American intelligence believes that the military intelligence of Russia in 2019 were offered cash rewards to the militants associated with the Taliban, for killing soldiers from the international coalition including the United States. This writes The New York Times , citing sources.
According to interlocutors of the newspaper, last year 20 Americans were killed in Afghanistan, but it is unclear how many deaths may be related to the alleged involvement of Russian intelligence.
The source said that the information at the end of March 2020 brought to the knowledge of the US President and national security Council. Officials considered several variants of the reaction: from the submission of a diplomatic note with the requirement to stop promoting the murder of the military prior to the imposition of sanctions against Russia. The final answer is not yet approved.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov told the newspaper that the Russian authorities know nothing about these charges. The representative “the Taliban” Zabihullah Mujahid denied the NYT, stating that the rebels have “such a relationship with any intelligence Agency.” Representatives of the Council U.S. national security, the Pentagon, state Department and the CIA declined to comment.
The US sent troops to Afghanistan after the attacks of 11 September 2001. The decision was supported by the United States ‘ closest allies. Officially proclaimed aim of the war was the destruction of the military structure of “al-Qaeda” and deprivation of this terrorist organization positions in Afghanistan by the removal from power in Kabul the Taliban. Now under the control of Taliban is more than half the territory of Afghanistan.
29 February 2020, the U.S. and the Taliban signed an agreement about the beginning of the peace process in Afghanistan. It provides for a gradual withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, provided the Taliban would fulfill their part of the deal: will begin negotiations with the Afghan government would abide by the truce and to prevent the use of Afghan territory for activities that threaten U.S. security and its allies.
If the Taliban would fulfill their part of the agreement, the remaining U.S. troops must leave Afghanistan for 14 months.
9 March it became known about the beginning of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.