Afghan Uniform Police and soldiers from the U.S. Army 4th Brigade Combat Team provide 360-degree security outside a compound during training at National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, California, U.S. on September 18, 2011. © Austin Pritchard / U.S. Army / Reuters
Reuters: Exclusive: Dozens of Afghan troops AWOL from military training in U.S.
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.
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WNU Editor: When I read these stories like this one I always say the same thing .... if they are not willing to fight for their country, why should we. As to this case .... it looks like these desertions were coordinated.
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