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Tango0129 Jun 2020 1:20 p.m. PST

…Militants Resulted In Deaths Of U.S. Troops


"Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members, according to intelligence gleaned from U.S. military interrogations of captured militants in recent months.

Several people familiar with the matter said it was unclear exactly how many Americans or coalition troops from other countries may have been killed or targeted under the program. U.S. forces in Afghanistan suffered a total of 10 deaths from hostile gunfire or improvised bombs in 2018, and 16 in 2019. Two have been killed this year. In each of those years, several service members were also killed by what are known as "green on blue" hostile incidents by members of Afghan security forces, which are sometimes believed to have been infiltrated by the Taliban…."

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Skarper29 Jun 2020 2:20 p.m. PST

This is all based on unnamed sources and is not really credible. Stinks of being all made up to muddy the waters at a time when negotiations are under way.

Who might have cooked up this story? Any one of several suspects spring to mind.

My first thought when I heard it [besides thinking it was fabricated] is karma can be …. so annoying.

I also don't think Taliban need any encouragement to kill US troops.

The US means to stay in Afghanistan forever – whoever gets their feet under the Resolute Desk.

lkmjbc329 Jun 2020 3:38 p.m. PST

Just insane that we are still there.

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Skarper29 Jun 2020 4:01 p.m. PST

Quite sane really. Afghanistan is full of lithium and other rare minerals.

The US will keep bases there fore a long while yet…

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2020 7:35 p.m. PST

And we believe the Washington Post why?

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2020 1:12 p.m. PST

It sounds just as true as the Donald Mueller investigation. Maybe cheaper in the end. They do have to be imaginative to find new scandals all the time.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 10:05 a.m. PST

All the faux hype over this, while totally ignoring the $150 USD BILLION given to the Iranians while they and their proxies WERE ACTUALLY and simultaneously killing our guys in Iraq and Afghanistan, with shaped-charge IEDs built in Iran.

Sickening.

Barin102 Jul 2020 4:41 a.m. PST

I think this article has a lot to do with upcoming elections.
On the other side, both Russia and US tried to be reasonable and negotiate with Taliban, and were even competing in it. I think that both of us were wrong in trying to find some common ground with them – these guys will not discuss anything until they're in full control of the country, removing all government supporters in the process. Taliban has established good ties with Turkmenia, and the country is working as a сhannel of drug traffic to Europe.

Tango0102 Jul 2020 8:50 p.m. PST

New York Times Says A Small-Time Drug Smuggler In Afghanistan Was The Person Used By Russia To Handed Out $100,000 USD Bounty Contracts To Kill U.S. Soldiers

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Barin103 Jul 2020 7:43 a.m. PST

Three Glaring Problems With The Russian Taliban ‘Bounty' Story

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USAFpilot03 Jul 2020 11:49 a.m. PST

And the Russians helped Vietnam fight against American soldiers, and other places too. And Americans helped the Muj kill Russians during their war in Afghanistan. Not surprised. That's the world.

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