WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence has concluded that the Russian army supplied bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to kill American troops and different coalition forces, the New York Instances reported on Friday, citing officers briefed on the matter.
A Russian army intelligence unit linked to assassination makes an attempt in Europe had supplied rewards for profitable assaults final 12 months, in keeping with the newspaper. It mentioned Islamist militants, or armed felony components carefully related to them, are believed to have collected some bounty cash.
“This primitive informational dump clearly demonstrates low mental skills of the propagandists on the American intelligence service,” Russia’s international ministry mentioned in a press release cited by the RIA information company.
The White Home, the CIA and the Workplace of the Director of Nationwide Intelligence declined requests from Reuters for touch upon the newspaper report.
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the intelligence discovering, the Instances mentioned. The White Home has but to authorize any steps towards Russia in response to the bounties, it added.
Of the 20 Individuals killed in fight in 2019, the Instances mentioned, it was not clear which deaths have been underneath suspicion.
After practically 20 years of combating the Taliban, the U.S. is searching for a method to extricate itself from Afghanistan and to realize peace between the U.S.-backed authorities and the militant group, which controls swathes of the nation.
On Feb. 29, the U.S. and the Taliban struck a deal that referred to as for a phased withdrawal of American troops.
U.S. troop energy in Afghanistan is down to just about 8,600, properly forward of a schedule agreed with the Taliban, partially due to issues concerning the unfold of coronavirus, U.S. and NATO officers mentioned in late Might.
Reporting by Eric Beech; Extra reporting by Arshad Mohammed, Mark Hosenball, Jeff Mason and Vladimir Soldatkin; Modifying by Daniel Wallis and Mike Harrison
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