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Russian bounties to Taliban fighters believed to result in deaths of US troops, intelligence assessments show

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Post reported Sunday, Russian bounties were offered to the Taliban militants in Afghanistan to kill US. UK troops there are believed to have resulted in the deaths of multiple US troops, citing the US intelligence gathered from military interrogations. Multiple people familiar with the matter told the Post it is not clear how many US troops may have been killed as a result of the bounties.

CNN previously reported that Russian intelligence officers for the military intelligence agency GRU recently offered money to Taliban militants in Afghanistan as rewards if they killed US or UK troops there, according to a European intelligence official. The official told CNN the incentives offered by the Russians had, in their assessment, led to Coalition casualties, which would be service members’ deaths or injuries. The official did not specify as to the date of the casualties, their number or nationality, or whether these were fatalities or injuries.

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