CAPE COD, MA, September 22, 2014 – On Saturday, three Afghan National Army soldiers disappeared from their training base in Massachusetts, they were last seen at a Cape Cod mall in Hyannis.
The three missing soldiers, Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Cpt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Cpt. Noorullah Aminyar, arrived in the United States on September 11th of this year and were originally housed at Joint Base Cape Cod for Exercise Regional Cooperation.
The Regional Cooperation exercises have been held annually since 2004 for the purposes of promoting cooperation among forces. Troops from six nations are participating in this year’s event, which wraps on Wednesday, including roughly a dozen Afghan soldiers who are still participating.
All of the troops were subjected to thorough background checks before being allowed into the country. The missing men are not thought to be a threat to the public.
This is the second time this month that Afghan security trainees have gone missing in the United States. Earlier in September, two Afghan police officers training with the DEA disappeared during a tourist trip to Georgetown, but were quickly found and deported by authorities. The men reportedly wandered off because they decided they wanted to remain in the United States.
The three latest deserters were reported missing late Saturday evening by base security. State authorities were notified an hour after the men were reported missing.