Family members of one of the three US Marines killed in an attack in Afghanistan have called for an official investigation.
The roadside bomb attack in 2019 received renewed scrutiny following reports that officials were investigating whether it may have been secretly funded by a Russian military intelligence unit.
Erik Hendriks, the father of Cpl. Robert Hendriks, told Newsday that “the pain is indescribable” from the allegations.
“It certainly is going to reopen a wound,” Hendriks said. “It makes it sound like [Robert’s death] was avoidable but so many of these kids have been killed over there.”
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Family members of one of the three US Marines killed in an attack in Afghanistan have called for an official investigation, following reports that intelligence officials were investigating whether the attack may have been secretly funded by a Russian military intelligence unit.

On April 8, 2019, three Marines from the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division were killed after a roadside bomb detonated during a military convoy near Bagram Airfield, a major base in Afghanistan.

The three Marines included Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman of Delaware, Cpl. Robert Hendriks of New York, and Sgt. Benjamin Hines of Pennsylvania. The Marines deployed in October 2018 and at least two were scheduled to come back to the US in less than two weeks.

The attack has received renewed scrutiny after reports that a Russian military intelligence unit had secretly paid Taliban-linked militants for bounties on NATO troops — including Americans. US officials discovered information about the bounties through interrogations of militants and criminals, according to The New York Times, which also reported that US officials discovered secret payments from Russia to the Taliban.

According to The Times, the US intelligence investigation partly concentrated on the April bombing. Some officials reportedly maintained that the intelligence was …read more

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