- "Is this Bakhmala? The Khalid Khandil mission, that was you."
- ―Natasha Romanoff
Bakhmala is a small city in Afghanistan.
Sam Wilson and his para-rescue unit were tasked with apprehending Khalid Khandil, a notable target in Afghanistan. Khandil hid himself in an area protected by soldiers using RPGs, preventing the United States Armed Forces from sending helicopters to the area.
Wilson and his wingman, Riley, infiltrated the area using two sets of EXO-7 Falcon mechanical wing harnesses, allowing them highly-maneuvered flight. Wilson and Riley performed the mission in a way they performed similar operations, but Riley got hit by one of the RPGs, and Wilson could do nothing to help him.