В Совфеде упрекнули The New York Times в «желтизне» после публикации о связи России с талибами

Главным посредником между Россией и движением «Талибан» (запрещено в России) был Рахмат Азизи, который ранее работал контрабандистом наркотиков, сообщили источники The New York Times (NYT). В Афганистане у бизнесменов, которые могли быть связаны с ним, проходили обыски. Ранее газета выпустила несколько материалов, где утверждала, что Россия платила деньги талибам за убийства американских военных в Афганистане.

По данным издания, господин Азизи в молодости работал контрабандистом небольших партий наркотиков, однако дело не было успешным. После этого в Афганистане он выиграл контракты на строительство проектов коалиции во главе с США, а затем стал работать в России.

Около полугода назад афганская разведка проводила обыски у бизнесменов в Кабуле и Кундузе, которые могли быть связаны с вознаграждениями со стороны России, сообщила NYT. Факт обысков подтвердил замглавы провинциального совета Кундуза Сафиулла Амири. «Целью операции был Рахмат, который ездил в Россию и обратно и заявлял, что работает там, однако никто не знал, чем он занимался»,— сказал господин Амири. Однако к моменту проведения обысков господин Азизи якобы сбежал.

NYT первая сообщила о возможном сговоре России с талибами в целях убийства американских военных. Господин Трамп назвал сообщение выдумкой, которая направлена против него и Республиканской партии. В Пентагоне утверждают, что у них нет доказательств сговора России и талибов. Спикер Палаты представителей Конгресса США Нэнси Пелоси призвала «прямо сейчас» ввести санкции против России.

Подробнее о скандале читайте в публикации “Ъ” «Америка путается в показаниях талибов».

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KABUL, Afghanistan — He was a lowly drug smuggler, neighbors and relatives say, then ventured into contracting, seeking a slice of the billions of dollars the U.S.-led coalition was funneling into construction projects in Afghanistan.

But he really began to show off his wealth in recent years, after establishing a base in Russia, though how he earned those riches remained mysterious. On his regular trips home to northern Afghanistan, he drove the latest model cars, protected by bodyguards, and his house was recently upgraded to a four-story villa.

Now Rahmatullah Azizi stands as a central piece of a puzzle rocking Washington, named in American intelligence reports and confirmed by Afghan officials as a key middleman who for years handed out money from a Russian military intelligence unit to reward Taliban-linked fighters for targeting American troops in Afghanistan, according to American and Afghan officials.

As security agencies connected the dots of the bounty scheme and narrowed in on him, they carried out sweeping raids to arrest dozens of his relatives and associates about six months ago, but discovered that Mr. Azizi had sneaked out of Afghanistan and was likely back in Russia. What they did find in one of his homes, in Kabul, was about half a million dollars in cash.

American and Afghan officials have maintained for years that Russia was running clandestine operations to undermine the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and aid the Taliban.

But U.S. officials only recently concluded that a Russian spy agency was paying bounties for killing coalition troops, including Americans, which the Kremlin and the Taliban have denied.

According to officials briefed on the matter, U.S. intelligence officials believe the program is run by Unit 29155, an arm of the Russian military intelligence agency known as the G.R.U. that has carried out assassinations and other operations overseas.

That a conduit for the payments would be someone like Mr. Azizi — tied to the American reconstruction effort, enmeshed in the regional netherworld, but not prominent enough to attract outside attention — speaks to the depth of Russia’s reach into the increasingly complicated Afghan battlefield, exploiting a nexus of crime and terror to strike blows with years of deniability.

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The public revelation last week of that conclusion has touched off a political firestorm in Washington. White House officials said at first that President Trump was never briefed on the matter, but it emerged that the intelligence assessment was included in a written briefing to the president in late February, if not earlier.

As Democratic and Republican officials have expressed alarm at the news, and the administration’s lack of action in response, the White House has insisted that the information was uncertain.

Details of Mr. Azizi’s role in the bounty scheme were confirmed through a dozen interviews that included U.S. and Afghan officials aware of the intelligence and the raids that led to it; his neighbors and friends; and business associates of the middle men arrested on suspicion of involvement. All spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid retaliation.

U.S. intelligence reports named Mr. Azizi as a key middleman between the G.R.U. and militants linked to the Taliban who carried out the attacks. He was among those who collected the cash in Russia, which intelligence files described as multiple payments of “hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Those files were among the materials provided to Congress this week.

Through a layered and complex Hawala system — an informal way to transfer money — he delivered it to Afghanistan for the missions, the files say. The transfers were often sliced into smaller amounts that routed through several regional countries before arriving in Afghanistan, associates of the arrested businessmen said.

Afghan officials said prizes of as much as $100,000 per killed soldier were offered for American and coalition targets.

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Just how the money was dispersed to militants carrying out attacks for the Taliban, and at what level the coordination occurred, remains unclear. But officials say the network had grown increasingly ambitious and was in communication with more senior levels in Taliban military ranks to discuss potential targets.

About six months ago, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, raided the offices of several Hawala businessmen both in Kabul, the capital, and in Kunduz, in the north, who were believed to be associated with the bounty scheme, making more than a dozen arrests.

