Washington says Russia allegedly paid Taliban in Afghanistan to conduct attacks on the U.S. troops
On Friday, Washington accused Moscow of paying members of Taliban to conduct lethal attacks on U.S. military members in Afghanistan.
The accusation comes from the alleged classified American intelligence assessment delivered to the White House earlier this spring. This week the Fox news obtained the information from the people familiar with the report.
The contents of the intelligence assessment were reported earlier Friday by the New York Times.
According to the report, the Russian intelligence agency (the GRU) is forcing Taliban to attack the U.S. troops in the region amid the withdrawal of a significant portion of the American military forces from the country and while the President Trump is attempting to conduct the peace talk with Taliban and the U.S.-backed Afghanistan government.
However, neither the report nor FOX News doesn’t represent any evidence of Russia involving in paying the Taliban to attack the U.S. soldiers as well as there is no confirmed information whether those attacks brought to the fatal casualties.
“These kinds of deals with the Russian intelligence agency are baseless — our target killings and assassinations were ongoing in years before, and we did it on our own resources,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said. “That changed after our deal with the Americans, and their lives are secure and we don’t attack them.”
The White House, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon declined to comment. Russia’s Embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.