New York Times: Russia granted rewards to Afghan militants for killing US soldiers

On Friday, the New York Times said that US intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian military had rewarded militants linked to the Taliban in Afghanistan for killing US and other coalition forces there.

The newspaper quoted officials familiar with the matter as saying that the United States had confirmed months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit linked to assassination attempts in Europe had offered rewards for successful attacks last year, according to Reuters.

The newspaper said it is believed that "Islamic militants or armed criminal elements closely related to them" have collected some of the money for these rewards.

The newspaper said that US President Donald Trump was briefed on the intelligence report, adding that the White House has not yet authorized any steps against Russia over these rewards.



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