The Last Amazon Warrior Women Book 1 – Merchants of Death – Chapter 5 united states
OFF THE WEST AFRICAN COAST
THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
The United States battleship, USS Anderson lay at anchor fifteen metrical miles off the coast of West Africa. Technically, it was in Nigerian territorial waters and it had been there for two weeks now.
Officially, the big battleship was on a visit to the Nigerian Navy as part of the efforts of the United States in assisting the Nigerian government and its West African neighbors in the fight against terrorism and sea piracy, both of which were huge problems in the region. The real truth, however, was that the battleship’s presence off the West African coast was entirely in the interest of the United States.
The United States was at war with the international terror group, Islamic State, and Boko Haram, the Islamic terror sect ravaging the West African region, was its most powerful ally with certain capabilities that made it extremely dangerous. The Boko Haram terror sect now had the ability to wage full-scale war on four different West African countries simultaneously and did it in such a way that made it the second deadliest terrorist organization in the world, right after Islamic State itself.
The United States had changed its foreign policies with regard to the war on terror and things had taken a new turn. All angles were being covered and the allies of their enemies were no longer overlooked even if they operated on a different continent. The affected countries eagerly welcomed the assistance from the United State but none knew there was also a hidden agenda to it.
The rapidly expanding influence of Russia and China within the region, which was not only rich in strategic natural resources, including uranium and oil but also accounted for Africa’s largest economy, had become a source of concern to the United States. The Russians had already built two high-level military bases within the region while China was not far behind. The United States wanted to spy on everything and even the locals themselves and the USS Anderson was just the perfect instrument to do that.
The big battleship was a top of the line vessel packed with a wide range of very sophisticated spying equipment and ordnance systems, all state-of-the-art. It had the entire West African sub-region under an invincible electromagnetic blanket, monitoring a billion radio signals per minute – phone calls, internet activity, encrypted communication; every electromagnetic signal within each of the countries in the region was being monitored and analyzed at high speed. The ship’s powerful onboard computers separated all the irrelevant information such as harmless private communications from strategically important ones based on specific keywords and phrases, languages and codes, origin and destination of signal and classified voice matches.
At 7:14 pm local time, Thursday of that second week of its stay, the battleship’s computers locked onto the encrypted signal of a satellite phone call being made in the Arabic language. The origin of the call was more than a thousand miles inland and its destination was a red-flagged zone in one of the Arab countries of the Middle-East, Iraq. The computers decrypted the signal in half a second and started recording the call even as they ran an advanced voice recognition analysis of the two men speaking and tried to pinpoint their exact locations simultaneously.
The phone call was a short one and no name was ever mentioned. It lasted less than a minute, but barely ten seconds after it began, the computers had a hit on one of the two male voices talking and this triggered an alarm in the battleship’s Tactical Action Center, attracting the Captain’s attention immediately.
Captain Mark Copper, commander of the USS Anderson, ordered the data analysts to bring up all the information on the large display screen that dominated the dimly lit TAC room so he could see everything in one place. He saw the mean face of an Arab whose present location was given by the computers as a remote spot on the southwestern border of the Chad Republic with the Cameroons. He also saw that this man, whoever he really was, was at the top of the most wanted list of five different Western intelligence agencies, including the CIA, which had placed a big price tag on his head only recently. No clear description of the man’s crimes could be found anywhere in the CIA files and the term ‘classified’ was in too many places, which meant it was all top secret.
‘Send the information directly to Langley,” said the captain to his first lieutenant.
The Lieutenant gave the order at once and the officer in charge got busy with his computers immediately.
A few short minutes later, a blue phone started ringing in CIA Headquarters, Langley, Virginia, USA. The phone was on the desk of the Deputy Director of the CIA, the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
Continued… Chapter 6
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