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Rustam was a super-powered terrorist who worked out of Qurac, and the leader of the terrorist group Jihad.

Raza Kattuah was a secular Iranian and an ally of the Americans against the Iranian Islamic Republic government. He hated the Americans but thought the Iranian extremists were worse and helped them in rescuing a Pakistani embassy official Dr. Ali, who was a source of General Wade Eiling. His family was however accidentally killed in an American attack.[1][2] This made him an enemy to the United States and thus the Suicide Squad. He carried a flaming scimitar, called the Psi-Scimitar that could cut through anything.[3]

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The Jihad auditioned for President Marlo of Qurac by destroying a fake airport. They used real Quraci citizens to set the scene, and Rustam destroyed an entire plane using his powers. This was a success and Marlo hired them to kill the American President. The other members of this team included Chimera, Djinn, Jaculi, Manticore, and Ravan. Amanda Waller sent the Suicide Squad to attack their fortress Jotunheim.[3] Rick Flag ambushes Rustam in his quarters, and the two men fight, but Rustam escapes when Flag is distracted. Rustam kills the Suicide Squad member Mindboggler, shooting her in the back with a machine gun. In the aftermath of this encounter, most of his operatives are killed, but Rustam vows to rebuild the Jihad.[4]

Trapped in Skartaris

Rick Flag went after Jihad out of guilt of exposing the Suicide Squad. He had learnt from his his father about a secret entrance into their base of Jotunheim located in Qurac and the atomic bomb buried beneath it. He was eventually discovered by Rustam and both fought each other to a standstill, but he was successful in detonating the bomb.[5][6] Rustam used his Psi-Scimitar to open a hole in space-time before they were both killed and spent six months falling through it.[1]

Both Rustam and Flag landed in different spots of Skartaris, the land where the Psi-Scimitar originated, and found its powers exhausted. He eventually found Flag upon hearing gunshots, deciding to work together with him since the dinosaurs were a greater threat and he knew more about jungle combat. They decided to seek shelter in a cave since Rustam knew the sun never set in the place and Flag was saved by him from being killed by a pterodactyl while being lost in his thoughts. Rustam himself was overwhelmed but was saved by Flag who used his Psi-Scimitar to kill it. The two decided to leave the cave, fearing the pterodayct may have bene using it as home and eventually found their way to a temple.[1]

Inside the Skartaris temple, Rustam studied the inscriptions on a wall and found that the Psi-Scimitar travelled to where it originated on its own but its powers were exhausted since it had to carry two people. It had however started regenerating its power on its own and can only be used by a man who has a warrior's heart. They were suddenly attacked by anthropomorphic dinosaurs but were able to kill them all. Rustam however found the Psi-Scimitar had finished replenishing its energy and tried killing Rick, but was strangled in the fight. Flag took his Psi-Scimitar and used it to go back home on the advice of Jennifer Morgan.[2]

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  • Psi-Scimitar: Rustam used a semi-sentient mystical artifact known as the Psi-Scimitar. The Psi-Scimitar generated a flaming blade of energy from its hilt, and could open up dimensional portals.

  • The name "Rustam" is a reference to Rostam, a mythical hero of ancient Persia.