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Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command, also told a small group of reporters while traveling to the region that he was not convinced that the Russian bounty program was directly responsible for the deaths of US personnel.
"The intelligence wasn't proved to me. It was proved enough to worry me. It wasn't proved enough that I'd take it to a court of law. That's often true in battlefield intelligence," McKenzie said, according to a transcript provided by the Defense Department
McKenzie said Tuesday, "I'm very familiar with this material, and I'm a theater commander and I've had an opportunity to look at it. I found it very worrisome."
"I just didn't find that there was a causative link there. It worried me, and we take extreme force protection measures all the time in Afghanistan," McKenzie said.
Holiday Deaths (2018 data)
July 4th-392 Deaths (39% alcohol related)
Labor Day-403 Deaths (36% alcohol related)
Memorial Day-397 Deaths (40% alcohol related)
New Years-297 Deaths (48% alcohol related)
Thanksgiving-431 Deaths (40% alcohol related)
Christmas-259 Deaths (37% alcohol related)
There have been 399 homicides in Chicago in 2020.