Seventeen Afghani military officers disappear from Air Force base in Texas

Although the story is quite interesting, this could just be 17 guys who realized the United States was a nice place to settle down, or on the flip side it could be a more nefarious plot. That said, I know the first place we should look for them.

Say it aloud with me readers … Sanctuary Cities.

The federal government dispatch requested law enforcement to detain the Afghanis and contact the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office, the FBI or NCIS if they happen to run into them.

But what about the local police departments who are banned from asking about immigration status? Not only that, there are city ordinances that ban law enforcement from notifying immigration officials they have arrested illegal aliens unless they have committed a felony or are wanted for a felony.

So, my question to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the other sanctuary city leaders. (As a reminder, Newsom pushed for the city to provide municipal IDs to illegal aliens last year, not sure if they started doing it.)

If you happen to run into these guys, will you detain and report to ICE?

Remember, these were just legal residents who happened to walk away from their job and are now undocumented workers. They have yet to commit a felony or even a misdemeanor that I know of. They are simply AWOL as far as the government is concerned.

From Fox News

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, has learned. …

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.”

Pamela Gellar at Atlas Shrugs provides the list of names, pulled from another Fox News release.

The following 17 Afghan military members have gone AWOL from an Air Force base in Texas and are being sought in a nationwide alert in the U.S.

  • Abdul Ghani Barakzai, born 8/8/1977
  • Mohd Ali Karimi, born 9/3/1982
  • Mohammad Nasim Fateh Zada, born 12/4/1966
  • Aminullah Sangarwal, born 8/27/1982
  • Mohd Ahmadi, born 5/5/1978
  • Ahad Abdulahad, born 5/5/1984
  • Sayed Qadir Shah Habiby, born 5/7/1985
  • Javed Aryan a.k.a. Aryan Javed, born 1/1/1987
  • Mirwais Qassmi, born 4/24/1974
  • Barsat Noorani, born 6/3/1981
  • Atiqullah Habibi, two dates of birth are listed on the alert: 6/2/1982 and 7/2/1982
  • Ahmad Sameer Samar, born 5/2/1983
  • Mohamed Fahim Faqier, born 6/1/1987
  • Obaiddullah Abrahimy, born 8/1/1979
  • Sayed Nasir Hashimi, born 4/5/1972
  • Shawali Kakar, born 12/31/1979
  • Khan Padshah Amiri, born 4/1/1978

[I could not figure out an appropriate image for this story, so … you get a jumping great white shark. Read into it what you’d like.]

12 replies
  1. phil
    phil says:

    “They disappeared over the course of the last two years…….. And we've just figures it out????  Dark  in there, isn't it?

  2. GdavidH
    GdavidH says:

    Training to become pilots???? Learning to speak English???? From an Islamic state????

    Oh… I get it. This sounds oddly familiar

  3. JollyRoger
    JollyRoger says:

    Every day I see proof positive that Big Government is all screwed up!  So it amazes me the auto-erotic fixation the left and the media have with government and political figures.  This country would be so much better off if half of the voters weren't running around with their heads in the clouds- or other places.

  4. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    You know that Øbama's "gang that couldn't shoot straight" is in trouble when even hard core lefties are attacking their competence.


    Is it still incompetence when they refuse to go find these guys?

  5. Mariaisa
    Mariaisa says:

    Really our government really needs to communicate with each other? Are all 17 really unaccounted for? I think fact I know not…one of the individuals is my husband…maybe they should check their immigration detention centers….that is were they detain Muslims for no reason…oh yeah the reason is because he had the audacity to fall in love with an Christian American citizen.

      • Steve McGough
        Steve McGough says:

        So, he was invited to train with our military and after a year he decided he did not want to do it anymore, skipped out on the rest of his training and married you? Was he – at any time – AWOL from his training? If so, that is totally unacceptable and he should be deported immediately.

      • Mariaisa
        Mariaisa says:

        Mr. McGough,

        No sir we married while he was in training. I do not the know the circumstances of the others so I cannot speak for them only for my husband.  Our story is long and complicated and no one can understand the tremendous suffering our family has gone through…no one.  I would never wish upon anyone this unbelieveable pain and then to have your husband's photo and name circulated around the nation and treated like a terrorist because he is from Afghanistan when they do not know the real story is even more devastating. My husband and his family have dedicated 10 years of service to Afghanistan and to the U.S. military and have sacrificed more than one family should ever have to sacrifice for two countries.  My husband sir is a hero and nothing less.  Once again unless you have walked in our shoes you would never understand.  My husband does not deserve to die because he fell in love with an American Chrisitan and thats exactly what will happen if they deport him. And if they do deport him I would never let my husband to go and face death alone.

      • Steve McGough
        Steve McGough says:

        Asking one more time. At any time, was he considered AWOL from his training while here in the United States? There are legal means to be able to live and stay in the United States, does it take a long time … certainly does. Can the process be improved? Certainly can. That said, if your husband is currently in the country legally fine … you got screwed by the federal government … welcome to the club. But by not answering my question as to if he was AWOL or here at any time illegally … that tells me something.

    • Mariaisa
      Mariaisa says:

      It tells you nothing….we were definitely screwed…he was not AWOL…he was legal the entire time.

      • Steve McGough
        Steve McGough says:

        OK, was your husband the one of 17 who became a permanent resident of the US? This is a blog and I certainly do not have the time to update every post on this site, but here is additional information

        "Military officials eventually determined the whereabouts of seven of 17 Afghan military officers and enlistees. Two fled to Canada, one became a permanent resident of the United States, and four were arrested. The other 10 were still at large.

        Over the past two years, 298 Afghans have completed the English Language Training for Afghans program."

        The originally reported 17 "left" their assignment over a two year period up through last week. Did you apply for his permanent residency during his training? Did he complete his training? Was he here training with the expectation he would be going back to Afghanistan to support the coalition efforts there? How long did it take for him to get his green card? Normally, I understand it is two years.

        If you prefer to send an e-mail with this information, including his name, I'll remove his name from the list I posted. That said, if he got his green card in an unusually short time, I'm going to question how you did that since I have two close friends that got married to Americans and went through a very long, drawn out, expensive and invasive process to get their green cards.

        Last comment … what about the other 10 and the two who fled to Canada?</div>


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