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By John J. Nance

In the wake of wasteland typhoon, a defecting Iraqi scientist has printed Saddam Hussein's scary plans for a devastating counterstrike opposed to his enemies...and the area. with out 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 full challenge into the fingers of Air strength comrades-in-arms Colonel Will Westerman and Reserve Colonel-turned-commercial pilot Doug Harris. Flying into the center of Iraqi strength, they need to rely on their skills--and every one other--as by no means ahead of, to accomplish a undertaking that appears increasingly more like a suicide run...

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I’ve received 4 pictures of an analogous spot in a ravine no longer too faraway from that street they have been looking. One used to be taken in advance of the RF-4 took the image of the construction and stuck of our workforce individuals, one because the rescue challenge was once starting, one 90 mins later, after the project ended unsuccessfully, and the final in midafternoon. The truck’s no longer within the first shot, it's within the moment shot, long past back within the 3rd shot, and again within the final one. And we’ve chanced on no infrared returns at the satellite tv for pc orbit after hour of darkness, that means the truck was once long past back after darkish. finally I’ve acquired a blowup of an identical spot that indicates the truck within the ravine is identical one who used to be on the construction with Westerman. What do you're making of all that? ” Phillips studied the colonel’s face, spotting a rhetorical query. “What do you're making of it, sir? ” Kerr nodded, the foremost to the puzzle in his fingers. “They’re no longer captured! I don’t know the way they bought an Iraqi truck, but when they’d been captured, their captors wouldn’t be hiding within the wilderness, they’d be heading for Baghdad or in different places. for those who have been Westerman and Harris, although, and you’d captured a truck, might you must force in sunlight with faded faces and a feminine engineer? ” “Hardly. I’d watch for darkness. ” Kerr thumped the image back. “Exactly what they did! ” Will hadn’t dissatisfied him. He knew his outdated buddy might have the option to wiggle out of the web. yet now the Iraqis knew besides. Kerr accumulated the images and aiding fabrics and charged upstairs, discovering normal Bullock within the valuable command submit. “Sir,” he defined rigorously, “this capacity our humans weren't captive as of the day gone by morning. ” “They are actually. ” Kerr used to be careworn. “I don’t comprehend. What’s occurred? ” Bullock crammed him in at the flash message from seek and Rescue. Sergeant Sandra Murray and a heavily injured Sergeant invoice Backus had simply flown out of Iraq and have been en path to a U. S. box sanatorium at Dhahran. Bullock driven his correct hand less than his glasses and rubbed his eyes in brief ahead of carrying on with. “Colonels Westerman and Harris have been taken at gunpoint by means of Iraqi squaddies as she and Backus acquired away. She’s no longer even certain they weren’t shot. ” Kerr threw the satellite tv for pc transparencies down at the console. “Shit! ” “Tell me approximately it,” Bullock acknowledged, taking a look up. “You take note i used to be insisting we inform Iraq we knew that they had our humans? That was once performed at ten P. M. ” Bullock heaved himself out of the chair and instinctively straightened his uniform. “So at sunrise this morning, bet what? because of the truth that we advised all of them concerning the American group they have been alleged to have captured yet hadn’t, the Iraqis went correct out and captured them. ” “General”—Kerr was once shaking his head—“that’s most likely only a twist of fate. There wouldn’t were sufficient time to mount a seek, specially with the civil warfare and the inability of command communications. ” Bullock nodded slowly. “I wish you’re correct. ” “Well, sir, it’s a moot aspect now, it sounds as if. ” Bullock sighed back. “We’ll be aware of extra in an hour.

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