CNN 28 Jun 2020

Russia offered cash rewards to Taliban fighters to kill US troops in Afghanistan


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.

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.
Rachel Maddow reads from a breaking New York Times report that reveals more details about the people and payments involved in Russia paying Taliban fighters to target American military members. Aired on 7/1/2020.
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MSNBC National Security Analyst and Russia expert Clint Watts reacts to the intelligence showing Moscow put bounties on U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Aired on 6/30/2020.

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