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Russia secretly offered bounties on US troops to Taliban, report says
NY Post ^ | 6/26/2020 | Bob Frederick

Posted on 06/26/2020 6:53:19 PM PDT by MAGA_patriot

A Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to militants in Afghanistan for killing coalition forces — including targeting American troops, according to a report Friday.

The revelations, from American intelligence officials — reported by The New York Times — came as the US, Taliban militants and the Afghan government are struggling to cut a peace deal to end the 18-year conflict.

The US determined months ago that the Russian unit, which has also been linked to assassination attempts and covert operations in Europe that are intended to destabilize the West, had secretly offered rewards for successful attacks last year, the paper reported.

Taliban-linked Islamist militants, as well as armed criminals closely associated with them, collected some of the bounty money, the intelligence officials said.

Twenty Americans were killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2019, but it was not clear which of them could have been linked to Russia’s bounty.

Trump was briefed on the bounties, and the National Security Council discussed the problem in late March, the officials told The Times.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; communism; kag; maga; michaelcollins; propaganda; putin; putinsbuttboys; russia; sovietunion; spetsnaz; taliban; trump
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I'm old enough to remember when Russia and the Taliban were mortal enemies
1 posted on 06/26/2020 6:53:19 PM PDT by MAGA_patriot
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To: MAGA_patriot

[I’m old enough to remember when Russia and the Taliban were mortal enemies]


England and France were mortal enemies for centuries. They even fought something called the following:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundred_Years’_War

People engage in alliances of convenience all the time. Having fought each other for close to a thousand years, beginning with the Norman conquest, the UK and France weren’t bosom buddies. They weren’t exactly friends with the Ottomans either, but they allied with the Ottoman Empire to prevent Russia from taking over every single square foot of Ottoman territory. Hence the Crimean War.

Real life isn’t a Star Wars episode, where each ally is clamoring to take on more danger. In real life, allies want the easiest jobs but put out press releases claiming credit for someone else’s victory.

We allied with the Soviets against Germany. The Brits allied with the US against Germany and Japan, even though they knew that FDR wanted their empire completely dismantled. Countries make temporary arrangements because they want to do things without paying the entire cost themselves. What’s wrong with paying one enemy to fight another? The US is the primary country preventing Russian territorial expansion. For the Russians, Islam is a minor problem solvable via traditional Russian methods:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circassian_genocide
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deportation_of_the_Chechens_and_Ingush

The American challenge isn’t.


2 posted on 06/26/2020 7:01:18 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (My dad had a Delta 88. That was a car. It was like driving your living room.)
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To: MAGA_patriot

Bullshit lies.


3 posted on 06/26/2020 7:01:44 PM PDT by Trumpisourlastchance
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To: MAGA_patriot

India news says that China has been paying the Taliban for years. We keep saying Russia. But China is the real problem.


4 posted on 06/26/2020 7:03:02 PM PDT by poinq
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To: MAGA_patriot

It sure is great that Germany can look beyond this and pay so much to be tied to the Russian pipeline.


5 posted on 06/26/2020 7:05:38 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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To: poinq

[India news says that China has been paying the Taliban for years. We keep saying Russia. But China is the real problem.]


The Chinese may or may not have. But the Russians have been helping others kill GI’s pretty much since the end of WWII. Neither the Korean nor the Vietnam Wars would have been possible without heavy Russian support. 100,000 Americans were killed in those wars. The Russkies have a lot of payback coming.


6 posted on 06/26/2020 7:06:46 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (My dad had a Delta 88. That was a car. It was like driving your living room.)
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To: Trumpisourlastchance

Have a competing reference against this?

Betcha don’t.


7 posted on 06/26/2020 7:07:16 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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To: poinq

[India news says that China has been paying the Taliban for years. We keep saying Russia. But China is the real problem.]


Note also that we slaughtered 800,000 Chinese in Korea, and about 1,100 in North Vietnam (through strategic bombing), so the body counts aren’t lopsided in China’s favor. Can’t say that about the Russian body count. They lost 13,000 killed in Afghanistan vs our 100,000.


