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    Russia Allegedly Paid Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill US Troops: Story Has More Holes Than Cheese

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    Dr. Wilmer Leon is joined by Ray McGovern, who works for Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington, DC. During his 27 years as a CIA analyst, he led the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch and prepared the President’s Daily Brief for US Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.

    This story about an alleged Russian operation in Afghanistan, as it's currently being reported, makes no sense to me. First, the opening sentence of Friday's story in the New York Times states, “American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including American troops.” Who are these vague, unmentioned “officials”? Second, why would Russia have to offer bounties to the Taliban? They will kill US forces for free. Third, I don’t know that Russia has the type of relationship with the Taliban where this makes sense.

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    GUESTS:

    Ray McGovern — Works for Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington, DC. During his 27 years as a CIA analyst, he led the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch and prepared the President’s Daily Brief for US Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.

    Dr. Linwood Tauheed — National Economic Association (NEA) president and associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

    Dr. Yolandra Hancock — Board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist. She is on the faculty at the Milken School of Public Health at George Washington University and has a telemedicine practice called Ask Dr. Yola.

    Greg Palast — Award-winning investigative reporter featured in The Guardian, Nation Magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, BBC and other high profile media outlets. He covered Venezuela for The Guardian and BBC Television's "Newsnight." His BBC reports are the basis of his film "The Assassination of Hugo Chavez."

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    Afghanistan, Taliban, SARS coronavirus, COVID-19, Russia
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