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"He couldn't get to us, so he had us slaughter each other."
Sunil Bakshi to Lance Hunter[src]

The Assassination of HYDRA Leaders was a series of attacks orchestrated by S.H.I.E.L.D. in an attempt to weaken HYDRA.


"Whitehall's dead. We cut off the head. And while HYDRA scrambles for a new one, I will crush them! I'm gonna make someone pay... whoever the hell it is."
Phil Coulson[src]

Phil Coulson kills Daniel Whitehall

Sunil Bakshi was the second-in-command of Daniel Whitehall, the leader of HYDRA in the United States of America.[2] Bakshi was captured by Grant Ward and presented to S.H.I.E.L.D. as a present.[3] Daniel Whitehall was killed during the Battle for the Kree City.[4] Twice a year, leaders from HYDRA would have a meeting. Among those who attend the meeting were Whitehall, Octavian Bloom, Baron Strucker, the Banker, the Baroness, and the Sheikh.[5]

Phil Coulson vows to destroy HYDRA

Phil Coulson, director of S.H.I.E.L.D., was visibly upset after the death of Antoine Triplett during the Battle for the Kree City, and wanted to ensure that HYDRA was crushed.[5] Coulson set up an agreement with Glenn Talbot where HYDRA captives would be transferred to his custody.[6] Since Whitehall was dead and they had Bakshi, Coulson came up with a plan that would involve setting Bakshi "free" so he could go to Bloom's mansion, which would help Coulson and his team cut off the remaining heads of HYDRA.[5]


Sunil Bakshi makes a deal for his life

"I know it's high-risk, but we have a small window to take advantage of HYDRA's lack of leadership."
Phil Coulson to Melinda May[src]

Octavian Bloom and Sunil Bakshi decided to kill the Sheikh, the Baroness and the Banker with the help of HYDRA agents as they suspected those three leaders of conspiring to assassinate the other leaders. The Sheikh was killed by gas that was released in the limousine that he was in; the Banker was killed by an accountant using a Splinter Bomb inside an elevator and the Baroness was poisoned with a petrifying substance derived from the Diviner in her champagne.

Octavian Bloom is killed

Meanwhile, Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse were waiting in a car outside when a bunch of HYDRA agents started to shoot at them. They activated the Car defense system which fired bullets at all the agents killing them. After the agents were dead Hunter and Morse drove the car and broke into Bloom's mansion. They killed the remaining HYDRA agents and Hunter shot Bloom in the head. After he killed Bloom, Hunter told Bakshi that Coulson knew him too well and that they promised him to Talbot. Morse and Hunter then took Bakshi into custody and gave him to Glenn Talbot.[5]


Baron Strucker leads HYDRA

"You're one of the last heads of HYDRA's old guard."
"Thanks in no small part to you."
Gideon Malick and Grant Ward[src]

HYDRA continued to operate based outside the United States of America, however, under the leadership of Baron Strucker[7], with Doctor List working in bases in the Arctic[8] and in Sokovia.[7] The HYDRA base in Sudan drew the attention of the Avengers.[9]

Sunil Bakshi would ultimately be kidnapped by Grant Ward and Agent 33 from the custody of Glenn Talbot, and brainwashed into working for them.[10]