BREAKING NEWS: Russia paid the Taliban BOUNTIES for killing American troops in Afghanistan in plot orchestrated by secret unit which poisoned a defector spy – and White House has known for MONTHS

  • U.S. intelligence concluded a Russian unit paid bounties to Taliban elements for killings of U.S. troops
  • Would amount to a major escalation for Moscow
  • Trump administration took no apparent action in response
  • Donald Trump was briefed on the activity, the New York Times reports
  • The president has repeatedly called for having good relations with Moscow

In another brazen attack on the U.S., a Russian military intelligence unit has secretly paid bounties to Taliban-linked fighters to kill U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, according to a bombshell New York Times report.

The report represents a deadly escalation in Moscow’s repeated efforts to undermine U.S. policy, and came as the administration was seeking to find ways to extract itself from the decades-long war by making peace with the Taliban.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the activity, the New York Times reported Friday, citing officials briefed on the matter – but the U.S. took no evident action.

President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. troops, with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani standing behind him, during an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, November 28, 2019. A Russian military unit paid Taliban fighters bounties to kill American forces, according to the New York Times

+7President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. troops, with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani standing behind him, during an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, November 28, 2019. A Russian military unit paid Taliban fighters bounties to kill American forces, according to the New York Times

There were times when the bounties were in fact paid, according to the paper, although it did not identify specific U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan were killed as a result of the Russian bounty payments, according to the paper. The money went to Islamist militants.

The matter was discussed at the White House national security council. Twenty Americans were killed last year in the bloody Afghan war, which began in 2001.

According to the paper, U.S. policy members developed a ‘menu’ of options, from a diplomatic slap to further increases in U.S. sanctions or other unnamed responses. But officials said the White House has taken no response to date. 

The group paying the money was described as a Russian military intelligence unit, which the paper did not identify by name.

In this photograph taken on August 28, 2017 US Marines keep watch as unseen Afghan National Army soldiers participate in an IED (improvised explosive device) training exercise at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in the Afghan province of Helmand

+7In this photograph taken on August 28, 2017 US Marines keep watch as unseen Afghan National Army soldiers participate in an IED (improvised explosive device) training exercise at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in the Afghan province of Helmand

In this photo taken on June 6, 2019, US soldiers look out over hillsides during a visit of the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Scott Miller at the Afghan National Army (ANA) checkpoint in Nerkh district of Wardak province

+7In this photo taken on June 6, 2019, US soldiers look out over hillsides during a visit of the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Scott Miller at the Afghan National Army (ANA) checkpoint in Nerkh district of Wardak province

A U.S. Army carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base, December 25, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. The Times did not identify which of 20 American forces were killed after alleged bounty payments from a Russian military intelligence unit

+7A U.S. Army carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base, December 25, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. The Times did not identify which of 20 American forces were killed after alleged bounty payments from a Russian military intelligence unit

The U.S. has already sanctioned Russia following the country's interference in the U.S. elections, which prosecutors connected to President Vladimir Putin. The Trump administration took no action to retaliate for the bounties, according to the report

+7The U.S. has already sanctioned Russia following the country’s interference in the U.S. elections, which prosecutors connected to President Vladimir Putin. The Trump administration took no action to retaliate for the bounties, according to the report

Afghan Taliban fighters and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal signed between US and Taliban in Laghman Province, Alingar district on March 2, 2020

+7Afghan Taliban fighters and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal signed between US and Taliban in Laghman Province, Alingar district on March 2, 2020

Trump received substantial criticism during the 2016 campaign for his repeated calls to improve relations with Moscow. Then after he took office, he came under fire for his closed-door meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin with only translators present, and for publicly accepting Putin’s denial of interference in the elections.

Former Trump national security advisor Mike Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts after urging the Russian ambassador not to retaliate against U.S. sanctions imposed during the Obama administration for election interference. 

Flynn then sought to reverse his guilty plea. 

The revelation follows serious allegations in a new book by former National Security Advisor John Bolton, who claims Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help his reelection by buying U.S. farm products.

