What Haqqani seeks and ultimately obtains are the embassy’s “crown jewels” -- the names of all undercover assets working on America’s behalf in the troubled region. By tracking down and executing those covert operatives, Haqqani and his ultra-violent jihadi network would rise to power in Afghanistan.
Bungling CIA Director Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) has the top secret documents with him inside the embassy vault. But Lockhart’s resolve to protect the list weakens as he watches hostages get killed one after another on closed-circuit TV.
“Give it to me and no one else dies,” Haqqani promises as he holds a knife to the throat of CIA analyst Fara Sharazi (
“I’m giving him what he wants,” Lockhart nervously announces.
“Open that door and we’re all dead,” warns Ambassador Martha Boyd (Laila Robins), “including the assets on that list!”
Lockhart fails to heed this sound advice, however, and surrenders the invaluable documents. Then Haqqani breaks his word about no more killing as he brutally stabs Fara and leaves her to die in the arms of Max (
About the only hope for the embattled Americans are CIA black ops specialist Peter Quinn (
While this carnage unfolds, CIA station chief Carrie Mathison (
“Send a platoon,” Carrie screams on her cellphone to Lt. Colonel Aasar Khan (Raza Jaffrey), counter-terrorism chief for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.