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Mother of Marine killed in Afghanistan desires investigation of declare Russians paid Taliban to kill U.S. troopers

Mom of Marine killed in Afghanistan wants investigation of claim Russians paid Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers

The mom of a Marine killed final yr in Afghanistan stated Monday that she desires an intensive investigation of stories that her son and two different Marines could have been the targets of Taliban-linked fighters who collected a bounty on U.S. troopers provided by a Russian navy intelligence unit.

Felicia Arculeo, whose son Cpl. Robert Hendriks died within the April 8, 2019, assault, additionally advised AnotherBillionaire Information “that the events who’re accountable needs to be held accountable, if that is even potential.”

Arculeo, who lives in Lengthy Island, N.Y., stated she has not been contacted by U.S. intelligence or navy officers since Friday.

That was the day that The New York Instances broke the information that American intelligence businesses had assessed {that a} Russian intelligence unit final yr provided bounties to Islamist fighters in Afghanistan who killed U.S. troopers.

The Instances additionally reported that President Donald Trump had been briefed on that perception in March, however as of but had not selected if or retaliate in opposition to Russia after being offered with a menu of choices.

Different information retailers, together with NBC Information, have confirmed that there’s intelligence backing up the declare {that a} Russian unit provided bounties on U.S. troopers in Afghanistan.

“I simply occurred to randomly see” the information concerning the report, Arculeo stated.

“I acquired fairly upset.”

Her 25-year-old, Hendriks, and the opposite two marines, Sgt. Benjamin Hines, 31, and 43-year-old Employees Sgt. Christopher Slutman, have been killed by a automobile bomb close to the Bagram Air Area. The three Marines, who had been assigned to the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, died simply days earlier than they have been scheduled to return residence from Afghanistan.

On Sunday, The Related Press reported that officers stated the intelligence group was investigating whether or not the assault was linked to the suspected Russian bounty supply.

An official acquainted with the intelligence advised NBC Information that america has gathered data exhibiting that Russian operatives paid bounties for killing American troopers to the Taliban, and that members of the U.S. navy, together with Afghan civilians, died on account of assaults launched to gather these money rewards.

Arculeo stated that the potential hyperlink of the assault that killed her son to Russian bounties ought to proceed to be probed regardless of the White Home’s declare that the intelligence concerning the bounties isn’t verified.

“Completely, that needs to be investigated,” she stated.

Requested what needs to be completed whether it is decided that Russia paid a bounty for the killing of her son, Arculeo stated, “Look, that is a troublesome query.”

“On the finish of the day, my son remains to be gone. He is nonetheless not coming residence,” she stated.

White Home spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany on Monday advised reporters, “There was not a consensus among the many intelligence group” about whether or not the bounty funds have been provided.

“And, in actual fact, there have been dissenting opinions inside the intelligence group, and it will not be elevated to the president till it was verified,” McEnany stated.

Trump in a tweet Sunday wrote, “Intel simply reported to me that they didn’t discover this data credible, and subsequently didn’t report it to me or” to Vice President Mike Pence.

Democratic leaders in Congress demanded that the Trump administration temporary each the Home and the Senate on the intelligence associated to the bounties.

“The questions that come up are: was the President briefed, and if not, why not, and why was Congress not briefed,” Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stated in a letter to Director of Nationwide Intelligence John Ratcliffe and CIA chief Gina Haspel.

“Congress and the nation want solutions now,” Pelosi stated within the letter.