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‘Try and spoil a peace deal’: Taliban spokesman says ‘Russian bounties’ story is pretend information

‘Attempt to spoil a peace deal’: Taliban spokesman says ‘Russian bounties’ story is fake news


A Taliban official has dismissed as pretend and a byproduct of US political infighting the sensational New York Occasions report claiming Russia had paid it to kill US troops in Afghanistan, in a phase on RT’s present Going Underground.

The story – based mostly on nameless sources – was damaged by the Occasions final month, and triggered a recent wave of anti-Trump indignation within the media and on the left. President Donald Trump himself referred to as the story a “phony hit job,” whereas his personal Protection Division and Joint Chiefs of Employees stated they had been unable to corroborate it.

“This Russian bounties, it’s not true,” Taliban spokesperson and US-Taliban negotiator Suhail Shaheen informed RT’s ‘Going Underground’ on Saturday. “We’re not preventing for anybody for cash.”

Shaheen didn’t deny attacking US troopers, however stated that his forces achieve this based mostly on “ideology,” and for the reason for “establishing an Islamic authorities,” not for money.

The story, he stated, “has to do with inside politics” in Washington, and is aimed toward spoiling a peace settlement signed between the US and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, in February. Talks are at present underway between the militants and the US-backed Afghan authorities to form a post-US Afghanistan. 

Shaheen’s suspicion echoes that of some anti-war commenters within the US, who argued that the New York Occasions story was aimed toward undermining the peace course of, in a bid to maintain the US engaged in its almost two-decade battle in Afghanistan.

When pressed on the supply of his militia’s funding, Shaheen maintained that the majority of the Taliban’s funds come from taxes levied on the populace of their territory. Commenters within the west, nonetheless, accuse the Taliban of cashing in on opium manufacturing, regardless of their anti-drug stance.

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