Base of Operations
(Unidentified) New Mutants Annual #7 (1991); (members named) Uncanny X-Men Annual #15 (1991)
Desert Sword’s first recorded mission took them to Iraqi-occupied Kuwait to prevent the U.S. government’s own superhuman team, Freedom Force, from liberating trapped German scientist Reinhold Kurtzmann. Desert Sword located Kurtzmann first, then ambushed Freedom Force. In the ensuing clash, Aminedi beheaded Super Sabre and severed the Crimson Commando’s right arm before Freedom Force recovered Kurtzmann and retreated. Desert Sword followed and recaptured Kurtzmann, forcing Pyro to kill him to prevent the Iraqis from using his knowledge of nuclear physics to further their weapons development program. The situation escalated when the Crimson Commando and Avalanche were caught in a minefield, leaving Commando critically injured. The Veil was subsequently killed by Pyro, and the Blob was stabbed by both Black Raazer and the Arabian Knight before turning the tables on his attackers, severely injuring the Arabian Knight with his own sword. Avalanche carried the Crimson Commando to their designated extraction point, leaving the Blob and Pyro to be captured by Desert Sword.Held as prisoners, the Blob and Pyro were forced to serve as bodyguards to the Iraqi military commander until their freedom was ultimately secured by the Toad, who was seeking recruits for a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Later, Aminedi was reported to have died from an infection of the mutant-killing Legacy Virus. The Arabian Knight went on to battle the chemically-altered U.S. soldier Sandstorm, and subsequently argued with his fellow Pantheon agents Achilles and Ajax over the fate of a secret buildup of Muslim troops to help oppose Serbian ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. Eventually, the Arabian Knight was one of many apparently killed at random by the powerful mutant Humus Sapien. With only Sirocco and Black Raazer remaining active, the future of Desert Sword is uncertain.