The U.S. government has intercepted data about Russian GRU (military intelligence, - 112 International) wiring money to accounts related to the Taliban movement in Afghanistan. The New York Times reported that, citing three anonymous sources.
The outlet called this story a proof of Russian military intelligence secretly offering militants reward for killing the military of the international coalition in this country, particularly, American soldiers.
"Though the United States has accused Russia of providing general support to the Taliban before, analysts concluded from other intelligence that the transfers were most likely part of a bounty program that detainees described during interrogations. Investigators also identified by name numerous Afghans in a network linked to the suspected Russian operation, the officials said — including, two of them added, a man believed to have served as an intermediary for distributing some of the funds and who is now thought to be in Russia," NYT wrote.
In February 2020, the U.S. and the Taliban signed a peace deal, which is supposed to end the 18-years-long war in Afghanistan. The document foresees the withdrawal of all American troops from this country.