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Anonymous White House Officials Leak Meadows’ Scheme To Catch Leakers

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, like his predecessors, is attempting to plug the numerous leaks to the media coming from anonymous White House aides and Trump administration officials, but his efforts seem to be taking an ironic turn. According to Axios, Meadows has been going around telling several fellow White House aides about how he’s trying to trace the perpetrators by feeding certain staffers information that might later end up in the news. “Multiple officials” told Axios that ...
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Afghanistan, Taliban, Leaks, Donald Trump, Trump, Meadows, Mark Meadows, Axios, Cristina Cabrera, Anonymous White House, Axios Meadows


Trump confirms he ordered a cyberattack on a notorious Russian troll farm during the 2018 midterms

President Trump confirmed in an interview with the Washington Post that the US launched a cyberattack against infamous Russian troll farm the Internet Research Agency (IRA) during the 2018 midterms. The Post reported the attack in February 2019, but this is the first time Trump has confirmed it took place. It is unusual for countries to publicly talk about cyberwarfare tactics. The IRA was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller in 2018 for conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 presidential...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Obama, Washington Post, White House, Russia, US, Trends, Afghanistan, Hillary Clinton, Taliban, Ira, Trump, Roger Stone, Internet Research Agency, MARC THIESSEN


Taliban Stage a Major Attack, as Violence Intensifies in Northern Afghanistan

A squad of insurgents detonated a car bomb at the entrance of the Afghan intelligence headquarters in Aybak, and then stormed the offices in a sustained gun battle.
Tags: News, Afghanistan, Taliban, Terrorism, Northern Afghanistan, Afghan National Security Forces, Afghanistan War (2001-, National Directorate of Security (Afghanistan, Samangan Province (Afghanistan, Major Attack as Violence Intensifies, Aybak


In Moscow’s Afghan Bazaar, Searching for a Bagman Who Pays Bounties for Dead Americans

MOSCOW—If you ask where to find almost anyone in Moscow’s Afghan community, you’ll be told to come here, to the Hotel Sevastopol. Probably you will be told it has 16 floors, which seems important to the direction givers. Much of the hotel has been turned into a market, a sort of Afghan bazaar where men with tired eyes above their covid masks crowd into the elevators carrying plastic shopping bags full of fragrant Indian spices, semi-precious stones, and cheap leather goods.Russian neighbors of t...
Tags: Europe, Isis, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Washington, China, Islamic State, Russia, Barack Obama, Afghanistan, Britain, United States, Taliban, New York Times


How Russia Built a Channel to the Taliban, Once an Enemy

The recent assessment that Russia paid bounties to the insurgents to attack U.S. troops stunned many, but officials said the Kremlin’s outreach began almost a decade ago.
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, Afghanistan, Taliban, Al Qaeda, Kremlin, Vladimir V, United States International Relations, Espionage and Intelligence Services, United States Defense and Military Forces, Afghanistan War (2001-




'If they need me, I will rejoin': Taliban prisoners freed by Kabul stand ready to rejoin the fight

More than three years inside Afghanistan's most secure prison have done little to weaken Sher Agha Muhammad Khan's links to the Taliban. When the 33-year-old was freed last month in a prisoner swap, one of the first things he did was visit his former militant commander. “I was warmly welcomed, got some financial support and the Taliban promised us that due to my sacrifices, they would give me agricultural land,” he told the Telegraph last week by telephone. His capture, a brutal interrog...
Tags: News, Afghanistan, Taliban, Kabul, KARACHI, Bagram, Sher Agha Muhammad Khan


Russia’s Top Diplomat Dismisses Intel Suggesting It Paid Bounties To Taliban

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed the intelligence claims as a sham based on "unscrupulous speculations."
Tags: News, Russia, Taliban, Sergey Lavrov


Russia's foreign minister mocks intel on bounties to Taliban

Russia’s top diplomat on Friday dismissed U.S. intelligence information alleging that Moscow offered bounties to the Taliban for killing American soldiers as a product of election year politics in Washington. U.S. intelligence officials said information about Russia's alleged bounties on the heads of troops in Afghanistan was included in an intelligence brief for President Donald Trump in late February. The White House has denied Trump received the information at that time, arguing that the in...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Russia, Afghanistan, Taliban, Moscow, Donald Trump, Trump


Woman makes history by joining the elite Green Berets in the US

The elite Green Berets regiment has appointed a woman to join its ranks for the first time in its 68-year history. An enlisted soldier and a member of the National Guard, the woman, who has not been named, completed her training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Women have served in special operations for some years. However, this is the first time a female has graduated the gruelling year-long special forces qualification course. She is the first woman to earn this distinction since the Pentagon o...
Tags: News, US, Afghanistan, Taliban, Army, Pentagon, US Army, National Guard, Special Forces, Fort Bragg North Carolina, Green Berets, Army Special Operations Command, Fran Beaudette


