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It’s back to Russia, Russia, Russia hype, and/or attempts to prolong the withdrawal from the empire’s longest war.

American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter.

The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe intended to destabilize the West or take revenge on turncoats, had covertly offered rewards for successful attacks last year.

Because that just makes perfect sense…

Spokespeople at the National Security Council, the Pentagon, the State Department and the C.I.A. declined to comment.

I imagine this whole idiotic story is nothing but their fictional comment. But hey, Boomer Cons love this kind of fantasy.