07.01.20

Following Briefing, Peters Presses for Answers from Administration on Russia Reportedly Paying Bounties for Lives of U.S. Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) released the following statement regarding the reports that Russia paid bounties to Taliban militants for the lives of U.S. and allied servicemembers, following a Senate Armed Services Committee briefing today:

“As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, my top priority is ensuring servicemembers have the support they need to safely carry out their missions and return home,” said Peters, a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. “I expect our Commander-in-Chief to do everything possible to keep our servicemembers safe and hold those who do them harm accountable. Following extremely alarming reports that Russia paid bounties to Taliban militants to carry out attacks and kill coalition and American troops in Afghanistan, we must pursue the facts.

“Given the gravity of the reports and after a briefing that left many unanswered questions, it is clear that we need to hear directly from top intelligence and Administration officials on what they knew and when they knew it." 

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