In late June, The New York Times claimed, citing unnamed intelligence sources, that Russia could have paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to assassinate US troops in Afghanistan. The publication added that President Donald Trump had been presented with an intelligence report on the issue.
Trump called the article another attempt at a Russia hoax to make Republicans look bad in an election year, while the allegations were denied by the White House, the Pentagon, and the NSA, as well as by the Taliban itself. The group stated that its actions are not related to foreign intelligence agencies or governments, dubbing the allegations an attempt to obstruct the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
Russian officials have denied the allegations as false and characterised them as being part of the internal political infighting in the United States.
Allegations without proof made by The New York Times in a Friday report, that Russia offered a reward to Taliban-linked militants for each US soldier killed, have caused waves in both parties, as Republicans point to a lack of evidence and credibility for the claims while Democrats weaponize the accusations against US President Donald Trump.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The New York Times never reached out to the Russian embassy for comments regarding its unsubstantiated story about allegations that Moscow offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to assassinate US soldiers in Afghanistan, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said on Tuesday.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany attacked the sources behind a recent New York Times story alleging Russian intelligence had paid Taliban fighters to kill US soldiers, saying the disclosure of classified information undermines US national security.
Last Friday’s New York Times piece citing anonymous intelligence officials on an alleged Russian plot to offer rewards to Taliban-linked militants to kill US and coalition troops in Afghanistan has been criticized and condemned from all sides, with Moscow, the White House and even the Taliban itself dismissing the newspaper’s claims.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The unsubstantiated allegations reported in the US media that Moscow offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to assassinate US soldiers in Afghanistan are a lie aimed at disrupting cooperation between Russia and the United States, Russian Ambassador in Washington Anatoly Antonov said on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States should consider imposing additional sanctions against Russian in light of the allegations that it offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to assassinate US soldiers, House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said on Tuesday.
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.
On Friday, the New York Times reported on a US intelligence report claiming Russian operatives were offering the Taliban bounties to assassinate US soldiers in Afghanistan. However, as US lawmakers demand answers and action, one expert says serious skepticism about the report’s veracity is missing, which threatens the increasingly fragile peace.
The New York Times' allegation that Russia has been offering reward money to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to kill US and coalition troops has been attacked from all sides, with Moscow, the Trump administration and the Taliban itself saying that the claims aren't true.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia sees new media reports about its alleged bounties offered to Taliban militants in Afghanistan to kill US troops there as part of the US' domestic political fight, since forces interested in US military presence in the country use fake news to justify their failure, Russia's special presidential representative said.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump says he has been told by the US intelligence that they did not find the recent reports about alleged Russian bounty intelligence credible.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump was not informed about the alleged intelligence that reportedly suggested that Russian intelligence had solicited killings of US troops by the Taliban* in Afghanistan, the White House said.