WaPo: Russian Bounties Are Believed To Have Resulted In The Deaths Of US Troops
The Washington Post is reporting that Russian-bounties given to Taliban-linked militants are believed to have resulted in the deaths of U.S. troops, according to intelligence assessments. The New York Times has reported that President Trump was made aware of these bounties in March 2020, yet there was never an official response by the United States.
The White House denies that President Trump, or Vice President Pence were warned of the bounties.
Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members, according to intelligence gleaned from U.S. military interrogations of captured militants in recent months.
Several people familiar with the matter said it was unclear exactly how many Americans or coalition troops from other countries may have been killed or targeted under the program. U.S. forces in Afghanistan suffered a total of 10 deaths from hostile gunfire or improvised bombs in 2018, and 16 in 2019. Two have been killed this year. In each of those years, several service members were also killed by what are known as “green on blue” hostile incidents by Afghan security forces sometimes believed to have been infiltrated by the Taliban.