Ledeen: Obama Sent Emissary To Tehran in 2008 To Assure Mullahs He Was A Friend To Iranian Regime

Middle East foreign policy expert Dr. Michael Ledeen was on the Mark Levin Show,  Wednesday night to discuss Obama’s history of appeasement with Tehran. Ledeen told Levin that Obama sent former Ambassador William G. Miller to Tehran in 2008 to let the mullahs know that his regime would be a friend to the Iranian regime.

Via Gateway Pundit, Michael Ledeen wrote about Obama’s secret meetings with Tehran on August 29, 2014.

During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies. The secret channel was Ambassador William G. Miller, who served in Iran during the shah’s rule, as chief of staff for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and as ambassador to Ukraine. Ambassador Miller has confirmed to me his conversations with Iranian leaders during the 2008 campaign.

He told Levin this was no secret – he’s mentioned this many times before. But it was the first time Levin had heard it – and likely the first time most in his audience had heard it, too.

Obviously, it shouldn’t be a surprise this president (with Iranian BFF and advisor Valerie Jarrett) would do this – we saw Obama’s amenity toward the Iranian Islamic Regime manifest itself during the Green Revolution of 2009 – when when US support for the people who were protesting in the streets could have made a difference.

Many of us writing about it at the time were shocked and disgusted that instead, this president went  out for ice-cream.

See Also:

Weasel Zippers: Netanyahu Calls Out Obama During WH Visit: “I Fervently Hope” Iran Will Not Get Nukes “Under Your Leadership”…

Previously:

Iran Deal Another Historic Mistake By Obama Administration (Video)

Obama Pressures Congress To Go Easy On Iran

Charles Krauthammer On Obama’s Failed Iran Strategy

Video: Krauthammer Not Impressed With Obama’s Statement On Iran

Compare And Contrast: Obama On Iran To Reagan On Poland

An Iranian Protester Pleads For US/World Intervention

Video: Hysterical Iranian Woman Describes Horrors of Iran Massacre On CNN

WH Now Reconsidering 4th of July Invitations To Iran (UPDATED)

Megyn Kelly Interviews Whistleblower From Oklahoma Mosque That Beheader Alton Nolen Attended

A man who claims he went to the same mosque as the Oklahoma beheading suspect, discussed his experiences there on “The Kelly File,” Wednesday night. He no longer goes there, because he says it is too radical – but at the end of the show he dropped an interesting nugget after admitting that he had been back there a few times since he left –  most recently in 2011 . “The reason I was there was at the request of law enforcement – and that’s all I can say than that,” he said.

It doesn’t matter if he blew his cover – the Holder Justice Department is poised to issue a policy change banning religious profiling and the surveillance of mosques in terror probes in order to protect the religious liberties of the radical Islamists bent on world domination..

The former mosque member, going by the name, “Noor”  (he wanted to remain anonymous for obvious reasons), blew the whistle on the very radical culture at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where Alton Nolen/Yakeem Yisrael  attended. No one from the mosque agreed to speak on camera – a Fox reporter on the scene in Oklahoma City said a rep from the mosque was originally slated to speak to him, but CAIR intervened and called the interview off. (Breitbart National Security recently reported on the close working relationship between CAIR and the ISGOC.)

Citing Taqiyya -the teaching that allows Muslims to deceive outsiders – he noted that members of the mosque project a moderate image for the media – but open up about Islam’s true objectives amongst themselves.

Via Fox News Insider:

“I observed the teachings of Islam […] to the public, the mosque will not promote terrorism or any kind of radical acts, but when they’re among friends and congregants only, they will promote the true teachings of Islam, which include the offer to non-Muslims – the choice, rather – that you must convert, live under Islamic rule or be fought against,” he said.

He said he had two friends at the mosque who told him that if Osama bin Laden were to come to their doors, they would let him in and protect him.

Megyn Kelly asked: “Did the mosque talk about speaking differently in front of the media?”

“Absolutely,” he said. “When they cannot do jihad physically, they attempt to do jihad by means of stealth, by endearing themselves to the media, endearing themselves to government, endearing themselves to the American people to slowly work their way in.”

“They all believe in their religion which teaches that according to the Haddith [...] when you approach the nonbelievers you must offer them a choice to convert, pay a jiza, or poll tax, and live in submission or you will be fought against which is what you see with ISIS and al Qaeda and various other groups throughout the world,” Noor explained.

Megyn questioned how everyone at the mosque could be that radical.

