Operation Rainbird was a mission in 2027 established by Belltower Associates to send in Strike Team 6 to swiftly raid enemy forces in Australia. While the mission was "entirely safe" (ironic considering it was taking place in a war zone), it was halted when an enemy drone destroyed the plane and its personnel, with (supposedly) the exception of Ben Saxon.
Jaron Namir informs Ben Saxon that the Russian minister Mikhail Kontarsky is responsible for the sabotage of Operation Rainbird. He uses Saxon's desire for revenge to convince him to join the Tyrants and to kill Kontarsky. In Deus Ex: Icarus Effect, Ben Saxon discovers that Namir is responsible for its sabotage, being the one having sent the drone.