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Intelligence report Russia paid Taliban to attack troops 'not credible' – Trump

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US President Donald Trump has said he was not told of intelligence that a Russian military spy unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to attack coalition forces in Afghanistan – including US troops – because intelligence officials did not find the information credible.
US President Donald Trump has said he was not told of intelligence that a Russian military spy unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to attack coalition forces in Afghanistan – including US troops – because intelligence officials did not find the information credible.
“Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP,” Mr Trump said in a tweet on Sunday night, referring to Vice President Mike Pence.
He added that he considers such reports “possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax” spread by the “Fake News… wanting to make Republicans look bad!!!”
Mr Trump had earlier tweeted he had not been briefed about the intelligence, but he did little to clarify whether the administration was denying the assessment existed or simply that he knew anything about it.
‘The Washington Post’ reported the Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several US service members, according to intelligence gleaned from American military interrogations of captured militants in recent months.

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