He answered, “As Ayan Hirsi Ali said, herself – A Muslim will choose how much of their religion they wish to practice.”

The person who told Noor about the concept of jihad and the choices that must be offered to non Muslims, was Imam Suhaib Webb who is now the Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston - which was attended by the Tsarnaev brothers during his tenure as Imam.

He said Imam Suhaib Webb was the one who told him that he shouldn’t talk about suicide bombings in Israel (which they support) to the media, and had told him about the concept of jihad – the teaching that Islam allows three choices to be made to non Muslims and “eventually they’re all going to have to make that choice – to convert, live under Islamic rule, or die.”

Note that Nolen tried to have his co-workers convert to Islam before he returned with a knife to wage jihad.

 

SEE ALSO:

Vocativ: ISIS Supporters in America: The Jihadis Next Door?

Vocativ has found dozens of Americans around the country who openly support ISIS. And they’re all followers of a radical Michigan-based cleric.

In recent months, as ISIS began executing Western hostages and dialing up multiple threats to attack property and citizens in the U.S., Vocativ’s analysts have been using our deep web technology to uncover a potential ISIS presence in America.

Two Americans have been charged in the past month with allegedly attempting to hatch attacks against American targets on behalf of ISIS, and an Oklahoma man named Alton Nolen beheaded a co-worker last Thursday at a food distribution plant. Colleagues say Nolen had been actively trying to convert them to Islam, and his Facebook page is riddled with radical missives like “Sharia law is coming!”

Over the past few weeks, Vocativ’s analysts have been able to home in on a network of ISIS supporters in the U.S. We’ve found dozens of Americans who openly support the militant Islamic group.

In many ways, they’re just like you. They post selfies on Twitter and Facebook, share memes, hang out with friends. They talk about their favorite TV shows, movies and music. They share news about their families.

But they’re also pledging support to the brutal regime seeking to establish an Islamic caliphate across the Middle East.

Jonathan Karl And Josh Earnest Spar Over Obama’s JayVee Comment: “He Clearly Was Talking About ISIL”

We’ve all dealt with liars. We all know what it feels when someone tells a brazen lie to our face.  It’s an uncomfortable experience. Do you confront the person and risk embarrassing him, or do you let it slide? If you dislike the person – it’s not so hard to call them out. But if you like them – if they’re a friend – it is very difficult indeed. As far as the American press corps is concerned – they are much better at calling out lies (or what they perceive to be lies – usually just policy disagreements) of Republicans. It’s much harder for them to call out the lies of their Democrat friends.

That’s what the White House press corps is up against every day at the daily press briefings.

So kudos to the intrepid ABC reporter Jonathan Karl for calling Josh Earnest out on his lie about Obama not referring to ISIS (or ISIL as the WH likes to call them) when he called them JV. It must have been very uncomfortable for him.

Via Mediaite:

Karl brought up congressional testimony last November from Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk. In his statements to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee [PDF], McGurk spoke of multiple attacks ISIS had carried out last year, and explained how ISIS has been able to thrive: AQ/ISIL has benefited from a permissive operating environment due to inherent weaknesses of Iraqi security forces, poor operational tactics, and popular grievances, which remain unaddressed, among the population in Anbar and Ninewa provinces. It has also benefited from a sanctuary across the porous border in Syria, control of lucrative facilities there, such as oil wells, and regular movement of weapons and fighters between Syria and Iraq.

Karl asked, “Did this message get to the president? Did he believe it? Did he not hear it? What happened?

Earnest gave a long-winded answer attempting to absolve the the Regime of the charge of negligence, beginning with a favorite WH conceit – which is using peer pressure to shame a tough questioner – “this is something the president has discussed on a number of occasions.” (Apparently some reporters *cough* Jon Karl *cough* have been too dense to pick up on it.)

“Principally what we’re talking about here is the rapid advance of ISIL across the Iraqi desert and the success that they have had after that advance – of holding whole swaths of territory. That is not to say that the was not an acknowledgement of the risks that this organization posed…”

Karl interrupted Earnest right there and cut to the chase: “Let me stop you for a second because two months after Brett McGurk says this – the president calls ISIL the Jay-Vee team in an interview in the New Yorker….”

Earnest: (interrupting) “We’ve been through this and that’s not what – “

Karl “He was clearly talking about ISIL..”

Earnest: (interrupting) That’s not true.

