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Iran Bribed the Taliban to Target U.S. troops

Tuesday 18 August 2020

PARIS (Satrapia) — US intelligence agencies assessed that Iran offered bounties to Taliban fighters for targeting American and coalition troops in Afghanistan, a media report said on Monday.

This involved identifying payments linked to at least six attacks last year including a suicide bombing at the US airbase in Bagram.

CNN reported that American intelligence has linked Iran’s payment of bounties to the Haqqani organization for the December 11 attack on Bagram that left two civilians dead and more than 70 others injured, among them two Americans.

The Pentagon decided not to retaliate in the hope of securing a peace agreement that the Trump administration reached with the Taliban in February, CNN reports. In January, less than a month after the attack on Bagram, the United States killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Suleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad, although the attack is not considered a clear retaliation for the Bagram bombing.


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