1. U.S. has intelligence that Russians offered Taliban bounty to kill Americans  NBC News
  2. Trump pushes back on NY Times report on Russian Afghan attacks, says 'nobody briefed' him, Pence  Fox News
  3. John Bolton: It's 'Remarkable' Trump Says He Wasn't Briefed About Russia's Reported U.S. Troop Bounties  TIME
  4. Ex-National Security officials question Trump Russian bounty denial - Business Insider  Business Insider
  5. White House denies Trump ever briefed on alleged Russia-Taliban bounty scheme  New York Post
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The U.S. has intelligence that Russian intelligence officers have offered to pay bounties to Taliban fighters who kill Americans, three people briefed on the matter said.A senior defense official downplayed the intelligence reporting, telling NBC News there was no evidence that any bounty was actually paid.

He also criticizes the president’s tweet in response to the reports.

Bolton: U.S. should consider ‘very severe measures’ over reports of Russian bounties - POLITICO

Here’s what you need to know.Here’s what you need to know.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday denounced President Donald Trump's response to news reports that Russia placed a bounty on U.S. troops.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday denounced President Donald Trump's response to news reports that Russia placed a bounty on U.S. troops.

Pelosi condemns Trump response to reported Russia bounty on US troops

The issue has generated disagreement within the Trump administration about how to confront Moscow.The issue has generated disagreement within the Trump administration about how to confront Moscow.

Russian bounties to Taliban-linked militants are believed to have resulted in the deaths of U.S. service members, according to intelligence assessments - The Washington Post

Does anyone even remember why the national media were so interested in hearing from former national security adviser John Bolton?Does anyone even remember why the national media were so interested in hearing from former national security adviser John Bolton?

John Bolton isn’t the smoking gun the media want him to be

In the face of irrefutable evidence, the Kremlin continues to deny everythingIn the face of irrefutable evidence, the Kremlin continues to deny everything

Russian collusion with the Taliban can no longer be ignored by the Government's critics

Russian bounties on coalition forces in Afghanistan are thought to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S.Russian bounties on coalition forces in Afghanistan are thought to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S.

Intelligence suggests Russian bounties led to deaths of several US troops in Afghanistan: report | TheHill

Russian bounties on coalition forces in Afghanistan are thought to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S.Russian bounties on coalition forces in Afghanistan are thought to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S.

Intelligence suggests Russian bounties led to deaths of several US troops in Afghanistan: report | TheHill

Former national security adviser John Bolton criticized on Sunday President Trump’s response to reports that Russian military operatives offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill U.S. troops – saying Trump’s decision making is “not connected to reality” and bashing the president for denying that he was aware of the bounties.Former national security adviser John Bolton criticized on Sunday President Trump’s response to reports that Russian military operatives offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill U.S. troops – saying Trump’s decision making is “not connected to reality” and bashing the president for denying that he was aware of the bounties.

Russian bounties on coalition forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. troops, the Washington Post reported Sunday...Russian bounties on coalition forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. troops, the Washington Post reported Sunday...

Russian bounties in Afghanistan resulted in U.S. deaths: report - MarketWatch

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Official site of The Week Magazine, offering commentary and analysis of the day's breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons. Due to intelligence gleaned from U.S. military interrogations of captured militants, it is believed that Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked fighters in Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of several American service members, multiple people familiar with the matter told The Washington Post. The exact number is unclear, they said. The New York Times first reported the existence of the bounties on Friday, and on Sunday, the paper said U.S. spies and commandos first warned their superiors about the suspected plot as early as January. The C.I.A. reviewed the intelligence and confirmed the bounties, the Post reports, but the Trump administration has not yet decided what to do in response. One official told the Post Zalmay Khalilzad, the special envoy for Afghanistan, thinks Russia should be directly confronted, but some officials in charge of Russia on the National Security Council are wary of taking any immediate action. Catherine Garcia

