The FBI is looking into reports that Afghan evacuees assaulted a US service man.
According to US military sources, the FBI has opened an investigation into an alleged assault on a female US service member by multiple male Afghan evacuees at a New Mexico refugee camp.
The 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss said in a statement to The Hill and KTSM-TV in El Paso, Texas, that the military member reported she was assaulted Sunday at the Doa Ana Complex. The Doa Ana Complex is located in New Mexico, while Fort Bliss is located in both Texas and New Mexico.
The division stated, “We take the accusation seriously and have appropriately submitted the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” “Our service members’ safety and well-being, as well as the safety and well-being of everyone on our installations, is important.
“We gave the military member with prompt care, counseling, and support. More security measures at the Doa Ana Complex are being implemented by Task Force-Bliss, including greater health and safety patrols, additional illumination, and enforcement of the buddy system.”
After being airlifted out of Kabul after the Taliban’s takeover of the country in August, tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees have been accommodated at temporary military camps in the United States. The coup occurred as the US began to remove all of its forces from the country nearly 20 years after going to war there.
Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-New Mexico, whose congressional district includes the Doa Ana Complex, slammed the Biden administration’s handling of Afghan evacuees as well as the assault claim.
She wrote, “My prayers are with the brave soldier and her family.” “Another sad failure in the vetting procedure for Afghan nationals has occurred. The citizens of the United States of America are entitled to answers.”
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