Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country in Asia.
In the 2000s, the War on Terror began as terrorist groups spread across Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East. The CIA deployed several operations in Afghanistan, tasking several agents to supervise it, such as William Rawlins and Sarah Russell.
Tony Stark traveled to Afghanistan on a business trip in order to host a demonstration of the Jericho missile designed by Stark Industries for the United States Air Force. Together with James Rhodes, Stark arrived at the Bagram Air Base, where he was greeted by William Gabriel and prepared to leave for the site of the demonstration. Giving a speech about the importance of weapons to maintain world peace, Stark unleashed a Jericho over a mountain range, impressing the officers.
The United States Air Force convoy was deployed to escort Tony Stark and the other attendees to the demonstration. Stark refused to travel in the same Humvee as Rhodes, and while chatting with the airmen assigned to escort him, the convoy was attacked by members of the Ten Rings. The soldiers were killed and while trying to flee, Stark was affected by the explosion of one of his own weapons, causing a large amount of shrapnel to penetrate his Bulletproof Vest and injure him.
While unconscious for the effect of the injuries, he was kidnapped by the Ten Rings and taken to the war camp in Afghanistan, in order to film a video for their then unrevealed employer. Rhodes' convoy arrived to Kunar five minutes after Stark's, but by that time, Stark was already gone.
Upon his arrival to the base, Stark had to be operated by Ho Yinsen who tried to remove the shrapnel that penetrated Stark's chest. Being unable to remove all the pieces, Yinsen had to insert an electromagnet powered by a car battery to keep the shrapnel from reaching Stark's heart and killing him. When Stark recovered consciousness, Yinsen explained his current condition and acted as his translator and for them. Abu Bakaar instructed him to make a missile for them, and after being tortured and shown a vast arsenal of Stark Industries weapons.
However, Yinsen convinced Stark to make a difference in what could possibly be the last days of his life, so instead of making a missile, Stark and Yinsen developed a miniature Arc Reactor so Stark to increase Stark's chances of surviving the shrapnel injury, and they secretly started working on an armor powered by the reactor that will help them escape. After working on the armor for three months, Stark and Yinsen formed a strong bond between one another. Unhappy with Stark's progress, Raza threatened to kill Yinsen and gave them an ultimatum, one more day to construct the missile.
Stark and Yinsen finished assembling the armor, and Yinsen tried to distract the terrorists so Stark could charge it. Stark burned down the base, killing the terrorists, only to find Yinsen critically injured and eventually died. Enraged, Stark destroyed all weapons in the base and flew out of the area. He crashed landed in a deserted area and wandered until one of the search and rescue units commanded by Rhodes found him and moved him back to the United States. The remnants of Stark's armor were recovered by Raza and the rest of the Ten Rings.
Later, Tony Stark discovered the massive offense in Gulmira by the Ten Rings using the Jericho missiles. Donning his Mark III armor, Stark travel to Afghanistan where attacked the terrorists in Gulmira without harming the human shields and civilians that had been taken as hostages. Leaving Abu Bakaar to the mercy of the residents of Gulmira, Stark located more arsenals containing fully-armed Jericho missiles and destroyed them.
During S.H.I.E.L.D. investigation surrounding the events of the Kidnapping of Tony Stark, Nick Fury and Phil Coulson immediately traveled to Gulmira to analyze Stark's role during his attack to the Ten Rings. They find footage recorded by the terrorist and intended to frighten civilians. The footage shows Stark in his armor defeating the terrorists.
Meeting with the Ten Rings
Obadiah Stane traveled to Afghanistan in order to recover Tony Stark's armor prototype accompanied by a group of mercenaries. Stane reunites with Raza, who offered the armor in exchange for an army of "iron soldiers". However, Stane paralyzed him using a Sonic Taser while his mercenaries disarmed the terrorists. After exiting the area, Stane ordered the mercenaries to massacre the terrorists to avoid having any witnesses of his actions.
Tony Stark returned to Afghanistan during his early quest of establishing world peace, using his newly created identity as Iron Man. Stark cleaned several square miles of a landmine-infested desert outside of Kabul, which was littered with explosives placed by the Ten Rings in addition to Soviet landmines, in order to kill the canine brigades tasked by the Afghani armed forces to detect the explosives.
Stark launched his patent-pending design, the Magna-Drone to follow him as he flew in his Iron Man Armor over the desert, activating it once it reached a safe altitude. The Magna-Drone was able to attract and retrieve the landmines with a 100% retrieval and non-detonation rate.
James Rhodes was assigned by United States Air Force on several missions to battle different cells of the Ten Rings. Rhodes traveled to the Ghazni where he had to battle a group of heavily armed terrorists, which attacked him with Rocket-propelled grenades, making Rhodes wonder where would they be able to obtain such firepower.
