Saturday, June 19, 2010
ALERT! Afghani military AWOL in Texas
A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghanistan military who have gone AWOL (Absent With Out Leave) from an air Force base in Texas, where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots can learn English.
Fox News reports that, “the Afghan officers and enlisted men have security badges that give them access to secure U.S. defense installations, according to the lookout bulletin, ‘Afghan Military Deserters in CONUS (Continental U.S.) written by Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Dallas and obtained by Fox News.com”
On Wednesday night, “the Be-on-the-Lookout (BOLO) bulletin was distributed to local and federal law enforcement officials.”
The Afghan troops were attending the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Military pilot candidates and other Air force prospects from foreign nations allied with the U.S. are taught English at the DLI program.
Gary Emery, Chief of Public Affairs, 37th Training Wing, at Lackland AFB, said, “I can confirm that 17 have gone missing from the Defense Language Institute. They disappeared over the course of the last two years, and none in the last three months.”
According to Fox, “the most recent Afghan to disappear from Lackland was First Lt. Javed Aryan, who went AWOL in January 2010, Emery told FoxNew.com. The others listed in the NCIS report disappeared at various times last year.”
Apparently, the Air Force waited months and years, before alerting the public that at least 17 Afghan troops may be prowling the streets of America, perhaps to determine how to properly conduct another terrorist mission for al-Qaeda and Osama bin-Laden.
UPDATE: Seven of the AWOL Afghanis have been caught - ten are still missing.
Posted by Steve Douglass at 1:34 PM