The Russian bounties on US troops in Afghanistan scandal, explained - 2020-06-30
The past few days in American politics have been dominated by revelations that Russia may have paid Taliban militants to kill US troops in Afghanistan in 2019 — and that the Trump administration knew about the scheme and did nothing to stop it or punish Russia.
The New York Times reported Friday that US intelligence officials found evidence indicating that a unit of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency, had put out bounties on US troops in Afghanistan. It's not clear how many Americans may have been killed as part of this plot, but at least one incident in April 2019 that killed three Marines in a car bomb attack near Bagram Airfield is reportedly being investigated in connection to the alleged Russian effort.
The Times reported that President Donald Trump was briefed about the Russian operation months ago but chose to do nothing in response.