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Russian Money for Taliban to Fight U.S. Part of Plan to Get Afghan Foothold, Officials Say

Russian aid presented to the Taliban was part of a grand strategy to seize on U.S. attempts to end a beleaguered war effort in Afghanistan and to help set the...

Dismissing the widely tossed-around term “bounty” to refer to the practice of Russia’s Main Directorate, commonly called the Main Intelligence Directorate…

  • Tom O’Connor and Naveed Jamali
  • Newsweek

“The Russians, long term, want a place in Afghanistan,” a former CIA officer who served in the region and spoke under the condition of anonymity told Newsweek.

“They feel by developing relationships with elements within Afghanistan, with the government, with the…

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