The Conflict was an unofficially declared conflict or 'war' of sorts between the FBI and various rogue elements of the National Security Agency, including Nicholas Kudrow's Division in June of 1998, and Robert Donaldson's Zero Section from 1999 to 2004. The main focus of the conflict was young Simon Lynch, whose accidental discovery and deciphering of Nicholas Kudrow's orginal MERCURY code on June 5, 1998 set off Nicholas Kudrow's death warrant on the boy, for Kudrow's fear was that enemies of the United States would gain access to Lynch's unique mental abilities. This effectively triggered the beginning of The Conflict, which rapidly escalated when FBI Special Agent Art Jeffries became involved and discovered the depths of Kudrow's organization and uncovered the truth of his conspiracy to kill Simon Lynch. The next year, the USAF was drawn into the conflict when three F-16s were deployed from Scott AFB in southern Illinois to force down a Zero Section 727 of the former Eastwind Airlines. The Air National Guard (ANG) was also brought into the conflict a few month later when a series of F-23s from Lambert-St. Louis Airport in Missouri and Memphis Airport in Tennessee were assigned to track a Zero Section C-130 holding Simon Lynch hostage on June 28, 1999. ANG F-20s were scrambled and tasked with a show of force against a militia group rallied by Zero Section agents near Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks of North Carolina the next day.
Seen by some as the beginning stages of The Conflict, these events aren't typically included in its main timeline.
The Conflict (1998-2004)
Events below are seen as the beginning and full course of The Conflict, which lasted a total of six years.
The Lynch-MERCURY Incident (1998)
Main Article: Lynch-MERCURY Incident
This event, dubbed as the Lynch-MERCURY Incident, marks the initial flashpoint and beginning of The Conflict, in which then-nine year-old Simon Lynch's abilities were brought to light for the first time, and which, to the surprise of some, gave Nicholas Kudrow his greatest and final challenge.
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(Note: Events of a vast majority of June 8 are currently unknown.)
A New Threat Rises (1999)
The J Street Incident
Main Article: J Street Incident
The 1st Abduction
Main Article: The 1st Abduction
The 2nd Abduction
Main Article: The 2nd Abduction