8 posted on 06/26/2020 7:09:48 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (My dad had a Delta 88. That was a car. It was like driving your living room.)
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To: MAGA_patriot

The “intelligence community” makes this claim. This is the same bunch that told us Trump and Flynn were Russian agents and that Hillary did nothing wrong.


9 posted on 06/26/2020 7:10:24 PM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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To: MAGA_patriot

Who do you trust more - the Russians or the New York Times?

Or for that matter, the FSB or the FBI?


10 posted on 06/26/2020 7:11:27 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Zhang Fei

Just saying, China is not our friend. And they have not been our friend for quite a while. Every dollar we give them comes back as a solider or gun in their army.


11 posted on 06/26/2020 7:12:17 PM PDT by poinq
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To: MAGA_patriot

i would surmise we probably did something similar in the 80s


12 posted on 06/26/2020 7:13:10 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not Averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: poinq

[Just saying, China is not our friend. And they have not been our friend for quite a while. Every dollar we give them comes back as a solider or gun in their army.]


Neither is Russia. Here’s the reality - just as organized crime detectives have to deal with more than a single gang, countries have to deal with multiple adversaries, most of whom have competing goals. Either Germany or Japan could rule the world. But until they ran out of countries to conquer, they were allies of convenience. Historically-speaking, this is neither unique nor an aberration.

What I find is that a lot of people commenting on current affairs would benefit greatly from reading just about any civilization’s history in an in-depth manner. Greek history is great. So is Roman history. If you want to go really far back, Egyptian history.


13 posted on 06/26/2020 7:18:26 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (My dad had a Delta 88. That was a car. It was like driving your living room.)
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To: Zhang Fei
They lost 13,000 killed in Afghanistan vs our 100,000.

Which side are you on? Because your number of 100,000 is way off from the total Coalition forces killed, and even more so for the Americans. Even throwing in Civilan deaths you can't get close to 100k.

14 posted on 06/26/2020 7:18:57 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Secret Agent Man
i would surmise we probably did something similar in the 80s

Charlie Wilson's War. And don't forget the limo driver.

15 posted on 06/26/2020 7:20:47 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35

[Which side are you on? Because your number of 100,000 is way off from the total Coalition forces killed, and even more so for the Americans. Even throwing in Civilan deaths you can’t get close to 100k. ]


We lost 60K dead in Vietnam and 40K dead in Korea, thanks to the Russians. The Russians lost 13K dead in Afghanistan. Before the scales were balanced, they’d need to lose about 90K more men.


16 posted on 06/26/2020 7:22:50 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (My dad had a Delta 88. That was a car. It was like driving your living room.)
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To: PAR35

[Which side are you on? Because your number of 100,000 is way off from the total Coalition forces killed, and even more so for the Americans. Even throwing in Civilan deaths you can’t get close to 100k.]


The 200 dead Russians in Syria was a nice pickup, but we’ll still way short of the Russian tally - almost 90,000 short. This isn’t even factoring the fact that the Russians, by making a deal to divide up Poland with Germany, thereby giving the Germans a free hand on the Western Front, pretty much helped kick off WWII, resulting in 400K American dead.


17 posted on 06/26/2020 7:25:36 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (My dad had a Delta 88. That was a car. It was like driving your living room.)
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To: DesertRhino
The “intelligence community” makes this claim. This is the same bunch that told us Trump and Flynn were Russian agents and that Hillary did nothing wrong.

Exactly. Think how many billions we could save by disbanding our intelligence agencies and just relying on the "gut" of our President.

Defund the intelligence community!

18 posted on 06/26/2020 7:26:05 PM PDT by semimojo
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To: Zhang Fei

The only link between American dead in World War II and Afghanistan casualties is the 13th Waffen SS Division (Handschar) and the 21st Waffen SS Mountain Division - and it’s a mighty weak link since neither ever fought on the western front.


19 posted on 06/26/2020 7:45:52 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: MAGA_patriot

Putin puts a bounty on US troops and our reaction is to invite him to the G8?

Something is rotten


20 posted on 06/26/2020 8:15:38 PM PDT by CharleysPride (Triton 2038!)
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