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Afghan Soldiers Go Missing in Cape Cod; Police Say They Pose No Threat

By    |   Monday, 22 Sep 2014 10:18 AM

Three Afghan soldiers went missing in Cape Cod during a training exercise over the weekend, and police and military officials are scrambling to find any clues that will help bring the men back.

There were no details to report on the search, Lt. Col. James Sahady of the Massachusetts National Guard told The Associated Press Monday.

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U.S. military officials said the Afghanistan National Army officers had been participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod. They arrived at Camp Edwards on Sept. 11 and were last seen Saturday at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis, an off day for the program.

The soldiers were reporting missing by base security personnel on Saturday night. They were identified as Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar.

The Afghan the soldiers pose no threat to the public, military officials said.

The Regional Cooperation training exercises have been held annually since 2004 to promote cooperation and interoperability among forces, build functional capacity, practice peacekeeping operations, and enhance readiness.

This year's exercise, which involves more than 200 participants from six nations including the U.S., wraps up Wednesday. There are about a dozen more Afghan soldiers still participating in the exercise. Military officials from Tajikistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia are also participants.

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Three Afghan soldiers went missing in Cape Cod during a training exercise over the weekend, and police and military officials are scrambling to find any clues that will help bring the men back.
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