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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The mother of a Marine killed last year in Afghanistan wants an investigation of reports that her son and two other Marines may have been the targets of Taliban-linked fighters who collected a bounty on U.S. soldiers offered by a Russian military intelligence unit. Also upset by the news reports was Shawn Gregoire, a Chicago woman whose son, Army Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, was fatally shot July 29, 2019.

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Felicia Arculeo, whose son Cpl. Robert Hendriks died in the April 8, 2019, attack, also told CNBC "that the parties who are responsible should be held accountable, if that's even possible." Arculeo, who lives in Long Island, N.Y., said she has not been contacted by U.S. intelligence or military officials since Friday.

Arculeo said that the possible link of the attack that killed her son to Russian bounties should continue to be probed despite the White House's claim that the intelligence about the bounties is not verified.

Another mom, Shawn Gregoire, whose Army paratrooper son Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance was killed last July in a so-called insider attack by an Afghan soldier in Tarin Kowt, in southern Afghanistan, said she and other parents of killed soldiers should have been notified of the intelligence about the bounties.

No reports have identified her son's death as a possible case of a Russian-bounty-motivated killing. But Gregoire said the fact that the attack was committed by an insider, who was captured after the shooting, makes her suspicious that a bounty may have played a role.

"I really want someone to get to the bottom of this," Gregoire told CNBC.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-30 05:48 PM | Reply

Not just mothers are speaking out.

Father of Slain Marine Finds Heartbreak Anew in Possible Russian Bounty

Erik Hendriks has largely avoided news reports since his son, Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, was killed by a car bomb in Afghanistan in April 2019.

But the news that several American officials believe that a Russian military intelligence unit paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and coalition troops in Afghanistan has been impossible to ignore, especially as he has learned that the attack in which his son and two other Marines died may have been related to that effort.

"If it does come out as true, obviously the heartache would be terrible," Mr. Hendriks said.

"I am a Republican and I am a Trump supporter," he said. "But there would be no way he didn't know about it if Russians were paying off these cowards like mafia pay off hit men. I would expect the government to have 1,000 percent support behind these warriors."

Not this President and not when it involves Putin, Russia, or their interests when opposed to ours. Perhaps his draft-dodging bone spurs diagnosis should have given him a clue.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-30 10:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The President likes Marines who weren't KIA.

#3 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-06-30 11:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Moms of Military Sons KIA in Afghanistan Seek Bounty Probe

They deserve it. So does the public.

#4 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-07-01 04:45 AM | Reply

#4 So does every soldier that is serving under this corrupt traitorous ------- president.

I guarantee he will block the investigation every chance he gets because he is so innocent...again.

Has he called the bounty perfect yet?

#5 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-07-01 06:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump's presidency is hemorrhaging from the proverbial "thousand cuts" that even many in his core constituencies can no longer countenance. It's bad enough that Trump insists on remaining supine whenever confronted with anything regarding Putin, but ignoring the safety and security of volunteer American troops in a war zone certainly is a bridge too far.

Even 72 hours later Trump has not personally said a single word or given any indication of concern over the leaked information nor has he even reassured the US Armed Forces that as Commander-In-Chief he always prioritizes their safety and well-being. He just trots out Lie Candy to claim vindication that no one verbally TOLD him the details, and why should anyone be upset that he didn't bother to READ about it when the intelligence was placed right before his lazy eyes?

What a cretinous being.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-01 06:56 AM | Reply

PPPFFFTTTTTT!!! Okay ... but first... Hillary has to hand over the 30k emails

#7 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-07-01 08:25 AM | Reply

He has been a traitor even before the election. His son explained to us that the Russians supply all the money the Trump family needs. They bought him long before he cheated his way into the Presidency. They own him. They own the entire family. Expecting different results now is just foolishness.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2020-07-01 08:37 AM | Reply

It's bad enough that Trump insists on remaining supine whenever confronted with anything regarding Putin

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020

Supine? You mean on his belly, like a snake?

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2020-07-01 08:59 AM | Reply

#9 supine
/soopn/

adjective
1.
(of a person) lying face upward.
Similar:
flat on one's back

2.
failing to act or protest as a result of moral weakness or indolence.
"supine in the face of racial injustice"
If Trump was laying on his belly like a snake he would just rock back and forth.

#10 | Posted by randomcanyon at 2020-07-01 09:22 AM | Reply

Here in Okiehomie, Senator Jim Imhofe, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, stands by Trump's left-handed excuse of never having been told about the bounty program. I'm sure Imhofe and Trump hope the entire matter will blow over before the election, and further hope that no one on the Dem side brings up the issue.

For now, the GOP is trying to sweep the bodies under the rug...

#11 | Posted by catdog at 2020-07-01 09:37 AM | Reply

Hell, who are they going to interview? The Taliban? The the GRU? That is the problem, those involved are not going to testify, the only sources are the intelligence agencies and they have no first hand knowledge or proof.

#12 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-07-01 10:45 AM | Reply

There are approximately 2,000 Gold Star Mothers who's sons died fighting in Afghanistan.

The number used to be embarrassing and painful. Now I call it Tuesday. Thanks a lot. Donald Trump.

