Status of 32 Afghan cadets missing in US determined
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thirty of the Afghan military trainees, deserting their training in the United States, have determined their status, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday.
Peter Cook told a news briefing of the more than 40 cadets, who have been missing in the US over the last two years or so, 32 were accounted for.
In a transcript on the Defense Department website, Cook said every effort was being made to determine where the missing individuals were going and what the reasons were.
“In some cases they've gone home. In some cases there have been efforts -- as I understand it -- to go to Canada. Some have sought to legally remain in the United States,” he added.
There is a formal process of notifying the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Immigration Enforcement and the Afghan government of the disappearing trainees.
Cook added: “There are a range of steps that are taken in each and every case to try and determine the status of those individuals. “I believe 32 we've been able to determine their status.”
One of those eight who vanished in September was detained by Canadian police while attempting to cross the US-Canada border, Cmdr. Patrick Evans told CNN Thursday.
The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for tracking them down once they are reported missing. The 32 have either been deported, arrested, crossed an international border or applied for immigration benefits.
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