Earlier Sunday, Trump tweeted that he had not been made aware of the information, but did little to clarify whether the administration denied that the assessment existed or simply denied that he knew anything about it. thing.
The Washington Post reported Sunday that Russian bonuses offered to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service personnel, according to information gathered during U.S. military interrogations of militants captured during of the past few months.
Several people familiar with the case said it was unclear exactly how many Americans or coalition troops from other countries may have been killed or targeted in the program.
The information was passed on by US special operations forces based in Afghanistan and led to a small, high-level meeting at the White House in late March, people said.
Invited to comment, John Ullyot, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, said that “the veracity of the underlying allegations continues to be assessed.” The CIA and the defense and state departments declined to comment.
Russia and the Taliban have denied the existence of this program.
Trump’s late night tweet came in response to that of Senator Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.), one of several lawmakers on both sides who called on the Trump administration to provide an explanation for this. had happened.
“The Imperative Congress is going to the bottom of recent media reports that Russian GRU units in Afghanistan have offered to pay the Taliban to kill American soldiers in order to drive America out of the region,” Graham tweeted.