Russia secretly offered Afghan militants bounties to kill U.S. troops, intelligence says

  • Three things. We don't know if the report is true. We don't know if any troops were killed as a result. Last but not least, Trump said he was not briefed.


    Jump to conclusions much?

  • We'll find out. That's what investigations are for.


    We already know that Tinyhands knew. It was in his daily briefing last year. Or maybe he's too busy tweeting and golfing to have his daily briefing read to him. We all know he doesn't actually read it. Incompetence is his only plausible defense at this point.

  • We'll find out. That's what investigations are for.


    We already know that Tinyhands knew. It was in his daily briefing last year. Or maybe he's too busy tweeting and golfing to have his daily briefing read to him. We all know he doesn't actually read it. Incompetence is his only plausible defense at this point.

    The NYT does not initiate investigations.

  • Here's what I wanna know. If Congress decides that the official Russian government put a hit contract on US forces what will they do about it? As Congress is fond of reminding Trump that only Congress can declare war isn't the ball in their court? In fact, shouldn't they be investigating Russia right now instead of Trump and acting on that?

  • https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/28…iban-us-troops/index.html




    Washington Post: Russian bounties to Taliban fighters believed to result in deaths of US troops, intelligence assessments show

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    By Paul LeBlanc, CNN

    Updated 11:25 PM ET, Sun June 28, 2020

    WaPo: Russian bounties to Taliban fighters believed to result in deaths of US troops



    (CNN)Russian bounties offered to Taliban militants in Afghanistan to kill US or UK troops there are believed to have resulted in the deaths of multiple US troops, the Washington Post reported Sunday, citing US intelligence gathered from military interrogations.

    Multiple people familiar with the matter told the Post it is not clear how many US troops may have been killed as a result of the bounties.
    CNN previously reported that Russian intelligence officers for the military intelligence agency GRU recently offered money to Taliban militants in Afghanistan as rewards if they killed US or UK troops there, according to a European intelligence official. The official told CNN the incentives offered by the Russians had, in their assessment, led to Coalition casualties, which would be service members' deaths or injuries. The official did not specify as to the date of the casualties, their number or nationality, or whether these were fatalities or injuries.
    There was discussion as far back as February and March in the US intelligence community and among the top military commanders about the Russian operation to assess the intelligence and what exactly was happening, a US official told CNN on Sunday. There were some efforts at protecting US forces because of the intelligence, the source also said.

    The New York Times first reported on Friday that US intelligence concluded months ago that Russian military intelligence offered the bounties, amid peace talks. President Donald Trump was briefed on the intelligence findings and the White House's National Security Council held a meeting about it in late March, according to the New York Times, citing officials briefed on the matter.
    Trump, however, has repeatedly denied receiving a briefing about intelligence that Russians had tried to bribe Taliban fighters to kill US troops.
    "Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP," he claimed in a Sunday evening tweet.
    But John L. Ullyot, a spokesman for the National Security Council, told the Times on Sunday night, "The veracity of the underlying allegations continues to be evaluated."
    Earlier Sunday, the President had tweeted that "there have not been many attacks" on US troops by Taliban fighters as evidence that the reported intelligence may be "phony."
    His tweet went a step further than a Saturday statement from the White House in which press secretary Kayleigh McEnany did not deny the validity of the report, but instead said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were not briefed "on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence."
    The Russian Embassy in Washington, DC, on Friday denounced the Times report as "baseless allegations" that have led to death threats against Russian diplomats in Washington and London. The Taliban also rejected the report.

    There have been more than 2,400 total deaths of US service members since the start of America's longest war in 2001. Last year was the deadliest in five years for the US in Afghanistan, with 23 service members killed during operations in the country in 2019.

  • This is like a black democrat mayor of a city long managed by democrats in every area blaming Trump when their mismanaged police force does something they don't like.

  • Here's what I wanna know. If Congress decides that the official Russian government put a hit contract on US forces what will they do about it? As Congress is fond of reminding Trump that only Congress can declare war isn't the ball in their court? In fact, shouldn't they be investigating Russia right now instead of Trump and acting on that?

    You sure are a devoted cultist. You don't give a shit that American troops were murdered. You just focus on defending your Orange Retard.


    Why hasn't Tinyhands acted? He could have. He has no qualms about subverting the law to build a stupid-ass wall. We all know that lots of presidents have dropped lots of bombs on lots of brown people without declaring war. If Tinyhands wanted to retaliate, he would have already. But he has no loyalty to America and he doesn't give a shit about the American troops that died. His loyalty is with Putin. Eventually we will learn why that is when we get a look at his finances.

  • So what is Congress doing about it other than trying desperately to stab Trump in the back?


    Only Congress has the authority to declare war. So again, what are they doing about this claimed act of war?


    This is not a rhetorical question.

  • Trump does not have the authority to declare war. Congress does. When they do nothing but blame Trump even you should be able to see the truth.

  • So what is Congress doing about it other than trying desperately to stab Trump in the back?


    Only Congress has the authority to declare war. So again, what are they doing about this claimed act of war?


    This is not a rhetorical question.

    We all know that lots of presidents have dropped lots of bombs on lots of brown people without declaring war. If Tinyhands wanted to retaliate, he would have already. But he has no loyalty to America and he doesn't give a shit about the American troops that died.

  • Trump does not have the authority to declare war. Congress does. When they do nothing but blame Trump even you should be able to see the truth.

    You sure are a devoted cultist. We both know that if Tinyhands wanted to retaliate he would have. There is literally nothing stopping him.