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Abdel was a civilian small boat docked at Mombasa during the Covenant attack against the city on October 20, 2552. Abdel was one of the last remaining boats to depart New Mombasa's waterfront, and carried important information regarding the Covenant's plans for Earth.
During the Battle of Mombasa, war journalist Benjamin Giraud joined a small resistance force, and managed to record and translate a Sangheili message saying "We need to clear this area before we can secure access to the Ark." Giraud then attempted to escape with the information, but was unable to board a fleeing boat on Mombasa's waterfront. Instead, Giraud gave his laptop containing the recording to a child that escaped aboard Abdel.
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