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By John J. Nance

In the wake of barren region typhoon, a defecting Iraqi scientist has printed Saddam Hussein's scary plans for a devastating counterstrike opposed to his enemies...and the area. without time to spare, American forces needs to remobilize to find and neutralize the underground laboratory the place a deadly super-virus is able to be unleashed. yet an eleventh-hour catastrophe thrusts the total challenge into the arms of Air strength comrades-in-arms Colonel Will Westerman and Reserve Colonel-turned-commercial pilot Doug Harris. Flying into the center of Iraqi energy, they have to depend upon their skills--and each one other--as by no means prior to, to accomplish a undertaking that appears an increasing number of like a suicide run...

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One of many squaddies shoved Doug within the again, knocking him into the rear of 1 of the armored body of workers providers as his lieutenant yelled at him to be cautious. The american citizens have been to be brought in good shape. He had informed his males the gift will be for them all. It was once Will’s flip then to climb within the rear hatch, and along with his palms now sure at the back of him, it was once tough. the ultimate soldier joined him within, leaving the door open because the column lurched away, the noise of the engine masking the sound of an American helicopter impending from the southeast. Amal used to be noticeable throughout the hatch, his face stuck in a rear searchlight from the APC, status on the fringe of the minefield with glistening eyes, his gun held limply via his part, his shoulders slumped, helpless to rescue the american citizens who had attempted to rescue him. To Will, he appeared like the saddest guy on the earth. 18 Airborne, north of Kirkuk, Iraq Sunday, March 10, 1991—7:00 A. M. (0400 GMT) Shakir Abbas watched the floor drop away, sporting his belly with it. His left hand damage from gripping the existence out of the facet rail at the seat, yet with the most door of the helicopter large open, the intimidating mix of engine and rotor noise with the stunning blast of chilly morning air made it most unlikely to chill his near-death grip. The helicopter pitched over sharply then, as though the ground have been throwing in the towel from below him. It felt as unusual and scary because the roller-coaster journey he had taken in an American leisure park as soon as, that catastrophic feeling of uncontrollable vacancy on your heart for those who rocket excessive and head down again—not fairly a discomfort, yet very alarming. Shakir closed his eyes momentarily, commencing them back whilst he learned the helicopter used to be easily picking out up pace as they headed north to choose up normal Hashamadi. “Are you okay, health care professional? ” one of many team individuals was once yelling at him in Arabic, and Shakir smiled and nodded. no longer a really convincing convey of self assurance, yet not less than he used to be striking on. within the guise of Dr. Damerji he had fumed, paced, sat, and slept for a complete day looking ahead to the overall to come back. someday ahead of sunrise, an identical mystery police officer who had escorted Shakir into city had reappeared, possible overjoyed with what he had prepared for the great surgeon. Damerji, he introduced, will be allowed to fly at the general’s helicopter whilst it left to fetch him from someplace towards the battling. Shakir had attempted to behave appreciative, yet deep inside of used to be the latent worry that his precise identification used to be identified to the guy, and that he was once being toyed with. A fatalistic photograph of being kicked out the door of the helicopter from 1000 toes up had performed time and again in his brain. Saliah may need to get alongside with no him finally. With the guards used to his presence within the makeshift headquarters, Shakir had all started wandering the halls the former afternoon, letting every one expedition take him farther and farther into a number of the rooms till he chanced on himself within the general’s place of work.

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