Friday, July 10, 2020


Listening to Ravel’s Bolero While Reading The New York Times Article “Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says”:
Propaganda for What Passes as Trustworthy Journalism

American intelligence officials have concluded
According to officials briefed on the matter
The United States concluded months ago
Islamist militants, or criminal elements…are believed to have collected some bounty money, the officials said.
Officials developed a menu of potential options
American and Afghan officials have said
Spokespeople at the National Security Council, the Pentagon, the State Department and the C.I.A. declined to comment
The officials familiar with the intelligence did not explain
The intelligence assessment is said to be based at least in part on interrogations of captured Afghan militants and criminals
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity
The officials did not describe the mechanics of the Russian operation
It is not clear whether Russian operatives had deployed inside Afghanistan or met with their Taliban counterparts elsewhere
Although officials collected the intelligence earlier in the year
Both American and Afghan officials have previously accused Russia
While officials were said to be confident about the intelligence
Some officials have theorized
The officials briefed on the matter said
Western intelligence officials say
American intelligence officials say
American officials say
…officials briefed on its operations say
Taliban officials have traveled to Moscow for peace talks
This disclosure comes at a time when

--Victor Henry

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