Report: Russian bounties resulted in deaths of U.S. troops

The New York Times reported Friday that American intelligence officials have concluded a Russian intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan.The New York Times reported Friday that American intelligence officials have concluded a Russian intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Demands Senate Hearing Into Report Russia Secretly Offered Bounties To Afghan Militants For Killing U.S. Troops – CBS Chicago

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump denied Sunday being briefed on intelligence that reportedly showed Russia had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing US soldiers in Afghanistan. The report by the New York Times sparked renewed questions about Trump’s reluctance to confront Russia over behavior that, if accurate, would represent a serious nationalWASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump denied Sunday being briefed on intelligence that reportedly showed Russia had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing US soldiers in

Trump denies he was briefed on Russia-Taliban bounty intelligence | Arab News

US President Donald Trump's denial of media reports that he was briefed by intelligence officials of an alleged conspiracy between Russia and the Taliban over the killing of US troops in Afghanistan is "remarkable", former National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton said on Sunday (local time).US President Donald Trump's denial of media reports that he was briefed by intelligence officials of an alleged conspiracy between Russia and the Taliban over the killing of US troops in Afghanistan is "remarkable", former National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton said on Sunday (local time).

Ex-White House Adviser Joh Bolton Says, US President Donald Trump's Denial On Russian Bounty Plan Briefing Remarkable

“Nobody briefed or told me," Trump tweeted Sunday. "Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us."“Nobody briefed or told me," Trump tweeted Sunday. "Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us."

Trump casts doubt on report Russia put bounty on U.S. soldiers - New York Daily News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on ABC's "This Week" it was "totally outrageous" that President Donald Trump did not respond to reports that Russian intelligence officers offered to pay Taliban-linked militants to target American troops, calling the lack of a U.S. response "appalling."

'Outrageous' Trump reportedly didn't respond to intel on threats on US troops: Pelosi

Former Trump national security advisor John Bolton slammed President Donald Trump over his response to the reports of Russian bounties to Taliban militants forFormer Trump national security advisor John Bolton slammed President Donald Trump over his response to the reports of Russian bounties to Taliban militants for killing U.S. forces.

John Bolton Hits Trump Tweet Denying Russia Bounty Report

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on ABC's "This Week" it was "totally outrageous" that President Donald Trump did not respond to reports that Russian intelligence officers offered to pay Taliban-linked militants to target American troops, calling the lack of a U.S. response "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on ABC's "This Week" it was "totally outrageous" that President Donald Trump did not respond to reports that Russian intelligence officers offered to pay Taliban-linked militants to target American troops, calling the lack of a U.S. response "

Pelosi says it’s 'totally outrageous' Trump reportedly didn’t respond to intelligence that Russians offered to pay Taliban-linked militants to kill US troops

US reports say a Russian intelligence unit offered rewards for killing US and allied troops.US reports say a Russian intelligence unit offered rewards for killing US and allied troops.

Afghanistan war: Russia denies paying militants to kill US troops - BBC News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unloaded Sunday on President Trump over his insistence that he had never heard of Russia offering Afghanistan bounties on U.S. soldiers, calling it "totally outrageous."House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unloaded Sunday on President Trump over his insistence that he had never heard of Russia offering Afghanistan bounties on U.S. soldiers, calling it

Nancy Pelosi: Donald Trump denial of Russia bounty report 'totally outrageous' - Washington Times

The US spy agencies did not find any intelligence about Moscow offering bounties on American troops in Afghanistan that were credible enough to inform him or his vice president, US President Donald Trump said.The US spy agencies did not find any intelligence about Moscow offering bounties on American troops in Afghanistan that were credible enough to inform him or his vice president, US President Donald Trump said.

