Where are the missing Afghan Soldiers that went AWOL in the United States?
In our post 9/11 America having trained foreign killers loose in our country can be nerve-racking. So much of this story is unsettling even without the potential threat of terror attacks from within.
These Afghan soldiers were brought to America to receive proper military training but an alarming amount of the men went missing once in the country. While most of the men were found a handful still remain at large. Another concern is the amount of money allocated to this ‘program’ by the Obama administrations. A sum of $60 billion dollars was previously poured into this projects that essentially left us with well-trained soldiers from a nation that the Taliban still controls the majority of. If that isn’t alarming I don’t know what is.
We don’t know if these men pose a threat to Americans but it isn’t something we should just ignore as the media has seen fit to do.
As Originally Reported by Idrees Ali with Reuters:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Forty-four Afghan troops visiting the United States for military training have gone missing in less than two years, presumably in an effort to live and work illegally in America, Pentagon officials said.
Although the number of disappearances is relatively small — some 2,200 Afghan troops have received military training in the United States since 2007 — the incidents raise questions about security and screening procedures for the programs.
They are also potentially embarrassing for U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, which has spent billions of dollars training Afghan troops as Washington seeks to extricate itself from the costly, 15-year-old war. The disclosure could fuel criticism by supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has accused the Obama administration of failing to properly vet immigrants from Muslim-majority countries and has pledged a much tougher stance if he wins.
While other foreign troops on U.S. military training visits have sometimes run away, a U.S. defense official said that the frequency of Afghan troops going missing was concerning and “out of the ordinary.”
Since September alone, eight Afghan troops have left military bases without authorization, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump told Reuters. He said the total number of Afghan troops who have gone missing since January 2015 is 44, a number that has not previously been disclosed.
“The Defense Department is assessing ways to strengthen eligibility criteria for training in ways that will reduce the likelihood”…