Rhodes returned to the Bagram Air Base where he contacted Tony Stark, busy at the moment with the construction of Stark Tower in New York City. Stark told Rhodes how he tried to track them for being responsible of his kidnapping, but his investigations after confronting them at Gulmira led to nowhere, as the Ten Rings operated in autonomous cells, and the highest-ranking operative in each cell had one contact in another cell, but not with the overall leader.
Rhodes informed about a lead he obtained, a plan about a bioterror attack in Asia, and Rhodes intended to capture those responsible for such an important operation, as they would probably have more knowledge about the organization than the rest of the operatives.
Graduating from United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Erik Stevens was recruited by the United States Navy SEALs. Within the SEALs, Stevens was stationed in Afghanistan, having the highest body count in his unit.
United States Marine Corps stationed Frank Castle and Gosnell under Ray Schoonover's command in Afghanistan, undertaking classified missions behind enemy lines. During their service, Castle witnessed Gosnell suffer terrible facial wounds and was awarded the Navy Cross for his service.
Arrest of Khalid Khandil
Sam Wilson and his para-rescue unit were tasked by Air National Guard with apprehending Khalid Khandil, a notable target in Bakhmala. Khandil hid in an area protected by soldiers using RPGs, preventing the United States Armed Forces from sending helicopters to the area. Wilson and Riley infiltrated the area using two sets of EXO-7 Falcon mechanical wing harnesses, allowing them highly maneuvered flight.
Wilson and Riley performed the mission in a way they performed similar operations, but Riley got hit by one of the RPGs, and Wilson could do nothing to help him. Wilson continued his mission and apprehended Khandil; he returned to the United States and started working for the Department of Veterans feeling guilty for Riley's death.
Starting the Operation Cerberus, William Rawlins, and Ray Schoonover founded the Cerberus Squad, consisting Frank Castle, Billy Russo, Gunner Henderson and more soldiers from various United States Armed Forces divisions. Stationed in Kandahar, Rawlins and Schoonover assembled the squad in Cerberus Squad Compound and stated that their missions would involve capturing, interrogating, and killing high-value targets.
As Operation Cerberus progressed, the Cerberus Squad eliminated dozens of hostiles across Afghanistan. However, unbeknownst to the squad, missions were unsanctioned by United States Congress or the CIA. Working with Morty Bennett, Rawlins established an illegal drug trafficking ring to sell heroin in the United States through Schoonover's contacts in order to fund their missions.
Meanwhile, Afghan National Police collaborated with the Homeland Security, as Ahmad Zubair cooperated with Dinah Madani to investigate the criminal activity in Kandahar. Eventually, Zubair discovered William Rawlins' heroin traffic, operated by US soldiers. Madani convinced Zubair to testify against them, however, he was kidnapped by the Cerberus Squad before he could make a statement.
Zubair was brought to the disclosed location where Rawlins interrogated him to find out who else knew about the Operation. Under torture, Zubair confessed that he is the only one who knew about them. In order to cover the incident with Zubair, Rawlins labeled him as a terrorist and ordered Frank Castle to execute him and bury his body in the Afghan desert, removed a bullet from his skull.
Eventually, Afghan terrorist groups caught onto Cerberus Squad's tactics and leaked information that a high-ranking terrorist leader was located in Kandahar in an isolated compound. William Rawlins ordered the squad to attack the compound despite the risk of ambush and a terrain unsuited for helicopter evacuation. The battle proved to be a disaster, with Ray Schoonover losing an arm and most of the squad dead or injured. The remaining squad members were saved due to the actions of Frank Castle, who single-handedly fought his way into the compound and killed the insurgents inside.
When returning to base, Rawlins coldly and repeatedly asked the surviving squad members if they eliminated their target, unconcerned with the large casualty rate. Castle proceeded to punch Rawlins in the side of the head hard enough to puncture the orbital socket and blind him in the left eye. With the squad heavily injured and the loss of confidence in Rawlins' leadership, Operation Cerberus shut down soon after. The Cerberus Squad was demobilized and surviving soldiers returned to the United States.
Rescue of Tony Stark
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|Appearances for Afghanistan|
In chronological order:
- The Punisher: 1.09: Front Toward Enemy
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.01: Laws of Nature
- Iron Man
- Iron Man: Security Measures
- Iron Man 2: Public Identity
- The Avengers: The Avengers Initiative
- Iron Man 3 Prelude
- Black Panther
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.10: The Bridge
- Daredevil: 2.05: Kinbaku
- Inhumans: 1.03: Divide -- And Conquer
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- The Punisher: 1.03: Kandahar
- The Punisher: 1.05: Gunner
- The Punisher: 1.01: 3 AM