Three Afghan soldiers missing from
Massachusetts training exercise
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[September 22, 2014]
Sept 21 (Reuters) - Three
Afghanistan National Army soldiers have been reported missing from a
joint military training exercise taking place in Cape Cod,
Massachusetts, officials said on Sunday.
The officers were reported missing from U.S. Central Command's
Regional Cooperation exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod late on
Saturday by base security, said Massachusetts National Guard
spokesman Lieutenant Colonel James Sahady.
The three soldiers, Major Jan Mohammad Arash, Captain Mohammad Nasir
Askarzada and Captain Noorullah Aminyar, were last seen at a nearby
mall and were not considered a threat to the public, Sahady said.
"They were sent here to participate in this exercise. There's no
reason we have to believe that they are any threat," Sahady said,
adding that they did not have access to weapons as part of the
Base authorities, state, and police were involved in the search for
the missing soldiers on Sunday, Sahady said.
The annual event is a way to foster better cooperation and military
readiness between participating countries and has been running since
2004. Roughly 200 soldiers from six nations, including 15 from
Afghanistan, were participating in this year's exercise, Sahady
The week-long exercise is scheduled to end on Wednesday.
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CBS News reported on Friday that two Afghan policemen were found
after going missing from a separate training exercise held by the
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Quantico, Virginia.
((Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Robert
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