By David Poyer
It's the eve of America's invasion of Iraq, and Saddam Hussein has threatened to assault Tel Aviv if a unmarried tank enters his nation. notwithstanding the U.S. has no intelligence at the form of position of the weapon, Naval Lieutenant-Commander Dan Lenson and a recon crew of Marines and armed forces execs are ordered to get rid of the risk. After a crippling trek into the Iraqi wasteland, the crew effectively locates the weapon within the underground tunnels of Baghdad, purely to discover that destroying it'll unharness a horror extra terrifying than someone may have imagined.
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