A number of people familiar with the matter told the Washington Post that it is unclear how many U.S. troops have lost their lives due to bounty.
CNN previously reported
A European intelligence official said that Russian intelligence personnel from military intelligence agency GRU recently provided money to Taliban militants in Afghanistan to reward them for killing US or British troops in Afghanistan. The official told CNN that the incentives provided by the Russians resulted in the casualties of the Union personnel in their assessment, which may be the casualties of service personnel. Officials did not specify the date of the casualties, the number of casualties or nationality, or the circumstances of these casualties.
As early as February and March, Russian officials in the US intelligence community and high-level military commanders discussed US intelligence and actual operations. Tell CNN
on Sunday. The source also said that due to intelligence, people have made some efforts to protect the US military.
New York Times First report
On Friday, the American intelligence agency concluded a few months ago that during the peace talks, the Russian military intelligence agency provided a bounty. According to the New York Times, President Donald Trump heard a briefing on the results of the intelligence investigation. The White House National Security Committee held a meeting on intelligence investigation in late March.
However, Trump has repeatedly denied accepting the briefing
Regarding intelligence, the Russians tried to bribe Taliban militants to kill the US military.
“Intel just reported to me that they believed this information was not credible, so they did not report it to me or @VP.” He claimed in a tweet on Sunday night
But John L. Ullyot, a spokesman for the National Security Council Tell the Times on Sunday night
, “The authenticity of the allegations will continue to be evaluated.”
Earlier on Sunday, the President tweeted that Taliban fighters had “not much attack” on the US military to prove that the reported intelligence may be “counterfeit”.
His tweet went further than the White House statement on Saturday. On the White House Saturday, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany did not deny the validity of the report, but instead stated that he did not brief Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on “the so-called Russian reward Golden Intelligence”.
The Russian embassy in Washington DC condemned Friday’s New York Times reports as “unfounded allegations” that have led to death threats to Russian diplomats in Washington and London. The Taliban also rejected the report.
Since the beginning of the longest war in the United States in 2001, the total number of deaths of American service personnel has exceeded 2,400. Last year was the deadliest U.S. war in Afghanistan in five years, and 23 service personnel were killed during the country’s operations in 2019.
This story has been updated based on the president’s other backgrounds and tweets.
CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh, Barbara Starr, Veronica Stracqualursi, Devan Cole and Radina Gigova contributed to this report.