According to relevant intelligence reports, Russia may provide bounty to Taliban militants who killed Americans in Afghanistan. The father of the Marine Corps, who was killed in a roadside bomb attack last year, hopes to get an answer.
Cpl, 25-year-old son of Erik Hendriks. Robert A. Hendriks is one of three Marines who were killed in a bomb attack on a frigate outside Bagram Airport.
Hendricks said he learned about possible payments to militants related to the Taliban in a phone call to reporters on Monday.
Hendricks said in an interview on Tuesday that if these reports are true, it will make me sad. “That̵
The Ministry of Defence stated that Robert Hendricks (his father named Robbie) was killed while fighting in Parwan Province on April 8, 2019. The sergeant was also killed. Benjamin Hines (31 years old) and chief of staff. Christopher Kaslutman, 43 years old.
NBC News has not confirmed a link between the April 2019 bomb attack and the alleged bounty offered by Russian intelligence officials. Two senior government officials said on Monday that the White House did not believe in any connection.
Hendricks said he did not hear the president directly. “Why didn’t anyone call me or my ex-wife to settle us? No one in the hell we went through made any requests, is that not enough?” he asked. “It’s terrible.”
Since the second half of last week, several media including NBC News reported that the United States has collected intelligence, and Russian intelligence personnel have proposed to pay bounty to Taliban fighters who killed Americans. The news was first reported by the New York Times on Friday.
The White House denied having notified President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence of the matter.
John Ratcliffe, Director of National Intelligence Denied on Saturday night Trump was briefed. Trump tweeted on Sunday: “Intel just reported to me that they believe the information is not credible”, so it has not been reported to him or penny.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Tuesday that he had informed the president. She said: “However, this has not changed the fact that there is no consensus on this information and it has yet to be verified.”
An official familiar with the intelligence said that this indicated that US military personnel and Afghan civilians were killed due to Russian payments to the Taliban, but other officials said the intelligence has not been confirmed.
A person with direct knowledge of the intelligence told NBC News that the senior officials of the White House and the National Security Council learned of the intelligence, which shows that Russia provided bounty to the United States and coalition forces early last year.
Texas Rep. Michael McCaul said senior officials told lawmakers in the White House Situation Room on Monday that “no one was killed” due to a Russian reward. But other US officials said they were unclear, while others said that Russia’s efforts could indeed lead to death.
Both Russia and the Taliban have denied the accusation. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, called reports of such plans “ridiculous” and “100% bull-“.
Hendricks spoke on the phone at his home in Glen Cove, New York, on Long Island, saying he was waiting for the facts.
He said: “I’m waiting to see if there is a smoking gun.” “Does anyone know this is true?”
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Hendricks said his problem was not based on politics. He said he has not voted since Ross Perot ran for president in the 1990s. He said he is inclined to Trump and likes the president’s message of withdrawing troops in Afghanistan, but he is also worried that this may destabilize the area and put Americans at risk of family attacks.
Hendricks sometimes cried. He said he wanted to continue to pay attention to his son and his son serving the country.
Hendricks said that former Secretary of Defense James Mattis wrote a handwritten letter to him, calling his son “Marine Corps.”
The answer will help Hendricks find peace. He said: “Look at whether this is a fair trial for Robbie.”