Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, the top US general in the Middle East, said Tuesday that he found the intelligence on Russian bounties to Taliban-linked militants “worrisome,” according to the AP.
But, he said he was skeptical of reports that these secret payments resulted in US deaths.
He confirmed previous reporting that Central Command did not increase security in response because the US military already takes “extreme force protection measures” in Afghanistan.
Commenting on the intelligence, he stressed that the US should “always remember, the Russians are not our friends.”
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The top US general for the Middle East told reporters Tuesday that while he found intelligence that Russian bounties to Taliban-linked militants led to the deaths of US troops “very worrisome,” he is skeptical of reports it got troops killed.

The US intelligence community found that the Russian military intelligence unit GRU has been secretly paying bounties to militants to…

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