Taliban says Afghan intelligence behind Russia rewards scandal
President Trump said he was not informed about these awards
Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called on intelligence to comment on reports that Russia has offered reward to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan and to clarify if President Donald Trump was aware of this..
“I urge the directors of National Intelligence and the CIA to immediately brief all 100 senators and clarify reports that Russia has offered rewards for the assassination of the US military in Afghanistan,” Schumer said. “We need to know if President Trump was given this information, and if so, when.”.
Trump himself said on Sunday that he never received any information about it, and denounced an article in the New York Times that claimed otherwise..
“Nobody informed me, [Vice President Mike] Pence, [White House’s Mark Meadows] chief of staff, about the so-called Russian attacks on our troops in Afghanistan, as an“ anonymous source ”[New York Times] reported, which is fake news. Everyone denies this, and there were no numerous attacks on us, “Trump wrote on Twitter..
US intelligence concluded several months ago that Russian military intelligence was offering rewards to Taliban-linked fighters, according to the New York Times..
Citing anonymous US officials familiar with the situation, the newspaper claims that a secret Russian military intelligence unit, the GRU, linked to assassination attempts in Europe, offered a reward for successful attacks last year..
A Taliban spokesman said Saturday the group “strongly rejects” the claim.
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