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Sunday, June 28, 2020

United States intelligence officers and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted their superiors as early as January to a suspected Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan, according to officials briefed on the matter.

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The crucial information that led the spies and commandos to focus on the bounties included the recovery of a large amount of American cash from a raid on a Taliban outpost that prompted suspicions. Interrogations of captured militants and criminals played a central role in making the intelligence community confident in its assessment that the Russians had offered and paid bounties in 2019, another official has said.

Armed with this information, military and intelligence officials have been reviewing American and other coalition combat casualties since early last year to determine whether any were victims of the plot. Four Americans were killed in combat in early 2020, but the Taliban have not attacked American positions since a February agreement to end the long-running war in Afghanistan.

The emerging details added to the picture of the classified intelligence assessment, which The New York Times reported on Friday was briefed to President Trump and discussed by the White House's National Security Council at an interagency meeting in late March. The Trump administration had yet to act against the Russians, the officials said.

So Trump is caught lying yet again - this time about knowledge of Russia placing bounties upon American troops in 2019.
Though the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, claimed on Saturday that Mr. Trump had not been briefed about the intelligence report, one American official had told The Times that the report was briefed to the highest levels of the White House. Another said it was included in the President's Daily Brief, a compendium of foreign policy and national security intelligence compiled for Mr. Trump to read.

Ms. McEnany did not challenge The Times's reporting on the existence of the intelligence assessment, the National Security Council meeting and the White House's inaction. Multiple other news organizations also subsequently reported on the assessment. The officials briefed on the matter said the assessment had been treated as a closely held secret but that the administration expanded briefings about it over the last week " including sharing information about it with the British government, whose forces were among those said to have been targeted.

What a complete ****show - and the safety of US troops seems to be the least of Trump's concerns.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-28 05:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

All according to unnamed sources. How many where sure of WMD in Iraq? Look, this is the NYT and it always follows orders like this. Don't be fooled again. Remember, there is no actual evidence of this, the briefing or anything.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-06-28 06:41 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

The sources now lie in an unmarked grave, slaughtered by HeliumRat without even knowing their names.

What's Putin paying you, we're all wondering.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-28 07:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3 What? Sorry I was dozing to my favorite song and daydreaming: www.youtube.com

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-06-28 07:34 PM | Reply

Its not like they are giving them stinger missiles to use against us.

#5 | Posted by fresno500 at 2020-06-28 08:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

All according to unnamed sources. How many where sure of WMD in Iraq? Look, this is the NYT, and it always follows orders like this. Don't be fooled again. Remember, there is no actual evidence of this, the briefing or anything.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-06-28 06:41 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It's not just the NYT; other news agencies have confirmed the reporting with their sources. The WMD in Iraq was a creation of the Bush Admin desperate for a war to cover their cluster eff of ignoring AQ intel before 9/11 and the apparent long haul without any possibility of success that Afghanistan was going to be. People in the intel community at that time generally admit that there was no intel of WMD in Iraq; it was all cooked up by Cheney pushing the FBI to "find" connections between AQ and Saddam even though Saddam famously hated AQ. Cheney is well known to have and massaged the intel to support a war. Also, Powell's aid Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson admitted that the presentation at the UN was a Cheney fabrication.

#6 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-06-28 08:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Cheney then went on the Sunday talk shows and said "this isn't just me saying it, it's in the New York Times!"

Which is a pure evil genius move, since Cheney knew full well he was the anonymous source in the New York Times article.

I don't think Trump sends people to the Sunday morning talk shows any more.

How fast, and how far, we have fallen.
So much winning!
#MAGA

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-28 09:07 PM | Reply

"I don't care. I'm voting for Trump anyway because of (courts/xxxx/xxxx/etc/etc)" - Trump apologists

#8 | Posted by americanunity at 2020-06-29 04:24 AM | Reply

Hey Heliumrat, this is for you.

Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops - as senior Tory MP seeks answers

British security officials have confirmed to Sky News that the reports about the plot are true.

A senior Conservative MP, ...Tobias Ellwood, chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee ... told Sky News: "I think it's completely unacceptable that a fellow permanent member of the UN Security Council is now seen to be training and supplying arms to the very militia that has prevented peaceful conclusions to this decade-old conflict (in Afghanistan).

Let's get that intelligence and security committee up and running, let's publish the overdue Russia report, let's make it very, very clear that it is simply unacceptable for a member of the UN security council to place bounties on US and UK heads."

Anything else you'd like to say about this story's accuracy?

#9 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-29 06:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Tell me again how Orange Idi Amin loves and respects our soldiers.

I love fiction.

Putin pays the Taliban to kill American soldiers.

President Dunsel throws a hissy fit demanding Russia be allowed back in the G8.

Merkel knows whats going on, says she is not attending any meeting of the G7 that Fat Nixon is hosting.

Dotard then decides to shift troops out of Germany, giving Putin another gift and using our military to extort Merkel. Just like Ukraine.

Nobody has been weaker towards Russia than this ass clown.

#10 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-06-29 07:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If Trump won't move to protect our soldiers in Afghanistan from Russian bounties, do we really think he will move to protect our elections from Russian interference?

Let's remember that Trump can only do what he does because Republicans have given him their unconditional stamp of approval.

More IC leaks regarding Trump's incompetence and maleficence, please.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-06-29 08:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What does Putin have on Trump personally, financially and politically that the current occupant of the White House refuses to hold him accountable?

Enough already. American lives are at stake.

twitter.com

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-06-29 09:10 AM | Reply

God willing come November:

"If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed . . . and we will deserve it." Senator Lindsay Graham

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-06-29 09:21 AM | Reply

@#12 ... What does Putin have on Trump ...

In addition to that question, I'd also ask the question, what does Pres Putin have on some Republicans?

For example, how much was the NRA used by Pres Putin to infiltrate the GOP?

NRA Was 'Foreign Asset' To Russia Ahead of 2016, New Senate Report Reveals (Sept 2019)
www.npr.org

#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-29 09:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Remember, there is no actual evidence of this, the briefing or anything.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat

Better tell Trumpy.

Trump denied that he was told about it. Not that it did not happen.

#15 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-06-29 11:06 AM | Reply

Trumpy lies again.

He either knew and did nothing. Or did not know because his minions were afraid to tell him. Both are bad options.

So now Trumpy that Trumpy has denied knowing he will have to find out who supposedly didn't tell him and fire them.

To keep his lie alive.

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-06-29 11:20 AM | Reply

Its not like they are giving them stinger missiles to use against us.

#5 | POSTED BY FRESNO500

Different times. Thank you for making the point that many in the world would like the two nations to return to a cold war.

#17 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-06-29 11:27 AM | Reply

Only my opinion, but I feel like this story is an order of magnitude larger than what the president was originally impeached over

#19 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-06-29 01:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#18 | POSTED BY MSGT

Yes, this is nothing like BENGHAZI!!! and PIZZAGATE!!!

#20 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-06-29 01:15 PM | Reply

The left, so gullible, have been falling for their media's false new since 2016 and continue to do so. Stir it [the lefties] up fake news, stir it up : )

#18 | POSTED BY MSGT

You know how we know it's true?

Pootin and his spokesman, Trumpy both deny it.

Like how we realized we were in trouble with the Covid 19 virus.

Trumpy denied it was real. So we knew it was.

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-06-29 03:37 PM | Reply

Yesterday, Trump told a Wisconsin crowd that Russians are more reasonable than Democrats.
Today, we learn that Russia is paying Islamic radicals bounties to kill US troops. Trump has known about this but refuses to do anything.
It is all beyond the pale.

twitter.com

#22 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-06-29 04:25 PM | Reply

www.businessinsider.com

"US intelligence "did not find this info credible." and Trump was never briefed is what that says.

