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Russian Bounties to Taliban, New Dossier which Embarrasses Trump

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New York – June 30: Donald Trump’s tenure has been haunted by Russia, already weakened in recent times by anti-racist protests and the growing coronavirus crisis in the United States.

The American president has a new subject of tension, revelations from the New York Times, about Russian bonuses offered to fighters “close to the Taliban” to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.

According to the New York Times, Russia paid the Taliban to target American soldiers in Afghanistan. Was Donald Trump aware or was this information voluntarily withheld from him? This is now the whole question.

In an article published on June 26, the American daily, then supported by the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal said by quoting anonymous officials that the Russian military intelligence (GRU) had discreetly distributed money to Islamist fighters “close to the Taliban” to kill western soldiers in Afghanistan.

Twenty soldiers belonging to the American troops were killed in Afghanistan in 2019, recalls the New York Times, which specifies that the circumstances of their death are not always established.

If these claims were true, it would mark a renewed tension between the United States and the Taliban, which signed a historic agreement in February 2020, in which the Taliban pledged to cease their attacks on foreign troops in return a gradual withdrawal of these from Afghanistan before the spring of 2021.

More importantly, it would throw a chill over Russian-American relations, which had improved to the point that Donald Trump recently took a position to bring Moscow into the G7.

Denials From All Sides

In unison, the actors involved in this file denied the media reports.

The Russian Embassy in the United States has summoned the New York Times to “stop fabricating false information” and asked the American authorities to “take effective measures” to ensure the safety of its employees who were threatened after the publication of the article.

The Taliban, who have faced Afghan power and foreign troops since being ousted from power in 2001 by an international coalition led by the United States, has also strongly denied.

“The holy war waged for 19 years by the Islamic Emirate owes nothing to the benefits of any intelligence service or a foreign country,” say they in a statement issued in Kabul.

They also stress that they remain committed to the agreement signed with the United States, even if they continue their operations against the Afghan forces, to which Washington then continues to help by intervening on the ground.

No American soldier has been killed since the end of March, according to the Pentagon.

After these revelations, Mike Pompeo met on Monday, June 29 with the number two of the Taliban. Secretary of State “made clear to the Taliban that they were expected to fulfill their commitments, including not to attack Americans,” US diplomacy spokesperson said in a statement. In Kabul, the Taliban announced they had renewed this engagement.

Is This Matter Bothering Trump & His Administration?

According to the NYT, Donald was made aware of the existence of these “Russian premiums” as early as last February.

The AP news agency reports that John Bolton, the controversial ex-advisor to Donald Trump and who has just released a book against him, allegedly submitted initial information on this dossier to the president in March 2019.

What Donald Trump formally denies. “Nobody briefed me, or briefed vice president Mike Pence or chief of staff Mark Meadows about so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by the Russians,” assured the American president in a tweet morning Sunday.

But this denial did not convince his Democratic opponents and the case is taking on such a scale that a group of elected Republicans and Democrats was invited Monday, June 29 to the White House to be kept informed on this matter.

Beyond the bonuses themselves, the questions relate mainly to the United States on the management by the White House of this explosive file, because, if Donald Trump has not really been informed, it is still necessary to know why his entourage ruled that the commander-in-chief should not be perfumed?

On Sunday evening, Donald Trump partially answered this question, declaring that the secret services had not considered this information sufficiently “credible” to let him know. “There is no consensus on these claims within the intelligence community,” said White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany on Monday.

But after suspicions of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the American political class, viscerally anti-Russian, quickly took hold of this new dossier, the Democrats seeing it as a new attempt by the American president to get into the right graces of Vladimir Putin.

Thus, faced with the president who insists that “no one has been harder with Russia than the Trump administration, the Democratic President of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi estimated that with Donald Trump,“ all roads lead to Putin ”, Accusing the American president of“licking the boots” of his Russian counterpart.

His colleague Adam Schiff, head of the House Intelligence Committee, expressed “concerns” to him that there may be “reluctance to inform the president about things he doesn’t want to hear”. “And this is perhaps even more true concerning Putin and Putin’s Russia”, according to him.” Many of us do not understand his affinity for this autocratic leader who wants to harm our nation.”

Beyond Trump’s possible interests in this affair, Democrats and Republicans have also called for more information on the existence or not of these “Russian bonuses”.

