Stark arrived into Bagram Air Base, traveling in his own private jet with his friend James Rhodes, where he was greeted by General William Gabriel and prepared to leave for the site of the demonstration.
As War Machine, Rhodes battled groups of heavily armed terrorists in Afghanistan, India and Sudan, with virtually identical weaponry despite having no common location or ideology; he deduced that a common benefactor was supplying terrorists under the flag of the Ten Rings to fulfill his own agenda.
Rhodes returned to the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, where he contacted Tony Stark, busy at that moment with the construction of Stark Tower in New York City. Stark told Rhodes how he tried to track those responsible for his kidnapping, but his investigations after confronting them at Gulmira led to nowhere, as the Ten Rings operated in autonomous cells, and the highest-ranking operative in each cell had one contact in another cell, but not with the overall leader.
Rhodes informed about a lead he obtained, a plan about a bioterror attack in Asia, and Rhodes intended to capture those responsible for such an important operation, as they would probably have more knowledge about the organization than the rest of the operatives.