Chapter 4 - The RefugeesEdit

Chapter 4 - The Refugees
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The mission begins with the Delta team moving through "the Nest", a recently abandoned refugee camp in now underground buildings. Curiously, all sounds of the sandstorm outside have stopped. Walker warns them that

they are not alone down here. Lugo makes a remark about how someone has definitely been living down here, and Walker calls it survival, and says that it has probably been this way since the storms. Lugo laments that life is hard, but that the refugees have no excuse to kill soldiers. As they press forward, he asks why the American from the previous chapter was instructing the refugees to attack the soldiers of the 33rd, but no one can answer. As they descend further, they find a memorial of sorts, with candles laid over the ground. Here, Walker can find a doll, made after the sandstorms hit, though he hides it from the team, not wanting them to think about the families of the civilians they are killing. The team continues on, passing eerie pictograms, chimes, and some very disturbing artwork. Lugo notes that the rag-tag encampment is filled with expensive auxiliary items such as crystal, silk, and pianos.

The team then happens upon a squad of 33rd soldiers that have been executed. In the next room, they see the American that was leading the insurgents, who is now torturing and interrogating McPherson, the 33rd soldier who was kidnapped from the airplane. Their conversation reveals that the American, Castavin, is a CIA agent, and that they caused the locals to start fighting the 33rd again. McPherson taunts Castavin that he will not reveal anything, and when Castavin draws his sidearm, Lugo shouts out in protest. With Castavin distracted by the surprise, McPherson escapes from his bindings and turn the sidearm on Castavin and kills him. A stand-off then occurs between the Delta team and McPherson, who does not trust them. Walker can choose either to shoot him, or let him live, which causes McPherson to escape and warn the soldiers below about Delta, who he believes are more CIA agents.

After McPherson is killed or rappels away, Adams confirms that Castavin is in fact, CIA. The team rappels down, discovering CIA equipment and surveillance photos. Among them is Castavin's log, which details his observation that Dubai has gone to hell, with civilians rioting and killings one another. He says that the 33rd's attempts to control the populace have only made things worse. He says that he sent Agent Daniel to go back beyond the storm wall to radio the situation to Langley AFB. In the last sentence, he remarks that he predicts Langley will return with their own bad news.

If McPherson was allowed to escape, he now attacks the team with a fireteam of 33rd soldiers. If not, the team simply discusses their confusion on why the CIA is fighting the 33rd. Either way, they make their way through a door into another part of the Nest: a jury-rigged market. There, they see 33rd soldiers chasing civilians and firing their weapons, even while yelling "Stop running! This is for your own good!". (Though the soldiers are actually rounding up the civilians to move them away from the battlezone, Delta understandably thinks they are trying to kidnap and possibly kill the civilians.) The 33rd soldiers spot Delta, and open fire, thinking that they are CIA agents. Despite yelling that they are Delta, not CIA, the team does not convince the soldiers, who fight to the last man. Delta is forced to defend themselves, killing the soldiers in the process.

Lugo and Adams voice their frustration over killing fellow American soldiers, but Walker justifies it by saying that it was in self-defense, and that the 33rd is now rogue, operating independently of the US army. He then reiterates that they must find Konrad. They then open the next door into what appears to be a vast mall atrium.

Below them, they see 33rd soldiers rounding up civilians. They exclaim that the 33rd soldiers intend to kill them, and so they move downwards through the levels to kill the soldiers. Over the intercoms, the Radioman (without sympathy and indeed seemingly with maniacal enthusiasm) is announcing, apparently to the civilians, that the civilians broke the cease-fire with the 33rd and that "You chose this. Not us." He then puts on music to "play you off stage", solidifying Delta's belief that the 33rd is going to slaughter the civilians.

Delta moves down the atrium in a massive battle, killing dozens of 33rd soldiers as rock music blares through the intercoms. They dispatch a soldier with an M-32 grenade launcher, and Adams and Lugo become pinned down. Walker flanks the machine gun turret and kills its crew. He then turns it on the giant windows of the atrium, flooding the enemy postion with a massive pile of sand, burying the remaining soldiers alive.

Walker asks if the 33rd got away with any civilians, and Lugo replies in the affirmative. The remaining civilians approach the scene of carnage and begin to flock towards Delta's postion. Lugo says that they want Delta gone, so the team leaves through the broken windows into the desert.

End of Chapter 4


  • In the small CIA base, four bulletproof vests with "PRESS" printed on them can be found, implying the CIA unit was actually sent to Dubai before the storms hit. Castavin's Intel also implies that the team had contact with the CIA headquarters in Langley before the storms cut off communications. This does not match what Daniels, Gould or Riggs later say about the CIA's mission.


  • Walker examines the rough conditions of the refugee Camp in "the nest".
  • Agent Castavin interrogating McPherson.
  • I wonder why they don't believe you.
  • Firefight in the market
  • The 33rd rounding up civilians.
  • Shooting out the windows.
  • Retreating into the desert.

This is a collaborative walkthrough for Spec Ops: The Line. Please add any missing information to any section and/or correct any errors that you find.

The following walkthrough was written by Frank and edited by Chris, as directed by the walkthrough made by Skayler and GameOne.

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