7 Afghan Military Students AWOL from U.S. Posts

ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) – Seven Afghan military students in four states, including Missouri, have been absent without leave since earlier this month.

U.S. Navy Defense Press Operations commander Patrick Evans says four students left their posts without leave over Labor Day weekend. Two of the students were at Fort Benning in Georgia, while one was at Fort Lee in Virginia and the other in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Three more students — two at Fort Leonard Wood, and one at Fort Gordon, Georgia — were discovered missing the weekend of Sept. 17.

Evans says most Afghan military students in the U.S. finish their training and return to their country, but officials have in the past uncovered some students’ plans to go AWOL.

Officials have not said whether they believe the absences are connected.

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