America’s lax immigration policies have become a repeated theme during this year’s heated election – including the government’s inability to properly vet or track immigrants prior to entry. But there is another story which most mainstream media has failed to report – the government’s further inability to properly vet or track visiting service members attending some of our nation’s highest level training programs.
America has a long history of providing training to members of allied military forces – including members of the Afghan Army following many years of fighting side by side against the Taliban. The Marine Corps Infantry School, Army Ranger School and even many of the Defense Department’s most advanced intelligence training programs have all hosted visiting Afghan soldiers. Unfortunately, as exciting as these courses may appear, they apparently did not have the ability to hold the attendee’s attention long enough to prevent an unknown number of foreign students from going AWOL. According to a recent Reuters report “dozens of Afghan troops” have disappeared from U.S. sponsored training programs, resulting in trained military personnel from a foreign service freely roaming the nation without monitoring.
Of course, the Department of Defense has down played the incidents – stating a total of 44 Afghan nationals have disappeared since 2015. However, DOD officials also acknowledge this trend is both “concerning” and “out of the ordinary.” No one has explained why these Afghan soldiers decided to skip town , but the DOD has suggested it is nothing more than their being overwhelmed by the flash, glitter and possibilities the USA has to offer compared to the poverty and low morale they experienced in the Afghan Army. If this is true, then these 44 cases in little over 1 year could be nothing more than a bump in the road. However, no one can provide any definitive proof as to my they went AWOL because, except for a few caught trying to illegally sneak into Canada, all are still missing. With them go their motives, any information concerning a pre-planned measure designed to insert foreign fighters inside America’s borders, as well as any training or intelligence they may have gained while attending US military training programs.
Once again the Department of Defense claims there is no reason to worry; each foreign soldier was properly vetted prior to admittance into any DOD program. So, the same government which admits it is impossible to properly vet Syrian immigrants now claims to have done just that when it comes to visiting Afghan troops? How is that possible? The Afghan Army is known to be riddled with Taliban supporters, the government records are spotty at best and having unit support seems to be the most reliable information available. If the vetting process is so complete, how is it that 44 out of just over 2000 visiting students have jumped ship?
Regardless of their motivation or vetting, the DOD still maintains there is no danger as none of the missing soldiers have been in any way tied to any criminal activities whatsoever. This is very reassuring unless you consider being AWOL, traveling without authorization in defiance of both US law and Afghan Army orders or attempting to sneak across the Canadian border to be illegal.
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