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NBC News 29 Jun 2020

Putin's Spokesman Denies Reports Russia Offers To Pay Taliban To Kill US Troops


Officials familiar with the intelligence tell NBC News that the U.S. gathered information showing that Russian operatives offered bounties to the Taliban. In an exclusive interview with NBC News' Keir Simmons, spokesman Dmitry Peskov pushed back against the report.

Rachel Maddow reviews the details of a New York Times report that U.S. intelligence told Donald Trump in March that Russia was paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill coalition troops, including U.S. troops. Trump has yet to respond and instead has advocated for Russia's return to the G8. Aired on 6/26/2020.
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Russian intelligence officers for the military intelligence GRU recently offered money to Taliban militants in Afghanistan as rewards if they killed US or UK troops there, a European intelligence official told CNN.

The official was unclear as to the precise Russian motivation, but said the incentives had, in their assessment, led to coalition casualties. The official did not specify as to the date of the casualties, their number or nationality, or whether these were fatalities or injuries.
Several Republican members of Congress were briefed Monday about reports of a plot by Russia to pay Taliban-linked fighters to kill U.S. troops. CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge joins Elaine Quijano to discuss the latest developments.

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