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Drone Strike

  by David Austin

(about 407 pages)
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once we’re finished here.” Scott dismissed the compliment and asked, “What’s our next move, sir?” “That’s a good question, Scott. I would imagine a precision airstrike would be an option, but I’m not sure the president will be willing to approve what will be a very public attack on a known Russian facility.” “Sir, Tariq Kabbani is in that hangar. Give me a chance to get him out before we consider leveling the place.” Sloan said, “Your dedication to your asset is commendable, Scott. But I can’t risk your safety, or that of Joe’s team, in an assault on such a heavily guarded facility. This may be one of those situations where, as harsh as it sounds, he may have to be sacrificed if it means preventing that Reaper from getting back in the air.” The logical part of Scott’s brain was telling him the director was right. Hell, he’d had to make plenty of tough calls himself over the span of his career, so he got it. But Tariq was not just some low-level informant to be discarded because it was convenient. He had done excellent work. Been loyal. Provided high-quality, actionable intelligence. He deserved better. “There has to be something we can do,” Scott argued. “He’s in there right now getting his faced bashed in, and the best we can do is to drop a bomb on his head? Pardon my bluntness, sir, but that’s bullshit.” No one was more surprised than Joe at the outburst. It was arriving Caracal settled on the white H painted on the concrete pad and shut down the engines, allowing the rotors to come to a stop before the next delegation was brought out. It would not do to have the rotor wash ruffle the thobes and keffiyehs or tailored Italian and Saville Row suits of the region’s most wealthy monarchs. Once the next group was onboard and secured in their seats, only then would the rotor’s five blades gently flexing in the warm breeze spin up to full power and lift the helicopter into the air. The well-orchestrated air shuttle and motorcade departures would continue until all the delegations were delivered to the summit. Kuwait International Airport’s VIP terminal was a world-class operation, and no expense had been spared to ensure a premium experience for its clientele. Those amenities extended to the pilots and air crews transporting the rich and famous as well. A gym, showers, twenty-four-hour food service, and an impressive pilotslounge filled the second floor of the facility. On the roof was a large, enclosed and air-conditioned observation deck that provided a view of the tarmac and the expanse of desert beyond the airport’s grounds. Facing west, the deck was a popular spot to watch the sun set as it fell below the horizon. But the man wearing the generic uniform of corporate and charter pilots the world over, dark slacks and a white shirt with epaulets on his shoulders and gold wings pinned above his breast pocket

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