Mexican rebels about to spearhead a coup d'tat. The guerrila leaders are General Ontiveros and his son, Carlos Ontiveros. At first it is just a routine operation for the Ghosts to retrieve the stolen Guardrail IX but then the guerrilas do acts such as captureing the American president (James Ballantine), the Mexican president, and assassinated the Canadian Prime Minister who all went to Mexico sign NAJSA, a treaty to share border responsibilities to curtail drug trafficking, illegal immigrants, and to stop terrorists throughout the hemisphere. Soon, Ontiveros captures U.S. ICBM codes and tensions rise with the Chinese and Russians who have "sketchy intel". In the final two missions you capture General Ontiveros and kill Carlos Ontiveros.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2Edit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2

It is 2014, just 24 hours after the events of GRAW. Rebels have taken control of the Panama Canal and are still fighting in Mexico. Scott Mitchell is sent in to Ciudad Juarez for most of the game to keep Mexican rebels from getting WMD's from a stolen Pakistani cargo ship in the Panama Canal. Scott and the "Ghosts" are covertly sent in until Ballantine and Mexico's president Ruiz-Pena sign NAJSA, when the war becomes official.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: PredatorEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Predator

After Indian-registered American mining ships are attacked and dozens killed off the coast of Sri Lanka, The Ghosts are deployed to Sri Lanka, where they find the enemy may not be who it seems. The Ghosts were inserted 72-hours ahead of the fleet to prepare for the invasion.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow WarsEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars

As the commander of the Ghosts, your mission is to stop the Russian ultranationalist Yuri Treskayev from coming to power. From the hot deserts of Kazakhstan to the towns and villages of Ukraine and the frozen lands of Siberia, you must discover and disable the secret Soviet-era “Dead Hand” bases which Treskayev is using to build an army of drones to seize power. You will have access to full resources to build, train, and equip your team, using increasingly high-tech weapons and armor.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon WiiEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wii

After being inserted in Moscow and separated from the rest of their team, Ghost soldiers Hibbard and Booth must operate as a two-man team, relying on the intel of the local militia to fight their way to their target in a city infested with enemies. With the numbers clearly not in their favor, they will have to use their advanced weaponry and training to make sure the odds are.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future SoldierEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

The story follows a Ghost team consisting of John Kozak, 30K, Pepper, and Ghost Lead as they fight an Ultranationalist group called Raven's Rock and their special forces known as the "Bodark".

Ghost Recon CommanderEdit

Main article: Ghost Recon Commander

The Ghosts insert into Nicaragua in order to aid and abet a rebellion against President Raphael Rivera and stop him before he deploys a WMD.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon PhantomsEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms is a free-to-play multiplayer shooter. It was originally know as Ghost Recon Online and features a conflict between the Ghosts and a group of ex-soldiers known as the Phantoms.

Ghost Recon TrilogyEdit

Main article: Ghost Recon Trilogy

Ghost Recon Trilogy is a collection of three Ghost Recon titles.

Ghost Recon WildlandsEdit

Main article: Ghost Recon Wildlands

The Ghosts are sent to topple one of Bolivia's biggest, most vicious drug cartels in a brewing conflict.

Other mediaEdit

FilmsEdit

Ghost Recon: ALPHAEdit

Main article: Ghost Recon: ALPHA

A Ghost Lead and his team are sent to Russia to shut down a rogue operation.

Ghost Recon filmEdit

Main article: Ghost Recon (film)

A Ghost Recon film has been proposed by the CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

Short storiesEdit

"The End Begins: Ghost Recon"Edit

Main article: The End Begins: Ghost Recon

In the story, Colonel Harris briefs General Keyes and other officers about the Ghosts led by Scott Mitchell.

MiscellaneousEdit

Future WarEdit

Main article: Ghost Recon Future Soldier: Future War

The Future War trailer showcases Operation "Take Down Overlord" and the technology to be featured in the unreleased 2010 version of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

Ghost Recon Phantoms WebcomicEdit

Main article: Ghost Recon Phantoms Webcomic

This is a short lead-in to Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms.

Other Tom Clancy worksEdit

Tom Clancy's EndWarEdit

Mitchell is the leader of the Joint Strike Force and several Ghosts lead battalions under his command.

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.Edit

The Ghosts appear in Tom Clancy's HAWX. In Tom Clancy's HAWX 2, a Ghost Lead fields a team in support of the H.A.W.X. Squadron. In an 8-bit minigame for HAWX 2, the squadron protects a Ghost Recon team from heavy enemy weapons.

NovelsEdit

Aside from the games, four novels have been released, in addition to EndWar novels which feature the Ghosts.

Tom Clancy's Ghost ReconEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (novel)

The Ghosts fight a rogue General.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Combat OpsEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Combat Ops

Captain Mitchell must fight both the Taliban and US military politics in Afghanistan.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Choke PointEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Choke Point

Following the Raven's Rock coup, new Ghost Lead Andrew Ross leads his team to rescue a captive CIA officer in Columbia, where they soon find the trail of a new enemy.

Ghost Recon Wildlands: Dark WatersEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands: Dark Waters

The Ghosts must rescue hostages from rogue Venezuelan troops.

Tom Clancy's EndWar novelsEdit

Main article: Tom Clancy's EndWar: The Hunted

Captain Alexander Brent leads a Ghost Team during World War III to hunt the Snow Maiden operative. In the book's immediate sequel, Tom Clancy's EndWar: The Missing, Scott Mitchell is seen in command of several JSF combat operations.

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