Russia ‘offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill American troops’

Russia has a tortured history in Afghanistan, where in fact the former Soviet Union in its final years was bogged down in a devastating fight Islamic guerrillas, then backed by Washington.
But Russia has now been accused by the United States of quietly providing small arms to the Taliban.
The New York Times said there have been different theories on why Russia would support Taliban attacks, including a desire to keep carefully the United States bogged down in war.
It said that the Russian unit may also be seeking revenge within the US killing of Russian mercenaries in Syria, where Moscow backs President Bashar al-Assad.
According to the newspaper, the Taliban operation was light emitting diode by a unit known as the GRU, that has been blamed in numerous international incidents including a 2018 chemical weapons attack in Britain that nearly killed Russian-born double agent Sergei Skripal.
US intelligence figured Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election in a bid to assist Trump, including through manipulation of social media marketing.
Trump has scoffed at the findings and sought a warmer relationship with President Vladimir Putin, whilst his administration keeps imposing sanctions over Russia over its actions on Ukraine.