Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: Alert Issued for 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base
Posted on 06/17/2010 3:59:12 PM PDT by TaraP
A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from a Texas Air Force base where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots are taught English, FoxNews.com has learned.
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.]," issued by Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Dallas, and obtained by FoxNews.com.
The Afghans were attending the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The DLI program teaches English to military pilot candidates and other air force prospects from foreign countries allied with the U.S.
"I can confirm that 17 have gone missing from the Defense Language Institute," said Gary Emery, Chief of Public Affairs, 37th Training Wing, at Lackland AFB. "They disappeared over the course of the last two years, and none in the last three months."
Each Afghan was issued a Department of Defense Common Access Card, an identification card used to gain access to secure military installations, with which they "could attempt to enter DOD installations," according to the bulletin. Base security officers were encouraged to disseminate the bulletin to their personnel.
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You used the “T” word!
“This probably deserves Breaking News.”
Yeah - back in 2008!
Maybe they’re driving cabs in New York.
If is was some white schlub that beat his wife we would have photos.
17 over two years? Sounds like these guys wanted to blend in and enjoy the good life. Would you look forward to returning to a war-torn nation which will probably be overrun by the Taliban in the not too distant future?
Names are posted at the link - two birth dates given for one of the mopes. This is so strange.
Mostly all young guys too. That raises an even redder flag.
Is there a Hooters restaurant near that base?
I didn’t read that far until after I made the suggestion. Apologies.
There is a hooters near EVERY base
Back to the Poppy farms.
I guess they stopped looking for them.....
Or mineral deposits.
Oh no - not you! This IS just now in the “breaking news”. I’m thinking that the Air Force may have considered putting the word out sooner!
The first question that has to be asked is:
Could these men have been trained just as well in, oh, I don’t know, Afghanistan or something?
Let’s teach them English and give them pilot training.
I’m sure BO/BS has been training well to be part of his civilian force when the time comes to suppress Americans.
Didn't it occur to ANYBODY that AWOL foreign nationals with CAC cards are a risk, BEFORE 17 went missing?
Anyway, it should also be a concern when someone has two birthdays:
Atiqullah Habibi, two dates of birth are listed on the alert: 6/2/1982 and 7/2/1982
Maybe one day is on his Hawaii certificate and the other is on his Kenyan BC.
Perhaps someone should look there.... young pilots.... beer and women.... seems logical.
Yah... these guys were pilots. Presumably smart, and probably from the upper class of Afghanistan, such as it is. I doubt they’d be Taliban or sleepers though it’s always possible. I’m thinking these guys got a taste of what it’s like to live in America... and quickly decided they’d just rather *not* return to that fourth-world hellhole.