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U.S. Intelligence Officials To Hold Classified Briefing On Allegations Russia Offered Bounties To Taliban

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is due to be briefed on July 2 by senior intelligence officials following reports alleging Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

‘We took this seriously:’ Trump, top U.S. officials defend Russian bounty response

At a State Department news conference, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the situation was handled "incredibly well'' to ensure the safety of U.S. troops.

Pentagon: Taliban Keeps 'Close Ties' With Al-Qaeda Affiliate.

Al-Qaeda's regional affiliate in Afghanistan maintains “close ties” to the Taliban and has an "enduring interest" in attacking U.S. troops, the Pentagon says in a new report. 

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More Lawmakers Urge Trump To Consider Repercussions For Russia Over Alleged Bounties.

U.S. President Donald Trump should consider imposing new economic sanctions on Russia if reports alleging that Moscow paid the Taliban bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan are true, Democrats who were briefed on the matter said.

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UN Blames Afghan Army For Deadly Market Blasts

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says “initial impartial” findings indicate the Afghan National Army fired mortars on a market in the southern province of Helmand earlier this week, inflicting multiple civilian casualties.

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Republicans urge action from White House after reported bounties on U.

Eight Republican lawmakers attended a White House briefing about explosive allegations that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan — intelligence the White House insisted the preside...

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Taliban Reaffirms Commitment To U.S. Deal In Call With Pompeo

The Taliban says it has held a video conference call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during which the militant group reaffirmed its commitment to the peace process in Afghanistan.

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Republicans Urge 'Swift And Serious Action' If Reports About Russian Bounties Paid To Taliban Are True.

Republican lawmakers who have been briefed about reports alleging that Russia paid the Taliban bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan are calling for consequences for Russia, if the reports are true.

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White House aware of reports Russia put bounties on U.

The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump's written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials.

Fallout grows as White House distances Trump from report of bounties on U.

Eight Republican lawmakers were briefed Monday on the explosive allegations against Russia, while eight Democrats will be briefed Tuesday morning.

Lawmakers Press For Briefing On Claims Russia Paid Bounties For Taliban To Kill U.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers are demanding a full congressional briefing from top intelligence officials on reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Mortar Attack On Afghan Market Kills At Least 23

A mortar attack on a market in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 23 people and injured dozens of others.

Six Afghan Civilians Killed In Roadside Bomb Blast

A roadside bomb has killed at least six Afghan civilians and wounded two others in the southern province of Helmand, officials say.

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Trump says he wasn’t briefed on reported bounties against U.

Trump, in a Sunday morning tweet, said ``Nobody briefed or told me'' or Vice-President Mike Pence or chief of staff Mark Meadows about ``the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians.''

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White House Denies Trump Was Briefed On Reported Intelligence That Russia Offered Bounties.

The White House has denied that President Donald Trump was briefed on a reported finding that Russian military intelligence offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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Biden slams Trump over New York Times report alleging bounties placed on U.

Russia called the report "nonsense."

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Afghan Human Rights Body Staff Killed In Kabul Bomb Attack.

Two people working for a human rights body in Afghanistan were killed in a bomb attack in Kabul on June 27, the agency said. 

Report: Russian Military Intelligence Paid Afghan Militants To Target U.

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Russian military intelligence offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, The New York Times reported.

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U.S. Adds Afghanistan To List Of Worst Human Traffickers Over Child Sexual Slavery, Child Soldiers

The U.S. State Department has added Afghanistan to a list of nations doing little to stop human trafficking, saying Kabul has failed to properly address child sexual slavery and the recruitment of child soldiers.

Taliban Kills At Least 14 Afghan Forces In Raids On Checkpoints.

Afghan officials say dozens of Taliban fighters staged overnight raids and stormed several checkpoints in the northern part of the country, killing at least 14 security personnel. 

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Nearly 300 Afghan Security Forces Killed Over Past Week, Official Says.

A top Afghan government official has accused the Taliban of unleashing a wave of attacks ahead of potential talks between the warring sides, saying the insurgents had killed 291 local security personnel and wounded 550 others over the past week.

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Top General Says U.S. Troop Cut In Afghanistan Hits 8,600 Target In Line With Taliban Deal

The United States has reduced its troop presence in Afghanistan to levels agreed to as part of a February deal with the Taliban, the general who oversees the region said on June 18.

Mortar Blast At Afghan Religious School Kills At Least Nine Students.

Afghan security officials say a mortar shell has exploded inside a religious school in northern Afghanistan, killing at least nine students.

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Predawn Raid By Taliban On Checkpoint Kills At Least 12 Afghan Soldiers.

Afghan officials say Taliban militants have killed at least a dozen security personnel in an early morning raid on a checkpoint in the north.

MSF Withdraws From Kabul Hospital After 'Horrific' Attack On Maternity Ward.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has announced that it has decided to cease activities at the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in Kabul, following a deadly attack at the facility’s maternity wing last month, saying that similar "horrific" attacks may occur th...

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