House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unloaded Sunday on President Trump over his insistence that he had never heard of Russian Federation offering Afghanistan bounties on US soldiers, calling it "totally outrageous".
Biden criticized Trump for "his embarrassing campaign of deference and debasing himself" before Russian leader Vladimir Putin. "Putting party before country doesn't just empower Trump to continue serving his own interests, it can cost American lives too".
A Russian military intelligence unit linked to assassination attempts in Europe offered rewards for successful attacks past year on American and coalition troops, the Times reported.
The New York Times and Washington Post cited United States officials as saying a Russian military intelligence unit linked to assassination attempts in Europe had offered the alleged bounties a year ago.
The Kremlin had not been made aware of the accusations, said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary for President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation.
The newspaper described that officers considered of possible responses, which includes starting with a diplomatic grievance to Moscow, a need to cease, and sanctions - but the White Household has nonetheless to authorize any motion.
The New York Times reported that 20 U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan previous year but "it was not clear which killings were under suspicion".
According to the Times, the Trump administration held expanded briefings about the intelligence assessment this 7 days and shared data about it with the British authorities, whose forces have been also thought to have been specific.
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Officials have said the full withdrawal remains "conditions-based", suggesting they will seek to keep a sizable force there if the Taliban does not make a political deal with the Afghanistan government.
The Times quoted a Taliban spokesman denying that its militants have such a deal with the Russian intelligence agency.
According to Mujahid, all weapons and tools used by the movement were already present in the country or captured from the opposition.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), the best Republican on the Residence International Affairs Committee, stated in a assertion posted to Twitter that he experienced asked for added info from the administration, and that this kind of an operation would deepen his issues about Moscow's steps outside of Russian borders.
Russian Federation has a tortured history in Afghanistan, where the former Soviet Union in its final years was bogged down in a devastating fight against Islamist guerrillas, then backed by Washington.
According to the newspaper, the Taliban operation was led by a unit known as the G.R.U., which has been blamed in numerous worldwide incidents including a 2018 chemical weapons attack in Britain that almost killed Russian-born double agent Sergei Skripal. The Russian navy company was also accused by the West of assassination attempts and poison assaults in Europe inside of latest years.
Hanging over the process is Trump's frequently stated desire to remove United States forces from the country, where local forces have been unable to secure an edge over the Taliban - despite two decades of foreign funding and advising.