Russian Federation offered Afghan militants bounties to kill U.S. soldiers

Russian Federation offered Afghan militants bounties to kill U.S. soldiers

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The Administration has done nothing about intelligence reports of a grave escalation from Moscow.

A Russian spy unit paid members of Afghanistan's Taliban movement to conduct lethal attacks on US troops in that country, according to a classified American intelligence assessment, people familiar with the report said.

It said that the Russian unit may also be seeking revenge over the United States killing of Russian mercenaries in Syria, where Moscow backs President Bashar al-Assad.

Furthermore, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, spoke to the New York Times and denied that the insurgents have "any such relations with any intelligence agency".

Attacks in 2019 killed 20 American troops in Afghanistan but it is unclear which killings were under suspicion. 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.

"We did it on our own resources". "That changed after our deal with the Americans, and their lives are secure and we don't attack them".

The Pentagon, the State Department, and the Central Intelligence Agency have all declined to comment on the issue.

While some of his closest advisers have counseled more hawkish policies toward Russia, Trump has adopted an accommodating stance toward Moscow.

Mr Trump is eager to use his good relations with Russian Federation and his attempts to end the war in Afghanistan in his quest for a second term.

The Russian Embassy in Washington responded strongly to the report, calling it "fake news" that threatened the lives of Russian diplomats.

While the USA and Afghan governments have previously accused Russian Federation of supporting the Taliban, the allegation would represent a major escalation in Russia's involvement during a time the Trump administration has been struggling to end the U.S. presence in the country.

Although, Russian officials denounced this as "idle gossip" and baseless.

The Taliban said home-made explosives accounted for most of the casualties among United States forces.

"Clearly they're acting to undermine our interests as well".

During the Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan in the 1980s, the United States backed Afghan and foreign militants that bogged down Russian soldiers.

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