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2020-07-01 11:34 AM | Reply

If Trump was laying on his belly like a snake he would just rock back and forth.

#10 | POSTED BY RANDOMCANYON

This is not the appropriate place to post about Trump's sex life.

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-07-01 11:53 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

Hell, who are they going to interview? The Taliban? The the GRU? That is the problem, those involved are not going to testify, the only sources are the intelligence agencies and they have no first hand knowledge or proof.

#12 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Judge: Did you murder them?

Murderer: Nope.

Judge: Well, since we have no direct witnesses...

Prosecutor: Your Honor, we have video of the Defendant murdering them, text messages saying "I murdered them", the Defendant walking around with the murder weapon and wearing a shirt that says "I just murdered those fools", fingerprints all over the crime scene, the Defendant's written murder plans called "How I'm going to murder them", and the Defendant's new book called "I murdered those people."

Judge and DOCNJO: Well, since we have no direct witnesses, he obviously didn't murder them. Case Closed!

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-07-01 11:57 AM | Reply

That is the problem, those involved are not going to testify, the only sources are the intelligence agencies and they have no first hand knowledge or proof.

Too bad Doc doesn't know how to read - it would answer his insipid questions.

Suspicions of Russian Bounties Bolstered By Money Transfers

American officials intercepted electronic data showing large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia's military intelligence agency to a Taliban-linked account, evidence that supported their conclusion that Russia covertly offered bounties for killing U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, according to three officials familiar with the intelligence.

Though the United States has accused Russia of providing general support to the Taliban before, analysts concluded from other intelligence that the transfers were most likely part of a bounty program that detainees described during interrogations.

Ooooooohhhh, look Doc, witnesses and evidence! Go figure.

#16 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-01 12:54 PM | Reply

Hell, who are they going to interview? The Taliban? ...That is the problem, those involved are not going to testify, the only sources are the intelligence agencies and they have no first hand knowledge or proof.
#12 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

By the way...

They interviewed the Taliban. Captured Taliban militants were interviewed in 2019 and 2020. Numerous militants from opposite ends of the country and from separate tribes were interviewed on a variety of issues like we do with all captured militants. They offered similar accounts of the Russian Bounties.

So yeah, Genius, they LITERALLY interviewed the Taliban.

Honestly, how god damn stupid can you be?

#17 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-07-01 12:57 PM | Reply

Hell, who are they going to interview? The Taliban? The the GRU? That is the problem, those involved are not going to testify, the only sources are the intelligence agencies and they have no first hand knowledge or proof.

#12 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

How about the Afghans they arrested who had connections to the GRU and who were holding $500,000 in cash supposedly from Russia?

How how about following the money?

Find out who received the money that the Russians transferred.

I am just a dumass quarantined at home and I can figure that out.

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-07-01 01:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#18 DONNERBOY - excellent post. Getting deplorables to admit collusion is never going to happen. Not even a decade from now when perhaps a couple books are released detailing the binding of Trump to Putin, they are too stupid to admit how stupid they factually are.

DOCNJO - you know it's been investigated for over a year now, and the Trump administration have been continually updated. You and your ilk are TRAITORS AND SCUM.

#19 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-07-01 02:49 PM | Reply

Last time I'll repeat myself on this.

OK - if the bounty killings are true, and I wouldn't be surprised if they are. It sucks but you all are lacking perspective. Do a little research into what the US has been doing for the last 50 years and get back to me. We're not the good guys. There are no good guys. There's only bad and worse, a continually shifting playing field. Major powers always end up being the aerghulse. Ask the families in Iraq, Syria, etc... how they feel. I'm sorry your dumb asd kid got killed in a war zone your country created. Get over it. They weren't the good guys.

#29 | Posted by billy_boy at 2020-07-01 08:19 PM | Reply

"It sucks but you all are lacking perspective."

It does suck. But I don't think I'm lacking any perspective whatsoever.

Should my perspective encompass other Presidents who did nothing about bounties on American soldiers, from a nation we weren't already at war with?

Should it include Marine barracks and Khobar towers?

#30 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-07-01 08:29 PM | Reply

I'm sorry your dumb asd kid got killed in a war zone your country created. Get over it. They weren't the good guys.

#29 | POSTED BY BILLY_BOY

Take up the US government's lousy foreign policy with the politicians not with the poor schmucks that join the military to make a life away from poverty and violence back in their old neighborhoods you moron you. What you basically wrote in your treasonous essay is that you support the Taliban and Putin's security forces killing our young soldiers overseas, as you wrote that those US soldiers "weren't the good guys".And this shows that you support the Taliban. You know them they are those guys that stone women, toss gay folks off buildings, marry children, blow up people just because they are not like themselves. You support those guys? And Putin, the guy that kills his opposition, has declared himself president for life, poisons our elections, overruns his neighbors with tanks and aircraft and then pays off the people that would gut you and cut off your damn ears if you ever got caught somewhere in their country they thought you did not belong. That guy? You try to come off as some intellect, trying to teach the rest of us a lesson but in reality you are just are a coward for not supporting your own country's men and women doing something you would never do with your life because of that cowardice.

#31 | Posted by tknees at 2020-07-01 09:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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