"Battleground Manhattan": The international terrorist group Jihad launch an attack on New York City, striking at key points throughout Manhattan, in retaliation to the Suicide Squad's attack on Jotunheim. Their leader Rustam sends a public message t
- You're through when I say you're through! Get this straight, sleaze-ball -- I'm not your friend, I'm not your parole officer, I'm not your social worker, and I don't have to be nice to you! Now do as you're told or I'll blow off your arm myself!
- -- Rick Flag
Appearing in "Battleground Manhattan"
- Suicide Squad / Task Force X
- Derek Tolliver
- Anders (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "Battleground Manhattan"
The international terrorist group Jihad launch an attack on New York City, striking at key points throughout Manhattan, in retaliation to the Suicide Squad's attack on Jotunheim. Their leader Rustam sends a public message to the U.S. government to turn over the Suicide Squad to Qurac for their summary execution, or the Jihad will continue their attacks until their demands are met.
Amanda Waller orders the Squad to not engage the Jihad and return to Belle Reve as any action would expose Task Force X's existence. However, Flag and Bronze Tiger refused to obey Waller's orders, which she reluctantly concedes before telling them to "do it right this time!"
While Flag lays out the Squad's plans, Waller realized that since the Jihad are in Manhattan, Jotunheim is likely to be lightly guarded. Seeing an opportunity, Waller calls Harry Stein of Checkmate to have his organization to dig up any and all dirt on Derek Tolliver and Senator Joseph Cray—Checkmate is the only spy organization that Tolliver knows nothing about, thus giving Waller enough time to escape from Tolliver's blackmail.
Nightshade has finally recuperate from her ordeal and dons a new costume. She request Waller to send her back to the Squad to stop the Jihad in which the director obliges. Shortly thereafter, Waller gets a call from Tolliver, who announce that it is time for her help to re-elect Senator Cray.
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