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Missing Afghan airmen’s visas revoked; search continues

Missing Afghan airmen’s visas revoked; search continues

Dec 17, 2015 - 10:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The search for two Afghan Air Force (AAF) students, attending s training course in the Georgia state of America, entered a second week, a media report said on Wednesday..

Assigned to the 81st Fighter Squadron, visas for the trainees -- identified as Mirwais Kohistani and Shirzad Rohullah –have been cancelled. They did not report for duty on Monday (9 days ago) at Moody Air Force Base.

The two men have been in the United States since February learning how to maintain fighter planes so they could replace American soldiers in their country.

According to 11Alive News,an aggressive search for the airmen continues. But investigators said they did not any threat to the public since they were vetted by several government agencies.

Authorities have been searching for the trainees around the clock. “Bottom line -- these individuals are in the country out of status and it's our job to find them," saidBryan Cox, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security's Atlanta field office.

He said the Department of Immigration and Custom Enforcement, which operates under Homeland Security, took the lead once the visas were scrapped. They are following up on numerous tips.

"In today's worldinfo-icon we all leave electronic finger prints, physical finger prints," Cox said. Adding: "Wherever these individuals are, it's only a matter of time before they leave a trail and tip us off."

The men rented a car from the Valdosta Regional Airport, whose manager confirmed investigators were there and seized hours of surveillance video.

The students have trained alongside American counterparts for the entirety of 2015. Their disappearance could even put the men's families at risk of being attacked. The pair, nominated by the Afghan air force, were vetted first by the US Naval Air Training Command, before they were issued visas.

Last year, three Afghan military officers, who failed to return to the Joint Base Cape Cod, were taken into custody while trying to cross into Canada and subsequently sent back to Afghanistaninfo-icon.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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