Al-Kut is a city in eastern Iraq located on the left bank of the Tigris.
Repeated insurgent attacks on an air base in Al-Kut, Iraq killed many people, including United Nations peacekeeping troops. As a result, James Rhodes was ordered by his superiors in the United States Armed Forces to have Iron Man to do reconnaissance in the area. However, Stark decided to solve the situation himself in order to save human lives.
Flying at supersonic speed to arrive before any official military response, Iron Man engaged the insurgents, being able to withstand their weaponry thanks to his armor and retaliating with his own weapons to kill every terrorist, realizing the Ten Rings were involved.
Stark then checked the status of the WHiH World News crew, who took shelter with civilians. The crew's work in the area warned Stark of the situation, as the journalists already knew his M.O. in these kinds of emergencies. The footage of Iron Man's intervention was sent to Stark Industries' public relations department. Thanks to the insurgents' deaths, the Red Cross was finally cleared to enter Al Kut.