US military reveals it can’t corroborate NYT’s story on Russian bounties to Taliban – months after vowing to get to bottom of it

After two months of digging for evidence that Russia’s government paid bounties to Taliban forces to kill American forces in Afghanistan, as reported by the New York Times, the US military has found no corroboration. … Read More >US military reveals it can’t corroborate NYT’s story on Russian bounties to Taliban – months after vowing to get to bottom of it

Iran denies offering bounties to Taliban fighters, says US spreading propaganda to cover up ‘catastrophic presence’ in Afghanistan

Tehran has issued a strongly-worded denial after US media reports accused it of paying Taliban-linked militants to attack American forces in Afghanistan, calling the claim baseless misinformation. … Read More >Iran denies offering bounties to Taliban fighters, says US spreading propaganda to cover up ‘catastrophic presence’ in Afghanistan

Afghanistan convenes grand assembly of elders on Friday to decide fate of Taliban prisoners

The government of Afghanistan will convene a grand assembly of elders, known as a loya jirga, in Kabul on Friday. The centuries-old institution will decide the fate of hundreds of prisoners the Taliban insists should be released before entering peace talks with the government. … Read More >Afghanistan convenes grand assembly of elders on Friday to decide fate of Taliban prisoners

Taliban announces three-day ceasefire for Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha – but vows to retaliate if attacked

In a rare peace gesture, Taliban militants have said they will not conduct any “operations” for three days starting on Friday, to let their fighters mark one of the holiest Muslim holidays following a recent upsurge of violence. … Read More >Taliban announces three-day ceasefire for Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha – but vows to retaliate if attacked

Afghanistan Taliban spokesperson: Russia paying Taliban to kill US soldiers is FAKE NEWS!

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Afghanistan Taliban spokesperson and US-Taliban negotiator Suhail Shaheen. He discusses the claims made in Western media that Russia has been paying the Taliban bounties to kill US soldiers, and why it is false. … Read More >Afghanistan Taliban spokesperson: Russia paying Taliban to kill US soldiers is FAKE NEWS!

‘The Russians paid bounties to the Taliban to kill US troops,’ screamed the NYT. Now it quietly admits there’s, erm, zero evidence

Is this how journalism is supposed to work in America? That you can make – or, more accurately, make up – lurid allegations, and then keep running with them even when there’s no proof at all? … Read More >‘The Russians paid bounties to the Taliban to kill US troops,’ screamed the NYT. Now it quietly admits there’s, erm, zero evidence