— The Commander mentioning Al-Zakir
Hamid Al-Zakir (Persian: حمید الذاکر), (sometimes spelled Hamid El Zakir) is a former high-ranking officer who defected from the PLR. He is featured in the co-op campaign of Battlefield 3 in Exfiltration.
Snake 6-6 is tasked with escorting him safely back to the Humvees from his apartment in Baghdad. He relays information about Abu Muhammad and a company in Paris that holds important files detailing the PLR's attack plans.
- He wields a Saiga 12K semi-automatic shotgun.
- His head model is identical to Faruk Al-Bashir.
- The audio folder for "Exfiltration" contains several lines belonging to Al-Zakir, which identify him as "King of Spades" (ID_vo_co09_kingofspades_02 0 0 0 ). This could potentially be a reference to the real-life set of playing cards used by US forces during the 2003 invasion of Iraq in order to identify high-ranking officials of the Iraqi Ba'ath Party.
- He is impervious to bullets, explosives, or any other weapon. Thus preventing the player from killing him.
- Like Al-Bashir, Al-Zakir seems to be an Arabic surname, given its "Al-" definite article. This does not exist in Persian, which may be because of the game developer's overlook. Bashiri and Zakiri, however, would work.
- His appearance differs between the GamesCom 2011 co-op demo and the actual game. In the demo, he had a different hairstyle and a beard and mustache. In the actual game, he looks similar to Faruk Al-Bashir as mentioned above.
- He only has four lines in the game, all of them being spoken in Persian.
- He always appears to have 50% health on the health bar above him.
- Although he has a Saiga 12K, he never uses it at all in the entire mission, probably due to it being without a magazine, though this could have been overlooked by DICE.