Pentagon chief confirms he was briefed on intel about Russian payments to Taliban

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed Thursday that he had been briefed on information regarding Russian payments to the Taliban, seemingly acknowledging that Russia's support for the militant group in Afghanistan is not a "hoax," as President Donald Trump has claimed. However, Esper also made clear that he has not seen intelligence that corroborates claims that American troops were killed as a result of the "bounty" payments, walking a delicate line between acknowledging a well-known threat...
Tags: News, Russia, Defense, Afghanistan, Taliban, Stories, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Esper, Mark Esper


Pentagon chief confirms he was briefed on intelligence about Russian payments to the Taliban

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed Thursday that he had been briefed on information regarding Russian payments to the Taliban, seemingly acknowledging that Russia's support for the militant group in Afghanistan is not a "hoax," as President Donald Trump has claimed. However, Esper also made clear that he has not seen intelligence that corroborates claims that American troops were killed as a result of the "bounty" payments, walking a delicate line between acknowledging a well-known threat...
Tags: Russia, Defense, Cnn, Afghanistan, Taliban, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Esper, Mark Esper


Congress Presses Military Leaders on Suspected Russian Bounties

Two House hearings grappled with a C.I.A. assessment that Russia offered payments to kill American troops in Afghanistan — and White House inaction on the months-old judgment.
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Afghanistan, Taliban, House, National Security Agency, Defense Department, Central Intelligence Agency, Esper, Trump, National Counterterrorism Center, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, United States International Relations, Morell


Top US general vows response if military confirms reports of Russian bounties

Gen Mark Milley tells lawmakers Pentagon is investigating reports Russia paid for attacks on US soldiers in AfghanistanAmerica’s top general has said military intelligence agencies are working to corroborate reports of Russia paying Taliban fighters bounties for killing US soldiers and vowed a response if they were confirmed.Gen Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told the House armed services committee, that the Pentagon was committed to discovering whether Russian military ...
Tags: Russia, US, US news, Afghanistan, Taliban, US military, Pentagon, House Armed Services Committee, Mark Milley, Trump Administration, AfghanistanAmerica


Russian bounties: Pentagon vows 'action' if intel confirmed

Top Pentagon officials pledged Thursday to "take action" if the US military could corroborate intelligence suggesting Moscow paid militants linked to the Taliban to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper spoke before a congressional committee as the Trump administration comes under pressure to explain media reports claiming the president was briefed on the intelligence -- but did nothing in response. Milley ...
Tags: News, Defense, US, Afghanistan, Taliban, Moscow, Pentagon, Trump, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, Milley, Mark Esper


Duckworth demands more details on Russian bounties on US troops

Sen. Tammy Duckworth is demanding more details about Russian bounties that were offered to the Taliban to kill US troops in Afghanistan and sent a new letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday voicing her frustration with the information provided by the Pentagon to date.
Tags: Defense, US, Cnn, Afghanistan, Taliban, Pentagon, Duckworth, Sen Tammy Duckworth, Mark Esper


Pentagon Leaders Face Grilling Before Congress Thursday On Use Of Military In Unrest

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon’s top leaders are going before Congress for the first time in months to face a long list of controversies, including their differences with President Donald Trump over the handling of protests near the White House last month during unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd in police hands. The House hearing Thursday will provide the first congressional testimony by Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, since...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Russia, Defense, Ap, Afghanistan, Taliban, House, Army, Pentagon, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Esper


Top US general says Russian bounty intelligence 'wasn't proved' but 'proved enough to worry me'

The top US general overseeing operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan said Tuesday that the intelligence concerning Russian operatives offering bounties to Taliban-linked militants was "very worrisome" but that the information wasn't solid enough to hold up in a court of law.
Tags: US, Cnn, Afghanistan, Taliban, Middle East


US general skeptical that bounties led to troops' deaths

The top U.S. general for the Middle East said Tuesday that the intelligence suggesting that Russia may have paid Taliban militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan was worrisome, but he is not convinced that any bounties resulted in U.S. military deaths. Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command said in a telephone interview with a small group of reporters that the U.S. did not increase force protection measures in Afghanistan as a result of the information, although he asked ...
Tags: News, Russia, US, Afghanistan, Taliban, Middle East, U S Central Command, Frank McKenzie


July 7 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

BEGIN SLIDESHOW July 7 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases Welcome to ComingSoon.net’s July 7 Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD column! We’ve highlighted this week’s releases in detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon! New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD Trolls World Tour In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six d...
Tags: John Lewis, TV, London, Movies, California, Horror, Edgar Allan Poe, Orson Welles, Digital, US, Toronto, America, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, Anna Kendrick


Russia is killing US soldiers. Trump's response is a shameful dereliction of duty

