In Country – 157

Written by: Dana Coen; Watch Now: – Sorry, not available on Amazon

[A follow-up to the previous JAG stories where nuclear material was stolen from Russia, a Russian submarine captain was recruited by Kabir, and Kabir’s brother committed suicide after being tried for terrorism by Harm and Mac – with Chegwidden defending.]

Gunny (G) was in Afghanistan working black ops with Clayton Webb (W) trying to find Kabir and accidentally called in a strike against a civilian vehicle. The family was to have been warned to stay home by Gunny’s eight month native friend, Fareeza, who was documenting Afghan genealogy, so they didn’t suspect anyone but Kabir would be on the road. The SecNav sent Harm (H) and Mac (M) back to Afghanistan to “keep a watch for the navy’s interests.” They elicited Gunny’s help to keep tabs on Webb. A local warlord and informant, Zumai Fureeq, tried to get Webb to take out his competition by giving a false location of Kabir; but, Webb realized it and didn’t follow through with the payment. Harm and M found that the village had not been warned by Fareeza, then found a young boy who recognized her picture as being with a “man with one brown and one blue eye” – Kabir. Going back to camp, M swerved to miss a goat and hit a land mine with their HumVee’s tires throwing H out of the vehicle and into a mine field. On the way back to vehicle he stepped on a mine which would detonate when he lifted his foot. Mac slid an ammo box over it so H could stand on it then jump to safety. They needed to hike back to camp and ended up “sharing body heat” sleeping under the stars on a bluff overlooking a small group of huts – which would be hit later that night by a strike called in by Webb.

Back at JAG headquarters Singer (S) appeared to Harriet (Ht) to be gloating over H and M being missing so called her a “coward” and suggested they “remove their bars.” Harriet took her into a closed office and decked her. Later Singer told Chegwidden that she had walked into a door and that she would “respond, but not in a way that the admiral needed to be concerned about.”

Bud (B) and Coates (Co), on board the carrier, sparred with Dale Woodley, a CIA agent who was using inappropriate tactics in interrogation. Woodley stormed out telling B that “this one is all yours.” Bud was actually able to get the location of Kabir’s camp from the US trained, captive terrorist by talking about star trek. Webb called in the massive strike and wouldn’t listen to Gunny who tried to get him to change it into a rescue mission (of Fareeza)… so gunny decked him to get his attention. Finally Webb listened but couldn’t get the strike changed. Webb told Gunny of a woman he knew in South America before an uprising, intending to commiserate with Gunny but claimed what happened to her was “classified.” Bud was shown advising the captain and legally “approving” the strike which nearly took out H and M, who were sleeping on the bluff. The next day H amd M were found walking down the road and taken to the village where W and G were helping sift through the body’s and Commander Teresa Coulter was helping with forensics. They pulled Fareeza from the rubble and before she died she said that she had run into Kabir at the first house she went to warn but he had convinced the family that she was actually a CIA agent and they needed to flee in the same direction he was going. Of course they were the ones who were killed by Gunny’s attack and Kabir escaped. Webb quoted the words: “Nuestro amor de es el nino del padre (our love is the child of a cruel father)”, to the grieving Gunny. A few of the dead also had radiation poisoning and one of the huts was still “hot.” They found a severed finger with a ring inscribed to Kabir and initially thought he was dead; but, Coulter discovered that it had been cut off and not blown off. At the end Kabir was shown waving goodbye to a truck with a bandaged hand.

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