Esper tells lawmakers he’s not convinced Russia offered Taliban bounties to kill US troops

Military Times: The Pentagon’s top civilian and top uniformed official spoke publicly for the first time Thursday about recent reports that Russia’s military intelligence agency had put bounties on U.S. troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, and both said that those intelligence reports are uncorroborated.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that he had never been specifically briefed on the proposition of Russia offering bounties to Taliban fighters.

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