The intelligence officials told the AP that Trump was briefed on the bounty matter earlier this year. Trump denied that, tweeting Sunday neither he nor Vice President Mike Pence had been briefed. VT had it first…
[ Editor’s Note: We have another case here of interpreting the rules the way you want, and then denying jurisdiction when someone else attempts to do that with you, even when they are correct.
VT would look at this first in terms of what is the international law on the action. If US forces were used to attack a Russian column that was legally in Syria during its advance to reclaim Syrian oil well territory, then who is the illegal aggressor?
The Syrian coalition column was attacked by US air assets, including a C-130 gunship using US artillery that laid down devastating fire on the advancing Syrian and Russian allied forces.
This incident preceded Trump’s infamous statement, “We’re taking the oil, I like the oil”. The incident resulted in the largest loss of life for the Russian anti-terror forces which was met with glee by many in the US. What was not in these knuckleheads’ data banks is that, under international law, the Russians had the right to retaliate, just like Iran had with the Soleimani team assassinations.
The US military had its fingerprints all over supporting and in some cases actively participating in aiding and abetting terror attacks on Syria, and so has Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar, whose ex-Prime minister admitted on the Charlie Rose show, “We made some mistakes in the groups we supported”.
Trump of course is going to grab onto any story to divert from his fast sinking reelection fortunes, and which might take a chunk of the Republican elected politicians with him. Watch to see more of this as he goes lower.
With that the chances of another major false flag attack will increase, funded by those who will know they are not only headed out the door but into years of courtroom litigation which might include criminal charges… Jim W. Dean ]
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– First published … June 29, 2020 –
Daily Beast: U.S. intelligence officials have reportedly been investigating an April 2019 attack on an American convoy that killed three U.S. Marines to determine whether it was connected to bounties secretly offered to Taliban militants by the Russian government.
Over the weekend, President Donald Trump denied being briefed on the bounties, dismissing reports on intelligence assessments that Russia offered money to Taliban fighters as “Fake News.” The claim that bounties were offered to Taliban militants was first reported by The New York Times.
"The assessment was first reported by NYT, then confirmed to AP by American intelligence officials and 2 others with knowledge of the matter …
Now the Associated Press reports that the intelligence community is specifically looking at a deadly 2019 attack in relation to the bounties. A U.S. convoy was targeted traveling back to Bagram Airfield, killing three Marines, back in April 2019. Officials are reportedly also looking at other unspecified incidents from 2019 to determine if they are also linked to Russian bounties.
We’re not just talking about Russian bounties on US military personnel.
We’re talking about Russian bounties now believed to have resulted in multiple dead American soldiers. https://t.co/jDaDFnVQfm
The Trump administration is reportedly set to brief select members of Congress on the matter later on Monday.
“The officials the AP spoke to said the intelligence community has been investigating an April 2019 attack on an American convoy that killed three U.S. Marines after a car rigged with explosives detonated near their armored vehicles as they traveled back to Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military installation in Afghanistan.
Three other U.S. service members were wounded in the attack, along with an Afghan contractor. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter. The officials the AP spoke to also said they were looking closely at insider attacks — sometimes called “green-on-blue” incidents — from 2019 to determine if they are also linked to Russian bounties.
In early 2020, members of the elite Naval Special Warfare Development Group, known to the public as SEAL Team Six, raided a Taliban outpost and recovered roughly $500,000. The recovered funds further solidified the suspicions of the American intelligence community that the Russians had offered money to Taliban militants and linked associations.
The intelligence officials told the AP that Trump was briefed on the bounty matter earlier this year; Trump denied that, tweeting Sunday neither he nor Vice President Mike Pence had been briefed. Trump tweeted Sunday night he was just told intelligence officials didn’t report the information to him because they didn’t find it credible.
The intelligence officials and others with knowledge of the matter insisted on anonymity to discuss the highly sensitive matter.” read more…
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