Report: More than 150 Afghan officers training in America have gone AWOL

American Thinker

By Rick Moran

 

According to a report from the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, 152 soldiers from the Afghan army who had been selected for special training in the United States have gone AWOL while on U.S. soil.

Fox News:

According to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, 13 of the 152 who had gone AWOL were still at large as of March 7 of this year. Seventy of the 152 had fled the United States; 39 gained legal status in the U.S.; and 27 were arrested, removed or in the process of being removed from the U.S. Three no longer were AWOL or returned to their training base in the U.S.

“There are so many problems here, it’s hard to know where to start,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement. “This is bad for national security, bad for Afghan military readiness, and bad for U.S. taxpayers.”

AWOL Afghans are considered a security risk in the U.S. because they have military training and are of fighting age, and relatively few are ever arrested or detained.