#23 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-06-29 04:32 PM | Reply

www.businessinsider.com

"US intelligence "did not find this info credible." and Trump was never briefed is what that says.

#23 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-06-29 04:32 PM | Reply

That's some pretty selective quoting you did there. The full context of your quote is: "Trump said over the weekend he was not [briefed], saying US intelligence 'did not find this info credible.'" or maybe "And on Sunday, Trump tweeted that US intelligence 'did not find this info credible' and did not report it to him or Pence". The rest of the article discusses all the other people and intelligence agencies that support the notion that Russia had offered bounties for killing U.S. and U.K. soldiers.

Either way, your attribution of who said U.S. Intelligence didn't find it credible and that Trump wasn't briefed was false. Back in my college days, we were taught using a partial quote to change the meaning or attribution was dishonest and would have resulted in academic discipline.

Maybe you just didn't actually read the article?

#24 | Posted by StatsPlease at 2020-06-29 06:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#24 | Posted by StatsPlease

Unfortunately, anything HeliumRat posts is suspect. He doesn't bother to vet his sources, or just makes it up as he goes along. He's kind of a nut, and not entertaining.

#25 | Posted by billy_boy at 2020-06-29 08:54 PM | Reply

"anything HeliumRat posts is suspect."

Suspect or not, it's important to know that it's an entertainment product. Like Gilbert Gottfried's comedy persona.

#26 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-29 09:08 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

This is old news:

White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019

Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported

Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence.

The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump's written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. Then-national security adviser John Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.

abcnews.go.com


They've known since March 2019.

#27 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-06-30 12:55 AM | Reply

They've known since March 2019.
#27 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

I don't even know how to respond.

What does this mean? I'm lost for words.

#28 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-06-30 12:59 AM | Reply

Your ABC News link was reporting on an Associated Press report.

This is NOT fake news.

#29 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-06-30 01:00 AM | Reply

Hate to tell y'all this but there has always been a bounty on American Soldiers in every conflict we have been in in the last 70 years. In Iraq the bounty was 20K for a female soldier captured alive, 10K for a live male, 5k for a body part from a dead American. In Vietnam, the reward was 10K for an officer. The Russians put up the money in Vietnam, The Iranians put up the money in Iraq.

#30 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-06-30 08:21 AM | Reply

for an officer. The Russians put up the money in Vietnam, The Iranians put up the money in Iraq.

#30 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Why hate to tell us what we already knew? I actually remember those reports. Terrorists have also placed bounties on us.

Yes, it was well known and understood precautions taken and there was push back and sanctions were applied.

Did we treat them with chocolate cake at the White House and invite them to the G7?

Did the President then ignore those intell reports.

Did he believe the Russians over our own intell?

Did he blame the Democrats?

No. I don't think so.

#31 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-06-30 12:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

www.businessinsider.com
"US intelligence "did not find this info credible." and Trump was never briefed is what that says.

#23 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT

Look at the lying trash.

TRUMP said US Intelligence didn't find it credible.

US INTELLIGENCE said it was credible.

#32 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-06-30 12:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#12 and #14 - What does Putin have on Republicans including the Trump family? The answer can be found in the number of visits made to Russian orphanages. Putin has it all well documented.

#33 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2020-06-30 01:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It's credible, it's to screw the peace talks and keep us in the Forever War. Russia doesn't gain anything if we leave, only if we stay, bleed, and keep borrowing to do it. There's a minimum violence threshold to constitute a peace. Russia's strategy seems to be pay off just enough malleable Taliban assets to keep the violence over the minimum.

#34 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-06-30 02:24 PM | Reply

There's a path of least resistance that effectively counters that strategy. War hawks would never buy into it though. It means packing up and leaving Afghanistan to its fate.

#35 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-06-30 02:25 PM | Reply

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