abortive mission

abortive mission

A mission or raid that has been turned back or flown to a friendly base before completing its assigned mission for reasons other than enemy action.
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He has been to Sandown once before for an abortive mission.
In March, six special forces soldiers and two MI6 officers were detained by rebel fighters when they landed on an abortive mission to meet insurgent leaders in Benghazi.
STILL feeling hungry after one abortive mission, Karen headed further along Bold Street to try her luck at Bar and Grill.
Attraction has not run since an abortive mission to Hong Kong in May, while Soviet Song is set to take on Peeress and Sundrop, who finished in front of her on her seasonal reappearance in the Windsor Forest Stakes.
Since then, other than possibly inspiring the Travis Bickle character in Taxi Driver and being briefly featured in Stephen Sondheim's 1991 one-act musical Assassins, Byck and his abortive mission have been largely forgotten.
The six-year-old subsequently had an abortive mission to Singapore, where he was an unplaced favourite in the International Cup, but as long as he has recovered well from that trip he must have a fine chance in the Coronation Cup.
Here, returned to sprinting after an abortive mission over 7f in the Free Handicap, he showed all the class and panache he might have been expected to in running down the best the old Empire had to offer.
Flick also feels the fall-out from that earlier abortive mission, when captured agents tell all to Franck after being taken on a guided tour of his torture chamber.
If Lady Fiennes thought her husband would slow down after his abortive mission to the North Pole, she was wrong.
His highly-acclaimed autobiography described how he led an abortive mission to destroy Scud missiles behind Iraqi lines.
After an abortive mission at London Scottish in January he vowed not to cut his hair or shave until Gloucester followed up their league win at Richmond in September last year.
Abortive missions to the Gold Cup and Welsh National interrupted his winning streak, but he returned to his happy hunting ground for another two wins before suffering his first reverse at the Lancashire track.