Numerous Iraqi military and law-enforcement officials brought to the U.S. as part of special intelligence and training programs have run away and are seeking asylum in this country or disappeared altogether, The Washington Times has learned.\
Intelligence officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, say nearly a dozen Iraqis fled military training facilities in the U.S., including a brigadier general who went to Canada with his family earlier this year.\
Army officials yesterday confirmed that five Iraqi military personnel whom the Army had been training disappeared between 2005 and 2007. They did not know how many other Iraqis sponsored by the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy may have done the same… .\
Defense officials said the Iraqis’ backgrounds are checked by the State Department before they are accepted into the program.
Seriously, if you were from Iraq and here for training, you wouldn’t go AWOL? In my mind, sweeping floors at the nearest Taco Bell is probably better than going back to pretty much anything in [Iraq].”