Taliban commanders have confirmed reports that Russia offered financial and material support for carrying out military operations against U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Business Insider reports.
The Talibans’ remarks contradict President Trump’s suggestion that the report is just another example of fake news.
Three separate Taliban sources speaking to Insider said they were aware of Russian bounty payments, but added that only “less-disciplined elements on the fringes of the group” would take up the offer.
“Do people still not understand that this is all a made up Fake News Media Hoax started to slander me & the Republican Party,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning. “I was never briefed because any info that they may have had did not rise to that level,” Trump said in an additional tweet.”
The New York Times first reported that intelligence officials determined months ago that Russia had secretly offered bounties for attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan last year, which included U.S. troops, and that officials provided a written briefing on the matter to Trump in late February.
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