Karl: “The question was specifically about what happened after ISIL took over Fallujah. The question was directly about” –

Earnest: “We can look at the transcript after the briefing – that’s not what it says.”

Okay, let’s look at the transcript from the New Yorker interview:

In the 2012 campaign, Obama spoke not only of killing Osama bin Laden; he also said that Al Qaeda had been “decimated.” I pointed out that the flag of Al Qaeda (ISIS) is now flying in Falluja, in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria; Al Qaeda has asserted a presence in parts of Africa, too.

“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said, resorting to an uncharacteristically flip analogy. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.

“Let’s just keep in mind, Falluja is a profoundly conservative Sunni city in a country that, independent of anything we do, is deeply divided along sectarian lines. And how we think about terrorism has to be defined and specific enough that it doesn’t lead us to think that any horrible actions that take place around the world that are motivated in part by an extremist Islamic ideology are a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into.”

Obama knew exactly who  they were and what they were doing. *Anyone who was paying attention, last year,  knew they were a threat to humanity – and was appalled by the genocide they were visiting upon Christians and ethnic minorities in Syria. We wondered why the United States was doing nothing to stop it.

All those people died because Obama didn’t want to upset his base by “meddling” in “sectarian violence.” As if the wholesale death and destruction (mass-murders, beheadings, crucifixions) the insane murder cult ISIS was leaving in its wake –  could be described as “sectarian violence.” When the violence inevitably spilled over into large swaths of Iraq, Obama was forced to change his tune.

“Keep in mind I wasn’t specifically referring to [Islamic State],” Obama told Chuck Todd many months later on Meet the Press.

Even David Remnick, who did the interview with Obama and wrote the New Yorker profile, said, “I’m afraid this is spin; it’s disingenuous,” he said on CNN’s AC360.

At the time of the New Yorker interview, ISIL had recently seized Fallujah, as Remnick remembers: “It seemed to me, looking back on it, that yes, he murderswas referring to the group that had taken over Fallujah. I specifically said Fallujah, and that’s who it was, and he’s fully informed.”

“I think this denial is putting spin on the ball,” Remnick said. “I thought this piece of language, and his communication in general on foreign policy in recent months has been rather, and surprisingly, lax and out of key.”

The Washington Post and PolitiFact have both rated the Obama administration’s claim as false.

And you know for the factcheckers to rate this president’s claims as false, they have to be egregious – demonstrably false lies that can no longer stand up to any scrutiny.

Commentary‘s Pete Wehner  eviscerated the claim, calling it “demonstrably untrue.”

The problem is in this whole process the president of the United States is distorting the truth. He’s doing so willfully. But this deception will not only fail; it will further undermine his credibility, which is already at a low ebb. As Mr. Obama said in 2008, “I mean, words mean something. You can’t just make stuff up.”

Mr. Obama is at war with reality, and reality is winning.

Finally -After six years of daily beatings – reality is finally winning a few here and there.

SEE ALSO:

The Daily Beast: Why Obama Can’t Say His Spies Underestimated ISIS

* Previous posts on terrorism in Syria:

Analysis of Rocket Used in Syria Chemical Attack Shows “Administration Narrative Not Even Close To Reality”

 Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?

30 Bodies of Christians Massacred By Syrian Rebels, Last Month Found In Mass Grave

“Scandalous”: Israel Fuming About WH Leak Confirming Their Strike on Syria

Why Was An Al Qaeda Commander Photographed Inside a USAID Tent? (Video)

More Tales Of Woe From The Christians Of Maaloula Syria

Obama Waives Federal Law That Prevents Arming of Terrorists So He Can Arm The Syrian Rebels

Grief Stricken Christian Woman in Syria Lashes Out: ‘We Blame Obama!…He Is Helping The Rebels’…

Maaloula: The battle for Syria’s ancient Christian Village continues (Video)

Syrian Rebels Infested With ‘Muslim Brotherhood-Type Islamists and Al Qaeda Fighters

Video: Tearful Christian Woman Terrorized Out Of Her Syrian Village Begs Obama To Stop Arming The Rebel Jihadists

Iranians Warned U.S. That Syrian Rebels Had Chemical Weapons Over a Year Ago…

Hostage Released From Syrian Prison Says he Overheard Rebel Captors Admitting Insurgents Used The Chemical Weapons (Video)

Justin Amash: Obama “Embellished” Syria Information – Says Briefings Have Made Him “More Skeptical” (Video)

Video: Senator McCain Gets An Earful From Passionate Syrian Woman At Town Hall

Obama’s Smoking Gun Proof That Assad Was Behind Chemical Weapons Attack Was Doctored?

