The US is grasping for straws in finding more alleged Russian wrongdoing to impose more sanctions in an election year.
I would agree if it was Trump with the stupid story, but it is not... it is deep state that clearly wants US soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan... maybe there are materials that can be mined there to replace the stuff they have been buying from China for making batteries and stuff.
This is an attempt to hurt Trump and to get him to go against his policy of withdrawing US troops from countries where US defence has no interest... just US big business wants bodies there to support their interests but they don't want to hire ex military contractors... they want US taxpayers to subsidise them as usual like Elon Musk...
In fact Trump would be better off if he could get US soldiers out of Afghanistan and therefore claim he did deliver on his promise to bring the troops home.
Iran would have nothing to lose by paying any1 to kill GIs anywhere.
Iran can't print money like the US does... most of the Afghans would take a potshot at GIs even without the promise of cash... Americans think GIs spread peace and democracy where ever they go, but the reality is that they can be more heavy handed than the US police when it comes to shooting people.
Russia doesn't need to offer money either... even Syrians in US occupied territory are starting to realise the US doens't give a shit about them and while Syrians in government occupied areas are getting rebuilt and normal life returned, the people in US occupied Syria are basically on their own... those US troops are there to steal oil and everyone else can get stuffed.
While waiting for the US to leave, the Talibs r focusing on Afghan mil. & police- as is, they kill GIs for free if they get in the way.
The whole point of blaming Russia for bounties is to stop the withdrawal... and when the withdrawal stops the Taleban will understandably get upset because the US is again breaking its promise to leave so they will feel they need to not deliver on their part of the deal to not target US forces... the first attack of course will be blamed on Putin because he was paying for it to happen even though there is no evidence, but that doesn't matter... the only reason the Taleban would kill Americans is because they are being paid to do it... American troops are bringing peace and democracy to the region why else would they kill them other than money... the US does everything for money and the Taleban are obviously the same as the US.
The US could even pose as Russians bribing the Talibs in a false flag op.
Most of the cases of Russia interfering in US and EU elections has proven to come from western Intel funded organisations that claim they were testing to see if it could be done...
Or they could pay them to kill more ISIS or drug dealers/farmers that won't cooperate with them, but the job wasn't done right or at all.
The US is already funding war lords and turning a blind eye to illegal drug cultivation... not to mention most of the funding they handed over the Pakistan the last few decades ended up going to terrorists in Afghanistan...
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The more I think about it the funnier it becomes... the US intervention there was supposed to get Osama Bin Laden... so why are they still there? To build peace and prosperity? to fix a country they have spend trillions of dollars and the better part of 50 years trying to destroy... the old saying is that when an enemy is making a mistake... for what ever reason... don't interrupt them... staying in Afghanistan is a mistake the Soviets didn't make though the Brits have been there about 6 times now... I am sure they will leave when their masters instruct them to... US taxpayer money is not helping Afghanistan and dead American soldiers are not helping America be strong again, but a few companies in the US are making lots and lots of money in Afghanistan from the conflict there... it seems GI lives don't matter...