Most everything the Times claims about nations on the US target list for regime change is suspect at best, a gross perversion of reality at worst — state-approved propaganda over truth and full disclosure.
The Times’ claim about Russia offering bounties to kill US forces in Afghanistan ranks with the worst of its propaganda rubbish though the years — more evidence of its long ago lost credibility.
The phony claim shifted from one report to another.
After first claiming Moscow paid Taliban fighters bounties to kill US forces, no evidence supporting it, the narrative shifted to paying “Taliban-linked militants to kill American and coalition troops in Afghanistan,” using a middleman “contractor (sic).”
Another account claimed “intercepted electronic data on financial transfers…from a bank account controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency to a Taliban-linked account,” compounds the fake news story — again no evidence supporting the claim.
Sources used by the Times were anonymous, an obvious red flag.
When individuals behind claims aren’t identified, they lack credibility, should never be used, and surely not believed.NYT Walks Back From its Fake News About Russia