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The Regime Squad (so named in this wiki) was a squad of members of a terrorist regime, who appeared in Season Nine of Criminal Minds.


The squad's origins are never revealed in detail, other than they were affiliated with the Islamic terrorist organization al-Qaeda. What is known about their activities prior to "200" was that they held the young daughter of a courier for Osama bin Laden, captive, and later killed her on February 2011 before ambushing and killing four soldiers sent to rescue her, along with two other people. On April 24 of the same year, they ambushed a convoy carrying JJ, Mateo Cruz, and undercover agents Tivon Askari and Michael Hastings, among others; at least six soldiers were killed while Askari and Hastings were safely recovered, with the latter faking his death as only Askari was exposed as a traitor.


Eventually, in 2014, several members of the regime, including Hastings and Askari, are assigned to retrieve codes that will access Integrity, a database containing information relating to Operation: Classified, a mission to track down Osama bin Laden; these codes are known only to BAU agent Jennifer Jareau and FBI Section Chief Director Mateo Cruz, the only other members aside from Hastings and Askari who are still alive. In the episode, several of its members abduct JJ and Cruz, both of whom are tortured by Askari, and later Hastings. Once both surrender the codes, they begin downloading the information onto Hastings's cellphone. Askari kills one member, presumably to remove loose ends, while the rest try to flee, only to be fired upon by the rest of the BAU, who are searching for JJ and Cruz. All of the members except for Hastings are killed, but Hastings is later killed during a struggle with JJ and Prentiss, while the downloading process is cancelled.

Known Members

  • Michael Hastings (leader; deceased). Portrayed by Tahmoh Penikett.
  • Tivon Askari (second-in-command; deceased). Portrayed by Faran Tahir.
  • Seven unnamed accomplices (four deceased; three with unknown statuses). All portrayed by uncredited actors.
  • Likely numerous unnamed members located overseas

Modus Operandi

The squad carried out their crimes mostly with pistols and assault rifles, but they have been demonstrated to also use explosives during the events prior to 200. Hastings and Askari, and also presumably other members, would utilize torture on their known abducted victims in order to extract important information from them.


No profile was made on the squad by the BAU since they were primarily focused on Askari, although it was briefly stated by Hotch that whoever abducted JJ and Cruz was highly motivated and organized.

Mutual Victims

  • October 2010, Afghanistan: Savin Mubari (tortured and killed by Askari through unknown causes)
  • 2011:
    • February:
      • Pakistan: The safe house ambush (all were either shot or blown up with a bomb set by Askari):
        • Four unnamed soldiers
        • Nadia Mubari's unnamed daughter (killed by Askari)
        • Two other unnamed people
      • Afghanistan: Nadia Mubari (raped by Hastings, then tortured and killed by Askari)
    • April 24, Afghanistan: The convoy ambush:
      • At least three unnamed soldiers (shot by regime members)
      • Two unnamed soldiers (blown up by Askari with a bomb)
      • An unnamed soldier (shot by Askari)
      • Jennifer Jareau (attempted, but barely survived; suffered a miscarriage as a result of the ambush)
      • Mateo Cruz (Askari attempted to kill him)
  • 2014, Washington, D.C., U.S.: