Report: Russia Offered Bounties For Taliban Militants To Kill U.S. Soldiers And Other Allies
Citing U.S. officials briefed on the intelligence, the Times reports that Russia last year offered and paid money to Taliban militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan, noting that 20 U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in 2019, though it’s not clear which were linked to the bounties.
During a meeting in late March, the White House reportedly discussed a response, including a demand for Russia to end the practice and an imposition of new sanctions, but no action has been taken, with talks expanding recently, including informing the United Kingdom of the intelligence.
The officials cited by the Times were uncertain how high up the program goes in the Russian government, but identified it to be an operation of Russian military intelligence’s Unit 29155, which has conducted operations previously to destabilize the West and is linked to the 2018 assassination of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian intelligence officer who defected to Britain.
President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told the Times the government wasn’t aware of the accusation and that, “If someone makes them, we’ll respond.”
--- > OMG.... Pasukan amrik di afghan slama ini telah kena bullly ama pemberontak taliban yg pro moscow sjak tahun laly....tp, Papa donal yg sdh tau ini kasus tsb slama bulanan sblum nya....mlh diam aja thd bully an nya antek2 om putin itu di sono..... wtf....