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Old 29-06-2020, 14:26   #1
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Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops

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Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops - as senior Tory MP seeks answers

The group responsible for the payments is the same Russian intelligence outfit behind the Skripal poisonings, Sky News is told.

A senior Conservative MP is seeking an urgent question in the Commons on Monday about an alleged plot that a Russian intelligence unit offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to kill coalition troops in Afghanistan.

British security officials have confirmed to Sky News that the reports about the plot are true.
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Old 29-06-2020, 15:14   #2
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Re: Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops

I can’t say I’m surprised. A sort of low-level Cold War has been ongoing for some time now, largely hidden from view - there aren’t massive armies facing each other across Eastern Europe any more, but plans to destabilise are always in play.
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Re: Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops

There are chunks of Kurd-occupied areas with both Allied and Russian troops operating within. And the Russians are not playing nice....
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Re: Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops

I guess this won't exactly encourage the release of the Russia Report then? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-51417880
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Re: Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops

Anyone would think the West hadn't supported attacks by the Taliban on Russians.
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The decision to arm the Afghan resistance came within two weeks of the Soviet invasion, and quickly gained momentum.(21) In 1980, the Carter administration allocated only $30 million for the Afghan resistance, though under the Reagan administration this amount grew steadily. In 1985, Congress earmarked $250 million for Afghanistan, while Saudi Arabia contributed an equal amount. Two years later, with Saudi Arabia still reportedly matching contributions, annual American aid to the mujahidin reportedly reached $630 million.
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Re: Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops

That makes the Russians paying a bounty for each of our troops killed OK?
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Re: Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops

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That makes the Russians paying a bounty for each of our troops killed OK?
It makes over criticism of it(if it's true), somewhat hypocritical.

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Re: Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops

Because 40 years ago during the Cold War we armed the other side? Half the world would have the right to off a Brit soldier if we are bringing history into it.
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Re: Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops

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It makes over criticism of it(if it's true), somewhat hypocritical.
Even if you feel the two things are morally equivalent - should MPs not raise the issue?
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Re: Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops

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It makes over criticism of it(if it's true), somewhat hypocritical.
There's a huge difference between Cold War support for your enemies enemies (which everyone does) and directly paying a bounty on soldiers - if you can't see that, your moral compass needs to go back to the manufacturers for a factory reset.
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Re: Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops

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There's a huge difference between Cold War support for your enemies enemies (which everyone does) and directly paying a bounty on soldiers - if you can't see that, your moral compass needs to go back to the manufacturers for a factory reset.
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Re: Russia offered Taliban-linked fighters bounties to attack British troops

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There's a huge difference between Cold War support for your enemies enemies (which everyone does) and directly paying a bounty on soldiers - if you can't see that, your moral compass needs to go back to the manufacturers for a factory reset.
There are those who were never fitted with one at birth, resetting something that never existed will not work.
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