Russia Paid The Taliban Bounties For Killing American Troops

Russia Paid The Taliban Bounties For Killing American Troops

Russia Paid The Taliban Bounties For Killing American Troops

Russia's foreign ministry also dismissed it.

Ratcliffe said in a rare statement on Saturday from the Office of Director of National Intelligence that he confirmed neither Trump nor Pence were ever briefed on the intelligence alleged in news reports.

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.

In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., called the revelations about the bounties "as bad as it gets".

McEnany said she doesn't know who the "unnamed sources" are, but added that it doesn't serve USA interests to share reports that must be assessed for their credibility.

The New York Times (NYT) published an article on Friday, in which it cited unnamed government sources as saying that Trump was presented with an intelligence report that claimed that Moscow could have paid a bounty to Taliban in Afghanistan to kill USA soldiers.

However, aides to congressional and committee leaders said no briefing had yet been scheduled.

President Trump, however, denied any knowledge of the scheme.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Taliban strongly rejected the reported claims.

Bolton said he didn't know the quality of the intelligence on the Russian bounty plan, or the extent of it.

The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe meant to destabilize the West or take revenge on turncoats, had covertly offered rewards for successful attacks past year. The article cites "anonymous" USA intelligence officials who claim that Russian Federation has been running a bounty program for months, paying Taliban militants to target and assassinate American troops, all while the US has been engaged in peace talks with the Taliban.

The New York Times informed on awards Friday and claimed that the president was informed of the situation and was discussed by the White House National Security Council at the end of March.

Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, asked the intelligence chiefs to hold an interagency briefing for all members of the House of Representatives on the reports and "President Trump's inexplicable behaviour towards Russian Federation". News reports on the bounties, and whether Trump knew about them, have drawn fresh attention to the president's efforts to build warmer relations with the Kremlin.

The White House had issued a statement Saturday denying that Trump or Pence had been briefed on such intelligence.

According to official Pentagon figures, no member of the United States armed forces has been killed in Afghanistan since late March.

Trump responded directly to Graham Sunday, telling him on Twitter: "Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP".

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