JULY 20, 2010
In a story that the U.S. government has worked hard to keep quiet, a major news organization reveals that numerous Afghan soldiers attending English classes at a Texas Air Force base have disappeared with the help of their Mexican girlfriends.
The young men, all members of the Afghan military, were participating in a special exchange program at Lackland Air Force Base in
Some of the deserters are believed to be in Canada and others have vanished to unknown locations, according to authorities quoted in the piece. Most of the Afghans disappeared with the help of Mexican girlfriends they met at local bars, many of them illegal immigrants. The ring of abettors is affectionately referred to as “Big Mexican Women” by their Afghan boyfriends.
Embarrassed U.S. officials clearly prefer to keep this from going public. The Department of Defense has deferred all inquiries to the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is supposedly the lead agency responsible for the AWOL Afghans. ICE, in turn, claims that all inquiries should go the Defense Department. For its part, the FBI says that is has “an interest in locating these individuals.”
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