Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops
The recovery of large amounts of American cash at a Taliban outpost in Afghanistan tipped off U.S. officials.
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Sep 09, 2020, Wed
Whistle-Blower Says Trump Aides Suppressed Russia Intelligence - Bloomberg
Trump administration appointees suppressed intelligence on Russian election interference and the threat from white supremacists, according to a whistle-blower complaint filed by the Department of Homeland Security’s former intelligence chief.
Aug 11, 2020, Tue
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Trump’s Dismissal Of Russian Bounties Adds To His Record Of Treachery.
Once again, he defends our enemies and blames America.
Exclusive: Trump Never Raised Russia's Taliban Bounties With Putin - Axios
"I have never discussed it with him."
Jul 14, 2020, Tue
Three Marines, Now Focus of Russian Bounties Investigation, Show the Costs of an Endless War - The New York Times
The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is now described as training, advising and assisting Afghan troops. But American forces are still patrolling areas that are as deadly as they were in 2001.
Jul 09, 2020, Thu
Pentagon chief confirms he was briefed on intelligence about Russian payments to the Taliban - CNNPolitics
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed Thursday that he had been briefed on information regarding Russian payments to the Taliban, seemingly acknowledging that Russia's support for the militant group in Afghanistan is not a "hoax," as President Donald Trump has claimed. However, Esper also made clear that he has not seen intelligence that corroborates claims that American troops were killed as a result of the "bounty" payments, walking a delicate line between acknowledging a well-known threat and potentially clashing with the President.
Jul 01, 2020, Wed
Russia did pay extremists to attack US soldiers, Taliban sources say - Business Insider
Two current Taliban officials and a former one told Insider that they know Russia funds some operations. They said Pakistan and Iran do the same.
White House does not plan any immediate response over intelligence reports on Russian bounties targeting U.S. troops - The Washington Post
President Trump does not believe the reports are true or “actionable,” so he sees no reason to retaliate against Moscow.
Jun 30, 2020, Tue
Intelligence reports on Russian bounty operation first reached White House in early 2019 - The Washington Post
House Democrats say Trump should have been briefed on potentially important information even if it wasn’t fully verified.
Russian Bounty Suspicions Were Supported by Financial Data - The New York Times
Analysts have used other evidence to conclude that the transfers were most likely part of an effort to offer payments to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and coalition troops in Afghanistan.
The Russian bounty story crystallizes questions about Trump’s presidency - The Washington Post
Was Trump's apparent lack of pushback on Russia actually due to uncertainty about the intelligence? Or is that just a convenient cover placed onto an issue complicated in numerous ways by Trump's approach to the presidency?
Jun 29, 2020, Mon
Trump Got Written Briefing in February on Possible Russian Bounties, Officials Say - The New York Times
The investigation into Russia’s suspected operation is said to focus in part on the killings of three Marines in a truck bombing last year, officials said.
AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019
Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year...
White House briefs top Republicans – but not Democrats – on Russia bounty row | The Independent
Top White House officials briefed senior Republicans on Monday on the ongoing controversy surrounding an alleged Russian bounty scheme for Afghan militants to kill US soldiers.
Trump denies briefing about reported bounties on US troops
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump wasn't briefed on U.S. intelligence assessments earlier this year that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked...
Jun 28, 2020, Sun
Russian bounties to Taliban-linked militants are believed to have resulted in the deaths of U.S. service members, according to intelligence assessments - The Washington Post
The issue has generated disagreement within the Trump administration about how to confront Moscow.