Russia offers Monetary rewards to Taliban Fighters to Kill US Troops in Afghanistan according to news reports.
Officially, Russia is an avowed enemy of the United States. More than 2,300 US Soldiers have been killed in the Afghanistan war, which started 18 years ago. As if that is not enough, the Russian Government of Vladimir Putin is allegedly offering money to Taliban Fighters to go after American Soldiers in Afghanistan. Trump wants to Pull U.S Troops out of Afghanistan by Election Day in November 2020. Putin and Trump have denied the reports.
More than 2,300 US soldiers have died in Afghanistan since the war with the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden's Al-Qaida Islamic Fundamentalists. The war began about 18 years ago, and now a new report from the New York Times has alleged that the Russian Government of Putin wants to pay Taliban soldiers to go after US Soldiers in Afghanistan. Taliban forces may have ceased on this promise by going after US Soldiers wherever they are found in Kabul and other locations in Afghanistan where they operate.
Since last year, 23 American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in what appears as a new wave of attacks on American soldiers in Kabul and surrounding vicinities. What remains unknown now is whether there is any link between the Russian offers to Taliban Fundamentalists to kill US soldiers for unspecified payment amount. There are roughly 8,600 US troops remaining in Afghanistan, and President Trump says American troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan by Election Day in November 2020.
In February this year, two American soldiers were killed and six others wounded, by an attacker when an Afghan soldier in Afghan uniform opened fire on American soldiers according to the US military in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. Afghan authorities also confirmed that the attacker was killed. The dead US soldiers were later identified, as Sgt. Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, 28; and Sgt. Antonio Rey Rodriguez, 28.
Fox News reporter Andrew O’Reilly said that one top Republican lawmaker in the House, Liz Cheney, Chairwoman of House Republican Conference Committee has joined the growing list of US House of Representatives members calling on the White House to discuss what they know or information they received from the US intelligence about this matter.
President Trump has dismissed the allegations as false following Putin’s denial of the allegations. Trump also wants G7 countries to postpone their next meeting partly because he wants to invite Russia to join. A former CIA official Mick Mulroy, speaking with ABC News correspondent said "Russia is an enemy of the United States. We identify them as such in our national security strategy but treat them as if they are allies. Why else would we be pushing to include a country in the G7 that invaded another country and is now killing our soldiers?"
The New York Times also reported that the President and his National Security officials were briefed on these allegations late in March, and discussions were held on possible US response including sending an official diplomatic response to Putin with the possibility of sanctions but no action was taken since then.
Republican Senator, from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham urges President Trump to brief lawmakers about the matter, adding, "I expect the Trump Administration to take such allegations seriously and inform Congress immediately as to the reliability of these news reports.” Democratic senator from Virginia, Tim Kaine wonders how the President of the United States could have an amicable relationship with President Putin of Russia.
In a tweet on June 28, Trump continues to deny that his government was briefed on these allegations and at the same time questions the authenticity of the New York Times Report. Trump tweeted, “Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their ‘source’?”
Biden added, “He has had this information according to the Times, and yet he offered to host Putin in the United States and sought to invite Russia to rejoin the G7. His entire presidency has been a gift to Putin.”
Responding to Biden’s statement, President Trump said, "Funny to see corrupt Joe Biden reading a statement on Russia, which was obviously written by his handlers," Trump tweeted. "Russia ate his and Obama’s lunch during their time in office, so badly that Obama wanted them out of the then G-8. U.S. was weak on everything, but especially Russia!"
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