Putin Throws Down: How About Showing Us Some Convincing Proof Syrian Regime Used Chemical Weapons?

Post Holiday Weekend Link-Around: Will Congress Authorize ‘Operation Don’t Make Obama Look Bad’?

Jeanine Pirro On Radical Islam: “It’s Us Against Them”

Judge Jeanine Pirro opened her show, Saturday night with a solid opening statement addressing the recent beheading in Oklahoma.

The judge really knows how to cut to the chase. Noting the Muslim assailant’s link to a  radical cleric with ties to  Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, Pirro declared, “until we put the fear of God in them, they are going to keep coming.”

We can’t negotiate with them. We can’t trade with them. We can’t let them out of Guantanamo. In fact. Even Guantanamo is too good for them. And I don’t personally care what the rest of the world thinks of us. Until we get this country back on track with out military superiority – the hallmark of a strong and a free nation – then our enemies will continue to attack us.

She continued, it’s time for Americans to realize it’s us against them – to come together as a nation – to forget the political lines that separate us. We have to start treating these cases as war crimes – not simple prosecutable felonies.”

FBI Probing Whether Oklahoma Beheading Linked To Islam (Video) WITH UPDATES

Qur’an 47:4: “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…”

It begins…

OKLAHOMA WOMAN BEHEADED BY MAN WHO TRIED TO ‘CONVERT CO-WORKERS TO ISLAM’

…a woman at an Oklahoma food-processing plant was beheaded by a co-worker who had “recently started trying to convert colleagues to Islam.”

The attack occurred Thursday in Moore, Oklahoma. Alton Nolen, the 30 year-old suspect, was shot and stopped by the company’s Chief Operating Officer, a reserve deputy who happened to be armed.

The victim was 54-year-old Colleen Hufford.

The FBI is now on the case trying to determine whether this is an example of workplace violence as typified by your garden variety disgruntled ex-employee going “postal”,  or workplace violence more on the order of the Fort Hood shooting, where Nidal Malik Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar!” as he opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Center, killing 13 people and wounding 29 others.  Earlier this month, he reached out to ISIS in an attempt to  join them from prison.

Via Fox News:

The alleged suspect, Alton Nolen, 30, was recently fired from Vaughan Foods in Moore prior to Thursday’s attack.

Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis told KFOR that Nolen drove to the front of the business and struck a vehicle before walking inside. He then attacked Colleen Hufford, 54, stabbing her several times before severing her head. He also stabbed another woman at the plant, 43-year-old Traci Johnson.

Lewis said Mark Vaughan, the company’s chief operating officer and a reserve county deputy, shot Nolen as he was stabbing Johnson, who remains hospitalized in stable condition Friday.“He’s a hero in this situation,” Lewis told the station. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”Nolen was apparently attacking employees at random, authorities said. The motive for the attack is unclear, but FBI officials are now reportedly probing whether Nolen’s recent conversion to Islam is somehow linked to the crime.

I need not remind you of the plot that was foiled last week in Australia: Australia Raids Foil Beheading Plots:

 Australian counterterrorism forces detained 15 people Thursday in a series of suburban raids after receiving intelligence that the Islamic State militant group was planning public beheadings in two Australian cities to demonstrate its reach.

Luckily, Aussie intelligence picked on the plot before it could be realized –  “800 federal and state police officers raided more than a dozen properties across 12 Sydney suburbs as part of the operation — the largest in Australian history.”

And earlier this week, a spokesman for the Islamic murder cult ISIS, called on Muslims living in the West to kill civilians.

In a 42 minute recorded speech, Abu Muhammad Adnani “both taunted and threatened the U.S.-led coalition combating the Islamic State.”

The speech called on Muslims in the West to kill civilians in so-called lone wolf operations planned and executed by a single person.
“Do not ask for anyone’s advice and do not seek anyone’s verdict,” Adnani said. “Kill the infidel, whether he is civilian or military.”
I’m going to go out on a limb and say this beheading in Oklahoma is linked to Islam.
UPDATE:

Late Night Links: Reactions To Obama’s UN Speech

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Joseph Curl, Washington Times: Obama’s breathtaking naivete at the United Nations:

Of course he waxed poetic about “climate change” and the promise of “the children,” but the president was forced to devote the bulk of his speech to what he called the “heart of darkness” and the “cancer of violent extremism.”
He said upon opening his remarks that “the shadow of world war that existed at the founding of this institution has been lifted.” He couldn’t be more wrong. A true man of peace worthy of the Nobel Prize, Pope Francis, said just the opposite this month in remarkably astute comments to commemorate the anniversary of World War I.

“Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction,” the pope said, summing up the conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Gaza and much of northern Africa, including Libya and Tunisia, not to mention Somalia.

To Mr. Obama, there’s no global conflict of ideology, just “pervasive unease in our world.” To him, the strife is merely the “failure of our international system to keep pace with an interconnected world.” And to him, “it is one of the tasks of all great religions to accommodate devout faith with a modern, multicultural world.”

Breitbart: Obama at the UN: Don’t Blame ISIS:

In what could have been a seminal wartime address to the nations of the world at the UN today, instead of rallying the West and her regional allies against the barbarity of the Global Jihadist Movement, President Obamachose to reinforce the administration narrative that America’s deadly enemies are a product of local injustices.
Since 2008, the Obama administration has promoted the argument that what we face in the guise of Al Qaeda, or ISIS, or any other part of the global Jihadi coalition, is simply “Violent Extremism” that grows out of “local grievances.”

This is Beltway speak for an academic idea called Social Movement Theory. (If you want the full history behind this idea and who pitched it to the White House, here is a piece on its origins).

In short, this view sees the violence of jihadi groups against Christians, Yazidis, or even fellow Muslims, as a reaction to the injustice endemic in their societies. Years of oppression by Saddam, Maliki, or the Assad family will inevitably lead to religious genocide and mass slaughter when circumstances allow (e.g. after US forces leave Iraq).

Ben Shapiro, Breitbart: Obama Defends Islam, Smacks Israel at UN:

Obama laid out a four-pronged plan for fighting terrorism.
First, he said that ISIL had to be “degraded, and ultimately destroyed.” And once again, he emphasized that ISIL was not Islamic, and once again, he ruled out utilizing American troops.

Second, Obama said that Muslim communities had to “explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject the ideology of al Qaeda and ISIL.” In the process, he praised Islam as part of a family of religions that “accommodate devout faith with a modern, multicultural world,” and added that “All religions have been attacked by extremists from within at some point, and all people of faith have a responsibility to lift up the value at the heart of all religion: do unto thy neighbor as you would have done unto you.”

His solution: talking about how ISIL and al Qaeda and Boko Haram are bad. Obama’s faith in words is absolutely unshakeable, as he made clear: “The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed, confronted, and refuted in the light of day.” Hilariously, Obama explained that the UN Security Council would pass a resolution about combating “violent extremism,” but refused to explain what steps would actually be taken to do so, instead putting that discussion off for “next year.”

Third, Obama stated, sectarian conflict must end. How? Obama didn’t say. But he did pooh-pooh Muslim sectarian conflict as the religious norm:
There is nothing new about wars within religions. Christianity endured centuries of vicious sectarian conflict. Today, it is violence within Muslim communities that has become the source of so much human misery. It is time to acknowledge the destruction wrought by proxy wars and terror campaigns between Sunni and Shia across the Middle East. And it is time that political, civic and religious leaders reject sectarian strife. Let’s be clear: this is a fight that no one is winning.

Flipping through his trusty rhetorical playbook, Obama neglected any realistic solution to these sectarian conflicts, but did come up with this hackneyed chestnut:

Cynics may argue that such an outcome can never come to pass. But there is no other way for this madness to end – whether one year from now or ten. Indeed, it’s time for a broader negotiation in which major powers address their differences directly, honestly, and peacefully across the table from one another, rather than through gun-wielding proxies. I can promise you America will remain engaged in the region, and we are prepared to engage in that effort.

Fourth, Obama proposed, Arab and Muslim countries had to focus on “the extraordinary potential of their people – especially the youth.” He said that young Muslims “come from a great tradition that stands for education, not ignorance; innovation, not destruction; the dignity of life, not murder. Those who call you away from this path are betraying this tradition, not defending it.” That is the same message Obama and his minions have been braying for years at this point. No one, apparently, is listening.