‘Intel did not find this info credible’: Trump explains why he wasn’t briefed on ‘Russian bounties hoax’ — RT USA News

Donald Trump on Sunday denied he was made aware intelligence that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. troopsDonald Trump on Sunday denied he was made aware intelligence that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. troops

Trump denies briefing on reported bounties against US troops

President Trump in a tweet Sunday morning pushed back on criticism from prPresident Trump in a tweet Sunday morning pushed back on criticism from pr

Trump pushes back on Biden criticism: 'Russia ate his and Obama's lunch' | TheHill

President Trump in a tweet Sunday morning pushed back on criticism from prPresident Trump in a tweet Sunday morning pushed back on criticism from pr

Trump pushes back on Biden criticism: 'Russia ate his and Obama's lunch' | TheHill

Leaders of both parties pressed for answers from the White House about reports that Russia had put bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.Sen. Lindsey Graham, said on Saturday it was “imperative Congress get to the bottom of” the allegations about Russia

Lawmakers Demand Answers on Reports of Russian Bounty on U.S. Troops | Time

NYT, citing anonymous officials, had said Trump was briefed on US intelligence findings in March, but has not decided how to respondNYT, citing anonymous officials, had said Trump was briefed on US intelligence findings in March, but has not decided how to respond

Trump slams NYT report, denies being briefed on Russian bounties

U.S. lawmakers are demanding more information from the White House after a newspaper report said that Russian military intelligence offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops ...U.S. lawmakers are demanding more information from the White House after a newspaper report said that Russian military intelligence offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Members Of Congress Demand More Information On Russia's Alleged Offer Of Bounties To Taliban

US President Donald Trump called The New York Times report "possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax"US President Donald Trump called The New York Times report "possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax"

US Intelligence denies allegations on Russia’s conspiracy in Afghanistan - World - TASS

US Intelligence denies allegations on Russia’s conspiracy in Afghanistan

Trump called the New York Times report  'another hoax' and blames Obama and Biden for letting Moscow 'have a field day' Russian intelligence officers for News ArticleTrump called the New York Times report  'another hoax' and blames Obama and Biden for letting Moscow 'have a field day' Russian intelligence officers for News Article

BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump denies knowing that Russia offered the Taliban bounties to kill US troops - Euro Weekly News Spain Top News News Article

Former White House national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday that a tweet from President Trump denying he had been briefed on reported Russian bounties placed on U.S.Former White House national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday that a tweet from President Trump denying he had been briefed on reported Russian bounties placed on U.S.

Bolton on Trump denying he was briefed on bounties on US troops: 'Just another day at the office in the Trump White House' | TheHill

Former White House national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday that a tweet from President Trump denying he had been briefed on reported Russian bounties placed on U.S.Former White House national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday that a tweet from President Trump denying he had been briefed on reported Russian bounties placed on U.S.

Bolton on Trump denying he was briefed on bounties on US troops: 'Just another day at the office in the Trump White House' | TheHill

House Republican Conference Chairperson Liz Cheney (Wyo.) is calling for answers from the White House regarding an explosive report that intelligence officials concluded Russia placed bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan. House Republican Conference Chairperson Liz Cheney (Wyo.) is calling for answers from the White House regarding an explosive report that intelligence officials concluded Russia placed bounties on

Top GOP lawmaker calls for answers from White House after report on Russian bounties on US forces | TheHill

House Republican Conference Chairperson Liz Cheney (Wyo.) is calling for answers from the White House regarding an explosive report that intelligence officials concluded Russia placed bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan. House Republican Conference Chairperson Liz Cheney (Wyo.) is calling for answers from the White House regarding an explosive report that intelligence officials concluded Russia placed bounties on

Top GOP lawmaker calls for answers from White House after report on Russian bounties on US forces | TheHill

