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Above 100 Afghans sent to US for training disappeared

Above 100 Afghans sent to US for training disappeared

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Aug 08, 2017 - 18:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): More than 100 Afghans sent to the US for training and other purposes have not returned back to Afghanistaninfo-icon, reliable sources claimed on Tuesday.

The Afghans had been sent to the US for higher educationinfo-icon, military training and others purposes but most of them sought refuge in the US and Canada.

A Washington-based Afghan, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News that around 150 Afghans remained in the US and Canada since 2015.

He said these people had come to the US for training and education but some stayed in the US and others in Canada.

Bashir Safi, a US-based Afghan, wrote on his social media account that most of the Afghans who came to the US on scholarships and for military and other type of training did not return back to Afghanistan.

They included military officers, university teachers, civil servants and civil societyinfo-icon activists, he said, adding some of them had migrated to Canada and others had requested US citizenship.

He claimed among these individuals, two were two-star generals. He said most of the military officers had disappeared from military camp in Georgia State and Gorge Marshal Training Camp.

Ahmad Shah Katawazai, Defence Attache at the Afghan Embassy in the US acknowledged some Afghan officers did not return back to Afghanistan and stayed in the US.

“Unfortunately, it is true. We are taking this issue very seriously. We are in constant communication with different US departments and Afghans under training to mitigate the risk of staying in the US or leaving to Canada and encourage them to return back to their home country.”

“In addition, we recently agreed with some US departments, particularly the air force, to arrange their visits to different bases to meet students and US authorities.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence (MoD)’s spokesman, Maj. Gen. Dawlat Waziri also admitted some Afghans stayed in the US and didn’t return home country.

Waziri didn’t have exact figures of the Afghans who disappeared in America, but said the return of whoever attending military training in America was guaranteed.

Gen. Waziri added the ministry was going to call the sureties of the Afghans, who didn’t return back to Afghanistan, to reimburse the amount of money spent on them.

According to him, the MoD had taken in hand needed measures for preventing such incidents in the future.

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