And then Obama dropped the other shoe. After spending fifteen minutes blabbering about the glories and wonders of Islam, even as he decried extremism and sectarianism, Obama proceeded to blame Israel for conflict in the Middle East…

NRO: Will: Obama’s UN Address a ‘Pastiche of His Golden Oldies’

Twitchy: ‘Are you kidding me?’ Obama invokes Ferguson, Mo. in speech to UN about ‘violent extremism’:

Yours truly featured:

Obama Apologizes For America During Un General Assembly Address Dick Cheney Hannity:

NRO: Krauthammer’s Take: Obama’s UN Address ‘The Weakest Statement Ever Issued on Iran and Nukes’

Breitbart: Obama Forbids FBI to Use Religion in Identifying Terror Threats, as ISIS Recruits Openly in U.S. Mosques

Wherever the bad guys have been caught and prosecuted successfully, you will find Emerson working quietly behind the scenes as an invaluable ally of the FBI and Homeland Security. Because he accepts no money from the government, Emerson has been free of the diktats of the Obama administration that have forbidden the FBI to train their sights on Muslim terrorists. (That means The Investigative Project needs yourhelp to continue its work.)

In the words of U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra, Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:

The Investigative Project on Terrorism is critical to our nation’s security. There is no other non-governmental group that has better intelligence or data on the threat to the United States and our allies. Making do with a bare bones budget, the IPT is a national treasure whose influence and achievements are unparalleled. our FBI agents, they could not combat the Islamists in our midst without Steven Emerson. Oliver “Buck” Revell, former head of FBI Investigations and Counter-Terrorism, said as much in these words: “The Investigative Project has been one of the most important sources of accurate and timely information on the real goals and objectives of the wide spread and powerful Islamist movement.”

The FBI turns to Emerson to find out what is happening. So does AT. This is what Emerson told us:

Isis is Al Qaeda 3.0. They are already in the United States and the only reason there has not been a terror attack is that they have not decided to do it yet.

There is no palette cleanser. Just the truth – and it isn’t pretty. But it’s the antidote for all the mealy mouthed mush Obama keeps uttering about Islam.

Why We Are Afraid: A 1400 Year Secret, by Dr Bill Warner:

 

Three Afghan Military Officers Reported Missing in US -UPDATE – Found Them

Three senior military officers from Afghanistan have been reported missing from Camp Edwards Joint Base in Cape Cod. The soldiers were at there to participate in Regional Cooperation 2014, a 7-10 day training exercise that has been “held annually since 2004, includes five different nations and has more than 200 participants.”

Via CBS Boston:

The soldiers were last seen at Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis and were reported missing by base security on Saturday night. The three soldiers are MAJ Jan Mohammad Arash, CPT Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and CPT Noorullah Aminyar.

Central Command, Massachusetts State Police and local police are involved in the search for the soldiers.

The Massachusetts National Guard are saying that the  officers pose no threat to the public, but the fact that they’ve gone AWOL is more than a little concerning.

Insider attacks –  Afghanis  turning against coalition troops – have been an ongoing nightmare for NATO’s International Security Assistance Forces.

In August, a man believed to be an Afghan soldier killed U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene and shot several others at a military training facility in Kabul.

Sometimes the perps are Islamic militants disguised as Afghan security forces, but most are actual Afghan soldiers or police officers who have turned against the coalition.

Boston.com reports that “earlier this month, two Afghan police officers who were training with the DEA vanished while on a trip to Washington. The police officers were located and will be returning to Afghanistan.”

There are 200 people from six nations participating in the exercise, including 15 officers and senior enlisted personnel from Afghanistan. The annual exercise is held by US Central Command.

“Not all 200 people are locked down on base,” Sahady told Boston.com. At some points during their stay, participants are cleared to leave for dinner or to participate in activities off base without restrictions, he said.

The three men were last seen at a Cape Cod mall in Hyannis, Saturday night.

 UPDATE:

Breitbart National Security: FIVE AFGHAN NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICERS WHO VANISHED WHILE TRAINING IN US LOCATED

On Monday, they were taken into custody after attempting to cross the border into Canada.

***

On September 19, ABC7 News (WJLA-TV) revealed that the two Afghan policemen, who had been missing in the D.C. area for about a week, had been found. They were identified as Mohammad Yasin Ataye and Mohd Gnawed Samimi, and were part of a group of 31 Afghan nationals who were participating in a DEA drug trafficking training program at Quantico, Virginia. They vanished while sightseeing in Georgetown under the supervision of the DEA.

The DEA told ABC7 News that the pair decided to leave because they did not want to return to their home country. They were sent back to Afghanistan, along with the other 31 Afghans.

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