Thursday, June 17, 2010

Afghan Military Inside US Goes AWOL: 17 Afghans Somewhere in the U.S.

I found this at Chicago Ray's. What an appalling report. In my first reading, I thought 17 Afghan soldiers attending Lackland Air Force Base's English Language school went AWOL - fleeing into the heart of America. Then I read that the 17 disappeared over a period of two years. but here's the good news: non have disappeared over the last three months. That likely means at least one disappeared four months ago. See an update below.

Lackland AFB - Defense Language Institute

The men were issued a DOD Common Access Card, an identification card used to gain access to secure military installations, with which they "could attempt to enter DOD installations...."

Don't be concerned, though. There's a lot of action behind the scenes, but I note nothing is said about checking strip joints and liquor stores from coast to coast.

Some rabid mosques may have been checked, but that isn't mentioned either. The good news is, the visas for the 17 have been revoked  - or, at least, most of them - they're really not sure about that. The escapees are now entered into a database and a flyer has been sent out to state and local law enforcement with the photos of each man and their birth dates.

A "senior" DOD official said he had no knowledge of the 17 AWOL men (incredible):
...this is not the first time foreign trainees have gone missing, and said some cases in the past have turned out to be more of an immigration concern than a national security threat.
So when did the search for these men begin? Or has it?

Here's how it works: "The FBI and the NCIS did not respond to requests for comment. A Department of Homeland Security spokesman referred FoxNews to the FBI." It's a circus out there. "They" are the clowns and we are assigned to the peanut gallery. Read Chicago Ray's thought on this mess.

Update 6-18-10:
Fox is reporting that 7 of the men are in Canada, and they know of 4 in the U.S. The belief is that there is no terrorism associated with them. See the names of missing men below.

"When a DLI student goes missing," Emery said, "officials report the incident to the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as the sponsoring service branch. Invitational Travel Orders, passports, driver licenses, and airline tickets are revoked in order to hamper travel opportunities for the missing students." 
We might ask if any children of these men have born in the U.S. And another question: of those in the program and not AWOL - have they fathered any anchor children while here?

The following 17 Afghan military members have gone AWOL from an Air Force base in Texas and are being sought in a nationwide alert in the U.S.
Abdul Ghani Barakzai, born 8/8/1977
Mohd Ali Karimi, born 9/3/1982
Mohammad Nasim Fateh Zada, born 12/4/1966
Aminullah Sangarwal, born 8/27/1982
Mohd Ahmadi, born 5/5/1978
Ahad Abdulahad, born 5/5/1984
Sayed Qadir Shah Habiby, born 5/7/1985
Javed Aryan a.k.a. Aryan Javed, born 1/1/1987
Mirwais Qassmi, born 4/24/1974
Barsat Noorani, born 6/3/1981
Atiqullah Habibi, two dates of birth are listed on the alert: 6/2/1982 and 7/2/1982
Ahmad Sameer Samar, born 5/2/1983
Mohamed Fahim Faqier, born 6/1/1987
Obaiddullah Abrahimy, born 8/1/1979
Sayed Nasir Hashimi, born 4/5/1972
Shawali Kakar, born 12/31/1979
Khan Padshah Amiri, born 4/1/1978

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