Afghanistan

A US intelligence investigation into allegations that a secret Russian military intelligence unit paid out bounties to militants in Afghanistan partly concentrated on a fatal bombing that killed three US Marines, The New York Times reported.
Some officials reportedly maintained that the intelligence was not concrete.
Two of the Marines were scheduled to come back to the US in less than two weeks from the bombing.
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A US intelligence investigation into allegations that a secret Russian military intelligence unit paid out bounties to militants in Afghanistan partly concentrated on a suicide vehicle bombing that killed three US Marines, according to officials cited in a New York Times report published Monday.

Some officials reportedly maintained that the intelligence was not concrete — The Times reported that officials were in disagreement about the veracity of the evidence from the bombing and its connection to the Russians.

In April 2019, three US Marines were killed when a roadside bomb struck a military convoy near Bagram Airfield, a major base in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman of Delaware, Cpl. Robert Hendriks of New York, and Sgt. Benjamin Hines of Pennsylvania were assigned to the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division when they were killed in the bombing.

Two of the Marines deployed in October 2018 and were scheduled to come back to the US in less than two weeks, according to a previous Stars & Stripes report.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The latest report comes days after The Times first reported that US intelligence officials assessed that Russia’s military intelligence agency paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill NATO troops in Afghanistan. Since The Times’s first report on Friday, several other news organizations have confirmed the intelligence assessment.

US officials discovered information about the bounties through interrogations of militants and …read more

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