New York Times: Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says

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The Trump administration has been deliberating for months about what to do about a stunning intelligence assessment.

By CHARLIE SAVAGE, ERIC SCHMITT and MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ 

WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter.

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