The United States intelligence community is not confident that Russia offered bounties to the Taliban for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In September, the commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) General Frank McKenzie said there was no definitive proof of Russian bounties. 

“I found what they presented to me very concerning, very worrisome. I just couldn’t see the final connection, so I sent my guys back and said, look, keep digging,” General McKenzie said.

“So we have continued to dig and look because this involves potential threats to U.S. forces, it’s open,” he added. “I just haven’t seen anything that closes that gap yet.”

A Change in Narrative About Russian Bounties

The assessment hasn’t changed since last summer when the Washington Post and New York Times released the story fanning the flames of why then-President Trump wasn’t taking action against Russia and President Putin.