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Official site of The Week Magazine, offering commentary and analysis of the day's breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons. It remains unclear if President Trump was briefed on an U.S. intelligence report that found that the GRU, a Russian military intelligence unit, offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to kill U.S. and coalition troops, but NBC News shed a little more light on the report itself. Three people briefed on the matter confirmed the U.S. had indeed gathered the intelligence, which was first reported by The New York Times, although there's no telling how persuasive it is — one source said the assessment was based in part on interviews with Afghan detainees, which wouldn't alone prove the findings, and a senior defense official told NBC News there was no evidence bounties were actually ever paid. But agencies seemingly believed it had some merit since it was reportedly shared with both congressional leaders and the British government. Similarly, CNN is reporting that the intelligence inspired efforts to protect U.S. forces in Afghanistan. With all that in mind, it seems strange that Trump was never made aware of the situation, but the White House and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe both denied the Times' report that he was briefed on the matter in March. Tim O'Donnell New: @barbarastarrcnn reports there were some efforts at protecting US forces in Afghanistan because of the intelligence re Russian bounties. If the threat was serious enough to increase force protection, why wouldn’t the president be briefed? — Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) June 28, 2020

U.S. reportedly shared Russia intel with congressional leaders, U.K. government but White House denies presidential briefing

It remains unclear if President Trump was briefed on an U.S. intelligence report that found that the GRU, a Russian military intelligence unit, offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to kill U.S. and coalition troops, but NBC News shed a little more light on the report itself. Three people briefed on the matter confirmed the U.S. had indeed gathered the intelligence, which was first reported by The New York Times, although there's no telling how persuasive it is — one source said the assessment was based in part on interviews with Afghan detainees, which wouldn't alone prove the findings, and a senior defense official told NBC News there was no evidence bounties were actually ever paid. But agencies seemingly believed it had some merit since it was reportedly shared with both congressional leaders and the British government. Similarly, CNN is reporting that the intelligence inspired efforts to protect U.S. forces in Afghanistan. With all that in mind, it seems strange that Trump was never made aware of the situation, but the White House and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe both denied the Times' report that he was briefed on the matter in March. Tim O'Donnell

U.S. reportedly shared Russia intel with congressional leaders, U.K. government but White House denies presidential briefing

President Donald Trump responded to a New York Times report claiming that U.S. intelligence officials learned that Russia ...President Donald Trump responded to a New York Times report claiming that U.S. intelligence officials learned that Russia ...

Trump Rejects NY Times Report of Russian Bounties on US Troops in Afghanistan

Official site of The Week Magazine, offering commentary and analysis of the day's breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons. After finding a large amount of American cash during a raid on a Taliban outpost, U.S. intelligence officers and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan told their superiors as early as January that they suspected Russia was paying bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition troops, officials briefed on the matter told The New York Times. The money got "everybody's attention," one official told the Times, and was a key piece of evidence in determining the Russian plot. After interrogating captured militants and criminals, the intelligence community became confident that Russia offered and paid bounties in 2019, the Times reports. Top intelligence officials in Afghanistan knew about the information, which was included in reports, and the assessment went up the chain of command until it arrived at the White House, officials said. The Times first reported about the plot on Friday, saying the Trump administration has been discussing it since at least March, when the assessment was included in the President's Daily Brief. In response, Trump was presented with several options, including issuing a complaint to Moscow or imposing sanctions, but the White House has yet to authorize anything, the Times says. Military and intelligence officials are reviewing casualties to see if any U.S. or coalition troops killed in combat were victims of the plot. Trump tweeted on Sunday morning that "nobody briefed me or told me ... about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an 'anonymous source' by the Fake News @nytimes." Catherine Garcia

Report: U.S. spies, commandos warned about suspected Russian bounty plot as early as January

The Taliban was paid bounties to kill British and American soldiers by the Russian intelligence unit that carried out the Salisbury poison attack, intelligence reports claim.The Taliban was paid bounties to kill British and American soldiers by the Russian intelligence unit that carried out the Salisbury poison attack, intelligence reports claim.

Russian spies linked to Salisbury poison plot 'paid Taliban bounties to kill UK and US troops'  | Daily Mail Online