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We are roaring along at 250 kilometres an hour, about five metres above ground level in the Iraqi desert. I am sitting on the outermost seat in the transport helicopter, feeling the heat of the motor exhaust against my left arm.

The night is black, but I have a clear view of the vast, flat landscape. It is dotted with bright spots created by the gas flares of countless oil refineries. Inside the cabin sit seven other Jaegers. The hollows of their eyes glow green through the faint light of night vision goggles. As always, they look calm and relaxed.

I check my equipment and weapon, a C8 carbine, one final time. The helicopter’s loadmaster, who directs us in and out of the cabin, sticks two fingers in the air. Two minutes from the target.

This is “Operation Viking,” a special operation involving Jaegers. Its purpose is to identify and gather information about the enemy and, if necessary, take him down. Tonight, the mission is to destroy a weapons depot.

Life has been hell during the last couple of months at Basra Air Station, which under Saddam Hussein was a civilian airport but now houses the western coalition forces: Operation Iraqi Freedom. It is also the 500-man Danish DAN-BAT battalion’s headquarters. The battalion is under the command of a 4000-soldier British brigade. The base has been under attack throughout the winter and spring of 2007. The Jaysh Al-Mahdi (JAM) militia, led by the Shia Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, has been firing rockets at the base from a radius of 5-10 kilometres up to 20 times a day.

A decision has been made to tackle the problem by locating JAM’s weapon depots in the region. A few Jaeger Corps teams have been summoned.