Pentagon Says No Evidence to Corroborate Allegations About Russia's 'Deal' With Taliban

A New York Times report last week claimed that Russia may have offered bounties to Afghan militants for killing US troops deployed to the Central Asian coutnry. Both Russia and the Taliban denied the accusations. The White House also insisted Trump wasn’t briefed on the matter.

The Pentagon has no evidence to back up allegations about the Russia-Taliban collusion, according to Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman.

“The Department of Defense continues to evaluate intelligence that Russian GRU operatives were engaged in malign activity against United States and coalition forces in Afghanistan,” Hoffman said in a statement.

“To date, DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports. Regardless, we always take the safety and security of our forces in Afghanistan — and around the world — most seriously and therefore continuously adopt measures to prevent harm from potential threats.”

On Friday, the New York Times ran an article citing unnamed intelligence officials as claiming that Donald Trump had been presented with an intelligence report claiming Russia could have paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to assassinate US troops in Afghanistan.