The New York Times has published new material stating that Russia allegedly paid Afghan militants from the Taliban * (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation) for the killing of the US military in Afghanistan. This time the publication named the name of the alleged intermediary – it is drug smuggler Rahmatulla Azizi.
The editorial board claims that Russian military intelligence allegedly offered rewards to Taliban * militants for the killing of American soldiers in Afghanistan, while Azizi acted as a liaison, and he was very rich in his mediation services.
Sources of the newspaper in the American intelligence agencies said that Rahmatullah Azizi was at one time selling drugs, was associated with a certain coalition-led construction project led by the United States, and also traveled to Russia. After that, he maintained contact with representatives of the so-called 29155 Russian military intelligence unit and transferred to the Taliban * money for the killing of Americans from the military contingent in Afghanistan. When Afghan intelligence came to search his villa in Kabul, Azizi escaped, presumably to Russia, leaving half a million dollars in cash at home.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump called the information of The New York Times unreliable “ordering a fake publication” and “another fabricated hoax”, the purpose of which is to “put the Republicans in a bad light.”
Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry called the publication of the newspaper “unpretentious stuffing,” which demonstrates the “low intellectual ability of propagandists from American intelligence.” Moscow emphasized that it was no secret to anyone in Afghanistan “the involvement of members of the American intelligence community in drug trafficking, cash payments to militants for the passage of transport caravans, kickbacks from contracts for various projects paid by US taxpayers”.
Despite the statements made from the White House, some part of American society believed the journalists and began to write Russophobic comments on social networks. The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington transmitted data on the threats received by Russian diplomats to US law enforcement agencies and the State Department.
Accusations against Russia came amid attempts by the US authorities to end their almost 20-year military presence in Afghanistan with the Taliban *, which continues to control a significant part of the country. The other day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held another round of peace talks with the Taliban official * Mullah Abdul Gani Baradar. Many political opponents of President Donald Trump consider his torture to end the war in this way and withdraw troops from Afghanistan a mistake.