A sensational story that alleged the Russian Federation was paying the Taliban “bounties” for killing American troops stationed in Afghanistan is wholly unsubstantiated, according to the commanding officer of all US service members stationed in the region.
“It just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me,” Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of the US Central Command. “We continue to look for that evidence… I just haven’t seen it yet,” McKenzie has said, according to NBC News.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper had already confirmed that the story was uncorroborated. He testified before the House Armed Services Committee in July, stating that “all the defense intelligence agencies have been unable to corroborate that report.”
Democrats and the corporate media had seized upon the sensational claim when it was published in July, claiming it was an instance of President Trump’s supposed subordination to Russia and his refusal to support the US military.
The New York Times originally reported on the story, sourcing none other than… you guessed it… completely anonymous military and intelligence “senior officials.” The report emerged as President Trump began an initiative to withdraw American military personnel from Afghanistan, a policy goal long opposed by many senior Pentagon and national security establishment leaders.
It’s quite the coincidence that none other than the same shadowy and vague “anonymous sources” are referred to as supposedly unimpeachable witnesses about President Trump’s purported insults of American World War I dead. They’re recycling the same predictable pattern of attack for fake news stories at this point.
Don’t believe any significant claim made by a supposed anonymous government bureaucrat who is unwilling to put their own name behind it.
Two Men Arrested for Planning Terrorist Attack on Trump Tower in Support of ISIS
They’re from South Carolina and Texas.
The FBI has arrested two men and charged them with planning terrorist attacks on locations such as New York’s Trump Tower in support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Kristopher Sean Matthews of South Carolina and Jaylyn Christopher Molina of Texas have been charged with conspiring to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Matthews adopted the pseudonym Ali Jibreel, and Molina the name Abdur Rahim.
The pair allegedly plotted to attack government facilities and New York’s Trump Tower, discussing their plans in jihadist chatrooms. They were busted by federal informants within these honeypots.
“We need to stick together, we need to defeat them, we need to take a lot of casualties,” said Molina of the pair’s plotting. Molina spoke of his allegiance to ISIS in the server. “You are my enemy (America) and never will I wear your flag … but I will raise the black flag of Allah.”
They also spoke of the proposition of traveling to Syria in order to fight for ISIS, an idea that would’ve almost certainly resulted in their quick capture or death. American citizens caught fighting for ISIS on foreign battlefields have proven to be a legal nightmare for American military and civil law to manage.
Both were arrested on Monday. They face a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison, with a lifetime of supervised release.
These clowns didn’t get very far in actually planning acts of violence in support of ISIS, and they seem to have somewhat missed the boat- ISIS has largely been defeated by American-backed Kurdish militias and the Iraqi and Syrian governments. But they deserve punishment nonetheless.
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