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Confirmed cases
Deaths
Recovered
Active cases
USA
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164,062
2,616,618
2,313,848
Brazil
2,967,064
99,702
2,068,394
798,968
India
2,086,864
42,578
1,427,669
616,617
Russia
877,135
14,725
683,592
178,818
South Africa
545,476
9,909
394,759
140,808
Mexico
462,690
50,517
308,848
103,325
Peru
455,409
20,424
310,337
124,648
Chile
368,825
9,958
342,168
16,699
Colombia
367,196
12,250
198,495
156,451
Spain
361,442
28,503
0
332,939
Iran
322,567
18,132
279,724
24,711
UK
309,005
46,511
0
262,494
Saudi Arabia
285,793
3,093
248,948
33,752
Pakistan
282,645
6,052
258,099
18,494
Bangladesh
252,502
3,333
145,584
103,585
Italy
249,756
35,190
201,642
12,924
Turkey
238,450
5,813
221,574
11,063
Argentina
235,677
4,411
103,297
127,969
Germany
216,315
9,254
196,200
10,861
France
197,921
30,324
82,836
84,761
Iraq
144,064
5,236
103,197
35,631
Philippines
122,754
2,168
66,852
53,734
Indonesia
121,226
5,593
77,557
38,076
Canada
118,984
8,970
103,433
6,581
Qatar
112,383
180
109,142
3,061
Kazakhstan
96,922
1,058
70,680
25,184
Egypt
95,147
4,971
50,553
39,623
Ecuador
91,969
5,897
71,463
14,609
Bolivia
86,423
3,465
27,373
55,585
China
84,565
4,634
79,088
843
Sweden
82,323
5,763
0
76,560
Oman
81,067
502
72,263
8,302
Israel
80,991
581
55,313
25,097
Ukraine
78,261
1,852
43,055
33,354
Dominican Republic
77,709
1,259
41,393
35,057
Panama
72,560
1,591
46,675
24,294
Belgium
72,016
9,861
17,700
44,455
Kuwait
70,727
471
62,330
7,926
Belarus
68,614
583
64,200
3,831
UAE
62,061
356
56,015
5,690
Romania
59,273
2,616
29,289
27,368
Netherlands
57,501
6,154
0
51,347
Guatemala
55,270
2,168
43,135
9,967
Singapore
54,797
27
48,312
6,458
Portugal
52,351
1,746
38,087
12,518
Poland
50,324
1,787
36,041
12,496
Honduras
45,755
1,446
6,225
38,084
Nigeria
45,687
936
32,637
12,114
Japan
43,815
1,033
30,153
12,629
Bahrain
43,307
159
40,276
2,872
Ghana
40,097
206
36,638
3,253
Armenia
39,985
777
32,008
7,200
Kyrgyzstan
39,162
1,451
30,764
6,947
Afghanistan
37,015
1,307
25,903
9,805
Switzerland
36,269
1,986
31,600
2,683
Algeria
34,155
1,282
23,667
9,206
Azerbaijan
33,376
483
29,696
3,197
Morocco
30,662
461
21,548
8,653
Uzbekistan
29,057
181
20,059
8,817
Serbia
27,608
626
14,047
12,935
Moldova
26,990
835
18,918
7,237
Ireland
26,470
1,772
23,364
1,334
Kenya
25,138
413
11,118
13,607
Venezuela
24,166
208
12,470
11,488
Nepal
22,214
70
15,814
6,330
Costa Rica
22,081
218
7,266
14,597
Austria
21,837
720
19,690
1,427
Ethiopia
21,452
380
9,415
11,657
Australia
20,272
266
11,147
8,859
El Salvador
19,544
520
9,379
9,645
Czechia
18,060
389
12,749
4,922
Cameroon
17,718
391
15,320
2,007
Côte d'Ivoire
16,524
104
12,802
3,618
S. Korea
14,519
303
13,543
673
Denmark
14,442
617
12,840
985
Palestine
13,722
94
7,210
6,418
Bosnia
13,687
394
7,373
5,920
Bulgaria
13,014
435
7,374
5,205
Madagascar
12,708
135
10,412
2,161
Sudan
11,894
773
6,243
4,878
Macedonia
11,554
519
7,607
3,428
Senegal
10,887
225
7,186
3,476
Norway
9,551
256
8,857
438
DRC
9,355
218
8,174
963
Malaysia
9,063
125
8,728
210
French Guiana
8,204
47
7,320
837
Gabon
7,923
51
5,704
2,168
Guinea
7,777
50
6,800
927
Tajikistan
7,706
62
6,484
1,160
Haiti
7,582
171
4,832
2,579
Finland
7,554
331
6,980
243
Zambia
7,486
200
6,264
1,022
Luxembourg
7,113
119
5,848
1,146
Paraguay
6,508
69
5,123
1,316
Mauritania
6,498
157
5,443
898
Albania