Trump weathered a House Democratic impeachment effort after the release of his call to the president of Ukraine urging investigations of rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Trump said the call was ‘perfect’ and was acquitted of impeachment articles on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. TOP STORIESSHOWBIZCOVID19SPORT

The CIA, the NSA, and the Pentagon all declined comment to the paper.

In February the U.S. inked a deal with the Taliban that would bring about an end to the war, the longest in U.S. history, while slowing drawing down U.S. forces. ‘I really believe the Taliban wants to do something to show that we’re not all wasting time,’ Trump said after the U.S. and the Taliban reached the agreement in Doha. He said he would be meeting with Taliban leaders and added: ‘They will be killing terrorists. They will be killing some very bad people. They will keep that fight going.’

Russia has longstanding ties to Afghanistan, having been ousted by Mujahadeen forces who got American backing in the 1980s after Russia’s 1979 invasion.

Last fall, Trump called off secret meetings with the Taliban planned for Camp David during one phase of peace talks after a car bomb attack in Kabul. The talks eventually resumed.

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8 comments

  • I hope this is fake news from the NYT that Trump keeps talking about, if not, it will stir up a lot of shit in congress, and will not help Trump’s election hopes one bit.

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    • US Putler shill sites; infowars and the savage nation are ignoring the story. RT is spewing out denials. The WSJ has it, so does Business Insider. Fox has it, but in the context of quoting WSJ.

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      • Surprised the Dems have not latched onto it yet. Surely they must have heard the story.

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        • In 2014, an indifferent Obama delegated the US response to Russian savagery to Biden. In theory that should have helped Ukraine, but it didn’t one bit. Biden had a 30 year friendship with John McCain and referred to him as a brother. Therefore he would have been well briefed on the tiny poisoner yet did nothing. Six years later his cognitive powers are in decline and the country will be run by whatever hard left woman he chooses as VP. Either way, Ukraine gets the shit end of the stick.
          Ukraine has no support whatsoever in US media: pro-trump outlets support RuSSia and the left outlets are indifferent. The NYT on average publishes more pro-putler articles than pro-Ukraine.
          Most Americans, as most Europeans, don’t care about Ukraine. They are all far more upset about a violent black criminal dying at the hands of an evil cop than the mass murder, torture and theft inflicted upon innocents in Ukraine and Georgia.
          I well remember a press syndicated photo in 2008 of the Georgian town of Gori in ruins with a badly injured elderly woman sitting in the gutter, face blackened by smoke, outside the ruins of her home and smallholding. Her family gone and property destroyed by savages. Did it mobilise the world against fascist Russia? We know the answer. There is nothing, short of drinking babies’ blood, that putler can do to make people feel any outrage.
          Even the overwhelming evidence that the bastards deployed double tap bombing techniques on hospitals in Syria produced nothing.

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  • Would you be surprised if this was true? I wouldn’t be. The great game never ended. It just changed. Once again Afghanistan is doormat of the region feeling all the weight of Russian and American proxy war.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    “The New York Times reported U.S. President Donald Trump was briefed on the intelligence in March, but the administration has not yet decided how to respond.”
    If the orange one does not respond to this in a forceful way and the Democrats use this as ammunition for their campaign, then every patriotic American must think twice before casting his or her ballot for the Trumpet. In short, the Trumpet will have to take punitive measures against his boyfriend, the Kremlin pedophile dwarf.

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    • Assuming this to be true and I think it highly likely, Trump has to start speaking the same language about Russian aggression that the latest pro-Ukraine man he sacked did: “I think in order to focus Putin’s thinking, we need to do things that cause him pain as well”.
      John Bolton in 2013.
      A massive round of ‘sanctions from hell’ might save his presidency. Especially if he beefs up his surprisingly lacklustre response to the whole BLM/antifa Marxist revolutionary shitshow.
      I loathe Trumpkov, but at least the GOP is broadly anti-putler, apart from sewer dwellers like Rand and Ron Paul and Trump himself. The Dems it seems are more focused on completing the transition of the US from alpha economic/military power to third world Marxist shithole, than helping Ukraine.

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