Number of Afghans Gone AWOL in U.S. Reaches 46

http://news-updations.blogspot.comA be-on-the-lookout alert issued last month for 17 Afghan military men who walked away from the Air Force base in Texas has turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg. No fewer than 46 members of the Afghan military have been gone absent without leave from the Defense Language Institute’s English Language Center
at Lackland Air Force Base in recent years, has learned.

From a series of interviews with civilians and military personnel conducted over the course of a week, and according to documents obtained from a variety of sources, at least 18 are in Canada and one has been granted conditional U.S. residency. The most recent to disappear fled the Texas base just last Thursday, hours after his graduation ceremony.

Some of the men disappeared before completing the Defense Language Institute (DLI) program. Others graduated from DLI but vanished before their scheduled flights back to Afghanistan. Many never showed up at the U.S. military base where they were scheduled to attend the specialized formal training. A smaller percentage of the group went AWOL while attending the formal training programs.

Military and law enforcement officials say it’s not uncommon for foreign military personnel who come to the U.S. for training to get the lured in by hopes of a better life. But the number of AWOL Afghans has become a growing problem.

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