Trump denies knowledge of Russian bounties in Afghanistan; pandemic death toll reaches half a million; attack in Karachi
US President Donald Trump delivers remarks to US troops during an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2019.
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Several US service members are believed to have been killed as a result of bounties offered by a Russian military intelligence unit to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan,. Last week, The New York Times broke the story that US intelligence officials had concluded Russia was in the country, possibly to destabilize ongoing peace talks or as revenge for the death of , though motivations remain unclear.
The Taliban rejected the allegations, and, essentially calling it fake news. US President Donald , accusing The New York Times of a possible “fabricated Russia Hoax.” According to The Times, special forces and intelligence officers of the suspected Russian plot, and Trump had been briefed on this intelligence in late March, but the White House failed to take decisive action. The to Russia’s efforts to pay bounties, adding that intelligence officials had not found the report credible and therefore had not briefed him. Trump then claimed on Twitter, “Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration,” and proceeded with an ad hominem attack on his presumptive presidential challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Congressional lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have; select members are set to be on Monday. Tune into The World today, as we plan to speak to Gen. David Patreus, former CIA chief, about the implications of this report.
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Several security officers and attackers were killed during aMonday. The Baluchistan Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the attack. In recent years, the separatist group has targeted Chinese interests in the region, which is a center of .
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