- "This is the Kunar province, near the Pakistan border. Impenetrable terrain. Extensive cave networks. The troops call it "Enemy Central"."
- ―Phil Coulson
He refused to travel in the same Humvee as his friend James Rhodes, and while chatting with the airmen assigned to escort him, the convoy was attacked by members of the Ten Rings terrorist group. The soldiers were killed and while trying to flee, Stark was affected by the explosion of one of his own weapons, causing a large amount of shrapnel to penetrate his Bulletproof Vest and injure him.