According to reports, President Trump is about to declassify intelligence reports (that were obviously vetted or he wouldn’t have been briefed on them) concerning Chinese funded attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Senior administration officials have told Axios that Trump was briefed on the intelligence before Christmas by national security adviser Robert O’Brien.
The Trump administration is declassifying uncorroborated intelligence that indicates China offered to pay non-state actors in Afghanistan to attack American soldiers.https://t.co/XMxddVSUFy
— Axios (@axios) December 30, 2020
The report states that the intelligence has not been fully corroborated, but suggests that ‘non-state actors’ were financed by China to carry out ambushes on American soldiers, and that there are “PRC weapons illicitly flowing into Afghanistan.”
[However, since President Trump WAS briefed on the information, it must have been vetted somehow, many experts argue.]
A source told Axios “The U.S. has evidence that the PRC [People’s Republic of China] attempted to finance attacks on American servicemen by Afghan non-state actors by offering financial incentives or ‘bounties’” and said the National Security Council “is coordinating a whole-of-government investigation.”
A senior official told Axios that “Like all first reports, we react with caution to initial reports” but “any intel reports relating to the safety of our forces we take very seriously.”
The sources also did not disclose if the ‘non state actors’ referred to in the intel were members of the Taliban or not.
There has not yet been any indication of when the suggested attacks occurred or of what scale they were, only that they occurred after late February when the US made a deal with the Taliban.
The disclosure comes after Trump dismissed intelligence reports in the Summer claiming that Russia and Iran had paid Taliban fighters ‘bounties’ to kill US troops.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) August 17, 2020
Back then, the media ran with the claims, which many saw as a way of attacking Trump.
I look forward to wall-to-wall media coverage from the pro-China US media about the latest Intel on China putting bounties on US soldiers. https://t.co/g7KzSb9E4Y
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 31, 2020
Reports continue to surface of the Pentagon is refusing to give the Biden team national security briefings, meaning that they may not have detailed knowledge regarding the China intel.
The latest developments will fan flames of projections that China and the US are headed toward conflict.
Another puzzle piece in place.
It is now quite obvious which way we are pointing. https://t.co/3T7v8CfeIo
— Ron (@CodeMonkeyZ) December 31, 2020
I find it interesting that Axios casually plays this… but doesn't seemingly understand the implication. THIS intelligence has been vetted, else Trump wouldn't be briefed on it. pic.twitter.com/VtxArbOOPx
— AJ (@AJNoiter) December 31, 2020