The mom of a Marine killed last year in Afghanistan said Monday that she wants a radical investigation of reviews that her son and two different Marines could have been the targets of Taliban-linked fighters who collected a bounty on U.S. soldiers offered by a Russian military intelligence unit.

Felicia Arculeo, whose son Cpl. Robert Hendriks died in the April 8, 2019, assault, additionally instructed CNBC “that the parties who are responsible should be held accountable, if that’s even possible.”

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

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

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

Other information retailers, together with NBC News, have confirmed that there’s intelligence backing up the claim {that a} Russian unit provided bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

“I just happened to randomly see” the information in regards to the report, Arculeo stated.

“I got pretty upset.”

Her 25-year-old son, Hendriks, and the opposite two Marines, Sgt. Benjamin Hines, 31, and 43-year-old Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, have been killed by a automobile bomb close to Bagram Air Field. 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 dwelling from Afghanistan.

On Sunday, The Associated 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 accustomed to the intelligence instructed NBC News that the United States has gathered info displaying that Russian operatives paid bounties for killing American soldiers to the Taliban, and that members of the U.S. army, together with Afghan civilians, died in consequence 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 House’s claim that the intelligence in regards to the bounties will not be verified.

“Absolutely, that should be investigated,” she stated.

Asked what must be finished whether it is decided that Russia paid a bounty for the killing of her son, Arculeo stated, “Look, that’s a tough question.”

“At the end of the day, my son is still gone. He’s still not coming home,” she stated.

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany on Monday instructed reporters, “There was not a consensus among the intelligence community” about whether or not the bounty funds have been provided.

“And, in fact, there were dissenting opinions within the intelligence community, and it would not be elevated to the president until it was verified,” McEnany stated.

Trump in a tweet Sunday wrote, “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or” to Vice President Mike Pence.

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

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

“Congress and the country need answers now,” Pelosi stated in the letter.