6,151
189
3,227
2,735
Lebanon
5,951
70
2,042
3,839
Croatia
5,466
155
4,758
553
Djibouti
5,338
59
5,083
196
Greece
5,270
210
1,374
3,686
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
4,879
107
652
4,120
Equatorial Guinea
4,821
83
2,182
2,556
Maldives
4,769
19
2,754
1,996
Central African Republic
4,641
59
1,716
2,866
Hungary
4,621
602
3,464
555
Malawi
4,575
137
2,184
2,254
Zimbabwe
4,451
102
1,345
3,004
Hong Kong
3,939
46
2,620
1,273
Nicaragua
3,902
123
2,913
866
Congo
3,637
58
1,589
1,990
Montenegro
3,549
61
2,296
1,192
Thailand
3,345
58
3,148
139
Somalia
3,227
93
1,728
1,406
Mayotte
3,068
39
2,835
194
Swaziland
3,036
56
1,476
1,504
Sri Lanka
2,839
11
2,564
264
Cuba
2,829
88
2,429
312
Namibia
2,802
16
575
2,211
Cabo Verde
2,780
29
2,042
709
Mali
2,561
125
1,956
480
Slovakia
2,523
31
1,846
646
South Sudan
2,450
47
1,175
1,228
Slovenia
2,233
125
1,927
181
Mozambique
2,213
15
827
1,371
Suriname
2,203
29
1,505
669
Lithuania
2,194
81
1,658
455
Estonia
2,133
63
1,956
114
Rwanda
2,128
5
1,297
826
Guinea-Bissau
2,032
27
944
1,061
Iceland
1,952
10
1,833
109
Benin
1,936
38
1,600
298
Sierra Leone
1,887
68
1,435
384
Yemen
1,796
512
907
377
Tunisia
1,656
51
1,251
354
New Zealand
1,569
22
1,524
23
Angola
1,538
67
544
927
Uruguay
1,325
37
1,095
193
Latvia
1,281
32
1,070
179
Uganda
1,254
6
1,113
135
Jordan
1,237
11
1,178
48
Liberia
1,230
78
705
447
Cyprus
1,222
19
856
347
Georgia
1,213
17
994
202
Burkina Faso
1,158
54
961
143
Niger
1,153
69
1,057
27
Gambia
1,090
19
146
925
Syrian Arab Republic
1,060
48
311
701
Togo
1,028
22
710
296
Malta
995
9
675
311
Jamaica
958
12
745
201
Andorra
955
52
839
64
Chad
942
76
838
28
Sao Tome and Principe
878
15
799
64
Bahamas
830
14
95
721
Botswana
804
2
63
739
Vietnam
789
10
395
384
Lesotho
742
23
175
544
Diamond Princess
712
13
651
48
San Marino
699
42
657
0
Réunion
675
5
631
39
Channel Islands
597
47
533
17
Guyana
538
22
189
327
Tanzania
509
21
183
305
Taiwan
477
7
443
27
Burundi
400
1
304
95
Comoros
396
7
353
36
Aruba
396
3
114
279
Myanmar
359
6
309
44
Mauritius
344
10
334
0
Isle of Man
336
24
312
0
Martinique
336
16
98
222
Mongolia
293
0
260
33
Faroe Islands
291
0
192
99
Guadeloupe
290
14
186
90
Eritrea
285
0
245
40
Cambodia
243
0
214
29
Trinidad and Tobago
225
8
135
82
Cayman Islands
203
1
202
0
Gibraltar
190
0
184
6
Papua New Guinea
188
3
53
132
Sint Maarten
176
16
86
74
Bermuda
157
9
144
4
Brunei
142
3
138
1
Turks and Caicos Islands
141
2
39
100
Barbados
138
7
100
31
Monaco
128
4
105
19
Seychelles
126
0
124
2
Belize
114
2
32
80
Bhutan
108
0
96
12
Antigua and Barbuda
92
3
76
13
Liechtenstein
89
1
85
3
French Polynesia
64
0
62
2
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
56
0
46
10
Saint Martin
53
3
41
9
Macao
46
0
46
0
Curaçao
31
1
30
0
Fiji
27
1
18
8
Timor-Leste
25
0
24
1
Saint Lucia
25
0
24
1
Grenada
24
0
23
1
New Caledonia
22
0
22
0
Lao People's Democratic Republic
20
0
19
1
Dominica
18
0
18
0
Saint Kitts and Nevis
17
0
16
1
Greenland
14
0
14
0
Caribbean Netherlands
13
0
7
6
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
13
0
13
0
Montserrat
13
1
10
2
Holy See (Vatican City State)
12
0
12
0
Western Sahara
10
1
8
1
St. Barth
9
0
6
3
British Virgin Islands
9
1
7
1
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
7
Saint Pierre Miquelon
4
0
1
3
Anguilla
3
0
3
0
Updated on August 8, 2020 12:08 am

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