“The target of the operation was Rahmat, who was going back and forth to Russia for a long time and said he worked there but no one knew what he did,” said Safiullah Amiry, the deputy head of Kunduz provincial council, referring to Mr. Azizi. But by the time the raid took place, “Rahmat had fled.”

“From what I heard from security officials, the money had come from Russia through Rahmat,” he added.

Russia was initially seen as cooperating with American efforts after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, as its interests in defeating Al Qaeda, an international Islamist terror group, aligned with those of the United States.

But in recent years, as the two powers clashed elsewhere, the Kremlin grew wary of the prolonged United States presence and moved closer to the Taliban, hedging its bets on who would take power in a post-American Afghanistan.

The Russians also saw an opportunity for long-awaited payback for the Soviet humiliation in Afghanistan in the 1980s, when the Red Army withdrew after being unable to defeat a United States-backed insurgency.

Russia has walked a fine balance in recent years, eager to bloody the American nose, but wary of Afghanistan collapsing into a chaos that could spill over its borders. Publicly, Russia has admitted only to information-sharing with the Taliban in fighting the Islamic State in Afghanistan, a common foe.

The U.S. conclusion in 2019 that the Russians were sending bounty money to the Taliban came at a delicate time in the conflict, just as the United States was deep into negotiations with the insurgents over a deal to withdraw the remaining American troops from the country.

Some of the attacks believed to be part of the bounty scheme were carried out around the time the Trump administration was actively reaching out to Russia for cooperation on those peace talks. Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special envoy leading the talks, repeatedly met with Russian officials to build consensus around the American endgame.

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The Afghan battlefield is saturated with smaller terrorist groups in addition to the Taliban, who are still responsible for the majority of the violence. Criminal networks, profiteers and terror training experts also freelance their services — often to several groups at the same time.

Mr. Azizi, who neighbors and relatives said is in his 40s, thrived in that convoluted, murky environment.

A friend who has known him since his early days in Kunduz, as well as later in Russia, said he had started off with smuggling small shipments of drugs into Iran in his 20s, but that venture was not very successful. He had returned to northern Afghanistan, and somehow won contracts from the American-led coalition forces to build stretches of a couple roads in Kunduz, before making his way to Russia.

None of those interviewed who know Mr. Azizi were surprised when his associates were raided about six months ago and one of his brothers taken into custody with the half a million dollars in cash. As one of his friends put it, he had gone from “not even having a blanket” to having multiple houses, fancy cars, and security escorts.

Michael Schwirtz contributed reporting.

Источник: https://www.nytimes.com

В Совфеде упрекнули The New York Times в «желтизне» после публикации о связи России с талибами

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Фото РИА Новости

Ранее издание назвало контрабандиста наркотиков Рахмата Азизи посредником при предполагаемых контактах запрещённого движения «Талибан» с РФ.

Первый зампредседателя комитета Совета Федерации по международным делам Владимир Джабаров сообщил радиостанции «Говорит Москва», что такие публикации в газете связаны с предстоящими выборами президента в США.

«New York Times — издание, которое всегда определяло то или иное направление печатной политики СМИ. NYT — газета частная, она выражает позицию демократов, они и не скрывают это. Уж очень хочется демократам в преддверии президентских выборов опять обвинить Трампа в сговоре с нами, с коварной Россией. Это же бред, который несут американцы».

По словам сенатора, эти статьи — внутренняя борьба Америки, в которую пытаются привлечь Россию.

«Во-первых, российского присутствия в Афганистане практически нет после того, как там пришёл «Талибан» к власти, потом вошли американцы. Талибы и так постепенно и планово захватывают всё новые территории и, кстати, регулярно нападают на американских солдат. Для этого им даже денег не надо платить, они сами делают это с удовольствием.

Во-вторых, мы решаем немного другие задачи в том регионе. Я имею в виду Сирию, Ближний Восток. Мы боремся с международным терроризмом. Мы не заигрываем с наркобаронами, с наркодельцами. У нас денег для этого нет — заниматься подобными глупостями. Это вообще не в стиле российской армии.

Это опять внутренняя борьба Америки, в которую пытаются втянуть Россию и другие страны, чтобы опять отвлечь внимание американцев от внутренних проблем. В данном случае, одновременно пытаются полоскать Трампа. Кстати, Трамп и другие официальные лица, включая американские разведсообщества, не подтвердили достоверность этой информации. Наоборот, опровергают, что это полная чушь. К сожалению, New York Times превращается в жёлтую прессу, получается, если они публикуют подобные фейки».

Как сообщает издание, Рахмат Азизи якобы собирал наличные деньги в России, которые описываются в разведывательных документах как «сотни тысяч долларов», и переправлял их в Афганистан для выплат боевикам.

В конце июня газета опубликовала статью, в которой сообщала со ссылкой на источники, что российская военная разведка предлагала «Талибану» (запрещённая в РФ террористическая организация) вознаграждение за нападения на американских военных в Афганистане.

В воскресенье Дональд Трамп заявил, что считает подобные обвинения в адрес России беспочвенными, сообщило РИА Новости.

Источник: https://govoritmoskva.ru

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