Russian Federation offered Afghans money to kill USA troops

Russian Federation offered Afghans money to kill USA troops

Russian Federation offered Afghans money to kill USA troops

On Friday, the Times published a report that said Russian military intelligence campaign offered secret bounties to Taliban militias for killing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and that Trump has known about it since March - but has yet to take action against Russia over it, or even to confront them.

The allegations come as the United States seeks to advance a nascent peace process in Afghanistan after signing a deal with the Taliban in February that could see US troops leave the country next year.

The newspaper, citing anonymous US officials briefed on the matter, reported on June 26 that a secret unit of Russia's GRU military intelligence linked to assassination attempts in Europe and other activities offered rewards for successful attacks a year ago.

Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed to have collected some bounty money, the officials said.

The White House, the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined requests from Reuters for comment on the newspaper report.

The newspaper reported that officials thought of possible responses, including beginning with a diplomatic complaint to Moscow, a demand to cease, and sanctions - but the White House has yet to authorize any action.

In 2019, 20 USA soldiers were killed in Afghanistan but there have been no reported Taliban attacks on the U.S. positions since the two countries reached an agreement in February that paves the way for the United States to withdraw from the almost 20-year long conflict.

The officials familiar with the intelligence did not explain the White House delay in deciding how to respond to the intelligence about Russian Federation.

It said that the Russian unit may also be seeking revenge over the U.S. killing of Russian mercenaries in Syria, where Moscow backs President Bashar al-Assad. Spokespeople at the National Security Council, the Pentagon, the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency declined to comment.

As if to troll the administration, the FBI put out a series of tweet won Saturday morning reminding everyone of its investigation into deep-cover Russian operatives in the United States, and how its case against them inspired the creators of the FX series "The Americans". While we're past the "Reset" of the early Obama years and now acknowledging that we're in an adversarial relationship-whether "Great Power Competition", "gray zone conflict", "political warfare" or some combination-to brazenly pay people to kill the forces of the other is an act of war that eschews any shade of gray.

The Times, citing anonymous officials, said that Trump was briefed on the findings in March, but has not decided how to respond.

But Russia has more recently been accused by the United States of quietly providing small arms to the Taliban.

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