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An Afghan National Army cadet secures the perimeter during a Taliban capture military exercise, overseen by French and Canadian soldiers, at the Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC) on November 13, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The ANA, with approximately 195,000 soldiers is experiencing difficult times, as about a third of the Afghan army is lost each year to desertion and low re-enlistment rates, news sources report. Additional vetting has been introduced since recent attacks on Western soldiers by members of the Afghan military. Deserters offer numerous reasons for leaving before their service is over: corruption, poor food and equipment, and Taliban intimidation of their families. The Kabul Military Training Center, conducts training between 10-24 weeks to prepare recruits for service.
Four Southern California men have been arrested and charged with plotting to kill Americans overseas and join al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
An FBI complaint unsealed in U.S. district court in Riverside yesterday said that one of the men had already traveled to Afghanistan and three others were planning to join him.
KPCC's Steven Cuevas is here to tell us more.