"Any involvement with the Taliban that resulted in the deaths of American troops would also be a huge escalation of Russia's so-called hybrid war against the United States, a strategy of destabilizing adversaries through a combination of such tactics as cyberattacks, the spread of fake news and covert and deniable military operations".
"My number-one priority is the safety of our troops". Why weren't the president or vice president briefed?
"It reports that American intelligence officials have concluded that Russian military intelligence units secretly offered bounties to Taliban linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan, including targeting American troops". The Taliban also turned down the report. There were some efforts at protecting U.S. forces because of the intelligence, the source also said.
In that raid, the USA elite force recovered around $500,000 of cash with the group.
President Trump has denied allegations that the report was shared with him, calling it "possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax" in a tweet late Sunday.
Judge rejects effort to block 'tell-all' book by Trump niece
As part of a settlement, according to the filing, all parties agreed to a confidentiality provision, including Mary Trump . Mary Trump , the president's only niece, lives in NY with her daughter, according to Simon & Schuster, the publisher.
Twenty Americans killed previous year in the bloody Afghan war.
The White House denied on Saturday that the president had been briefed on the matter, but as the Times notes, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany did not push back on the substance of the intelligence assessment. The New York Times reporting, and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate'.
Two US government sources familiar with intelligence reporting and analysis confirmed to the Reuters News Agency the existence of classified US intelligence reports alleging the rewards.
Democrats said the report and Trump's denial were the latest evidence of the president's wish to ignore allegations against Russian Federation and accommodate President Vladimir Putin.
US President Donald Trump is applauded as he attends a roundtable discussion with members of the faith community, law enforcement and small business in Dallas, Texas June 11, 2020. "It is the betrayal of the most sacred duty we carry as a nation, to protect and equip our soldiers when we send them on the road to harm".
The stories appear as the U.S. tries to negotiate a peace deal to end the 19-12 months war in Afghanistan.
"At all three locations, Ambassador Khalilzad will urge support for all Afghans to meet their remaining commitments ahead of intra-Afghan negotiations, specifically reduced violence and timely prisoner releases", a statement by the State Department read.