The White House on Saturday banned the U.S. president To Donald Trump it would have been reported earlier in the spring that Russia might have offered death bonuses to guerrillas in Afghanistan.
Kill money was originally reported on Friday New York Times. According to the U.S. newspaper, Russia has offered secret rewards to armed groups linked to the Taliban movement in Afghanistan if guerrilla fighters succeed in killing U.S. soldiers.
The rewards have allegedly acted as an incentive for guerrillas to target the U.S. forces. Meanwhile, Trump is set to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan and finally get a solution to a long conflict.
In his story, the New York Times referred to unnamed authority sources that Trump had been told of the intelligence findings in March. However, according to sources, Trump would not have decided how to react.
Trump’s spokesman Kayleigh McEnanyn neither the president nor the vice president had been briefed on intelligence related to alleged killing bonuses.
The intelligence chief denies what Trump has been told
According to McEnany, his statement takes a stand on the inaccuracy of the New York Times story, not so much on the alleged intelligence material. The White House did not, therefore, deny the death bonuses, but that the President had been told about them.
Director of U.S. National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said late Saturday local time on Twitter for its part, confirms that Trump has not been briefed on the matter.
Ratcliffe says he made sure the president or vice president was never told of any relevant intelligence, even though the New York Times case claims this was done.
– The statement made by the White House earlier today on this issue, which denied that such a briefing had taken place, was correct. The New York Times reporting and all other subsequent news reports of such a briefing are incorrect, Ratcliffe said in a tweet.
The Taliban has denied the allegations, Russia declared false news
The Taliban extremist movement has disputed the information published by the magazine. It stressed its commitment to the peace agreement it signed with the United States in February. At that time, the parties agreed, among other things, that all foreign troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by next year.
According to the movement, the majority of U.S. troop deaths are related to homemade explosives.
The Taliban also stressed in a statement that it has no debt to any intelligence agency or foreign power. The Taliban has been believed to have received years of support from Pakistan’s intelligence service.
In a statement, the Taliban denied previous allegations by the United States that it had received weapons from Russia. According to the Taliban, it has used only those weapons and tools that have already been in Afghanistan or that it has taken over from its opponents through fighting.
Russia has also denied the killing money claims. Russian Embassy in Washington tviittasi The “unfounded and anonymous accusations” in the New York Times case are likely to have led to a threat to the lives of employees of the Russian embassies in Washington and London.
– Stop producing #values @nytimes inciting life threatening, the embassy added later tviitissään.
Russia has a problematic history in Afghanistan
Russia has a problematic history in Afghanistan. In its last years, the Soviet Union had been stuck at war in a country where it was fighting Islamist guerrillas. At that time, the guerrillas were supported by the United States
According to the New York Times, there are various theories as to why Russia would have supported the Taliban attacks. One of these is the desire to hold the United States in its burdensome war.
According to the newspaper, Russia may also want revenge on the United States because it has killed Russian mercenaries in Syria. The Russian regime will become president in Syria Bashar al-Assadia.
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