He has probably known for months, yet he continues to praise Putin. The American president is not looking out for the American peopleDonald Trump’s response to Russia’s attempts to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan is a dereliction of duty, and yet another sad reminder that the actions of the US president cost American lives.Numerous reports detail how the Trump administration – and the president himself – were aware as early as 2019 that Russia had been offering bounties to Taliban fighters...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Nsa, White House, Germany, Russia, US, Ukraine, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, Susan Rice, Cia, Trump, Oval Office


John Bolton says Trump's Russian bounty intelligence denial 'not how system works' – video

Former US national security advisor John Bolton says Donald Trump's claim to not have been briefed over allegations Russia paid Taliban-linked militants bounties to kill coalition forces is 'not the way the system works'. Speaking on Face the Nation after the release of his tell-all book, The Room Where It Happened , Bolton said the notion that only 100% verified information would reach the president would mean they would receive 'almost nothing'. 'And this intelligence in 2020, by the administr...
Tags: Russia, US, US politics, Taliban, Bolton, Donald Trump, Trump, John Bolton, Face the Nation


Susan Rice Rips Trump For Claiming He Was Never Briefed On Russia Bounty Plot

Former national security adviser Susan Rice on Sunday slammed President Trump for claiming that he was never briefed on the intelligence suggesting Russia paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In the past week, Trump has downplayed the Russia bounty plot allegations in tweets by saying that it’s “possibly another fabricated Russia hoax” and that he was “never briefed because any info that they may have had did not rise to that level.” Last week, White Ho...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, Susan Rice, Associated Press, Bolton, Rice, Trump, Oval Office, John Bolton, Kayleigh McEnany


Bolton: Trump claim he wasn’t told of Russia bounty report is 'not how system works’

Ex-national security adviser also says any decision to withhold intelligence would ‘certainly not’ be ‘made only by the briefer’ * Trump uses Fourth of July to stoke division on virus and raceDonald Trump’s claim not to have been briefed about intelligence suggesting Russia paid Taliban-linked militants to kill US soldiers is “just not the way the system works”, former national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday.Bolton was appearing on Face the Nation, the Sunday talk show from ViacomC...
Tags: News, Nbc, Obama, White House, Russia, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, New York Times, Susan Rice, Cbs, Fox News, Cia, Bolton, Times, Meet The Press


Bolton: Trump claim he wasn’t told of Russia bounty report is 'not how system works’

Ex-national security adviser also says any decision to withhold intelligence would ‘certainly not’ be ‘made only by the briefer’Trump uses Fourth of July to stoke division on virus and raceDonald Trump’s claim not to have been briefed about intelligence suggesting Russia paid Taliban-linked militants to kill US soldiers is “just not the way the system works”, former national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday. Related: Trump’s niece says 2001 NDA based on ‘fraudulent’ financial inform...
Tags: Europe, Russia, US news, US politics, Taliban, Bolton, Donald Trump, Trump, John Bolton, NDA, Trump Administration


Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump’s Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More

Kremlin-controlled Russian state media set out to tickle U.S. President Trump’s fragile ego amid falling ratings after his blustery appearance at Mount Rushmore on Friday. Mentioning that the American head of state had previously toyed with the idea he might be featured alongside Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln, Russia’s premier state media channel Rossiya-1 aired a graphic of Trump’s mug right up there on the mountain beside them. Given the frequent allusions on Russian stat...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Germany, Russia, America, Syria, Afghanistan, Gop, Taliban, Moscow, Fox News, Kremlin, Helsinki, Trump


Russia Denies Paying Bounties, but Some Say the U.S. Had It Coming

MOSCOW -- Three years into a grinding war in eastern Ukraine, the Trump administration, in a sharp break with Obama-era policy, proposed providing the Ukrainian army with potent American weapons, Javelin anti-tank missiles, to aid its struggle with Russian-backed separatists.President Vladimir Putin of Russia responded with an ominous warning, saying weapons in the separatist regions could easily be sent "to other zones of conflict" -- which many took to mean Afghanistan.Russia's grievances ...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Washington, Russia, America, Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Munich, United States, Taliban, Nato, New York Times, Moscow


Critics of US-Taliban deal say militants can't be trusted

Intelligence that Afghan militants might have accepted Russian bounties for killing American troops did not scuttle the U.S.-Taliban agreement or President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw thousands more troops from the war. It did give critics of the deal another reason to say the Taliban shouldn’t be trusted. The bounty information was included in Trump's president's daily intelligence brief on Feb. 27, according to intelligence officials, and two days later, the U.S. and Taliban signed an ag...
Tags: News, Taliban, Donald Trump, Trump, US Taliban, U S Taliban


NY Times: New US memo highlights gaps in intelligence reports on Russian bounties

A recent memo from the council helmed by the nation's intelligence chief confirmed accounts that Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill US troops in Afghanistan -- but cast the reports as incomplete and potentially dubious, The New York Times reported Friday.
Tags: News, Russia, US, Afghanistan, Taliban, New York Times, Stories, Ny Times