Rep. Yvette Herrell: “This is yet another tragic failure in the vetting process for Afghan nationals”
Earlier this week, Mary reported that Two Afghan Refugees Face Federal Charges for Alleged Spouse Abuse, Sex Act With Child at Fort McCoy. And now we are learning that a female soldier was allegedly sexually assaulted by several Afghan refugees at Fort Bliss.
NEW: The FBI confirms to @FoxNews they’ve launched an investigation into the alleged assault of a female U.S. military service member by several male Afghan evacuees being housed at Fort Bliss. Counseling & services have been provided to her. https://t.co/YOHr2sjKzB
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 24, 2021
The FBI has opened an investigation into the assault of a female solider by several male Afghan refugees at the US Army’s Fort Bliss base, in New Mexico.
The alleged assault took place on Sunday, at around midnight, when at least three men allegedly attacked the soldier near her car after she arrived for work at the Dona Ana Complex, which had been accepting refugees airlifted out of Afghanistan are housed, ABC 7 reports.
‘We can confirm a female service member supporting Operation Allies Welcome reported being assaulted on September 19 by a small group of male evacuees ,’ said Lt. Col. Allie Payne, director of Public Affairs for Fort Bliss and the 1st Armored Division.
. . . . The female soldier has not been identified.
The solider has received medical care and counseling following the assault. She was reported to have recovered from her physical injuries.
. . . . There are nearly 10,000 refugees being housed at the base, USA Today reported.
Special Agent Jeanette Harper, of the FBI’s El Paso division, confirmed that the agency was investigating the matter.
US Rep. Yvette Herrell, who represents the area, called the news a vetting failure, Fox reports.
‘My prayers are with the courageous soldier and her family. This is yet another tragic failure in the vetting process for Afghan nationals,’ Herrell tweeted. ‘The American people deserve answers.’
The Army is apparently, if belatedly, taking steps to guard against this kind of heinous assault on our military members.
Officials at Fort Bliss confirmed the report of the assault to Fox News.
“We can confirm a female service member supporting Operation Allies Welcome reported being assaulted on Sept. 19 by a small group of male evacuees at the Doña Ana Complex in New Mexico,” the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Public Affairs said in an emailed statement. “We take the allegation seriously and appropriately referred the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The safety and well-being of our service members, as well as all of those on our installations, is paramount.”
The statement added that counseling and support has been provided to the service member.
“Task Force-Bliss is also implementing additional security measures to include increased health and safety patrols, additional lighting, and enforcement of the buddy system at the Dona Ana Complex,” the statement continued. “We will cooperate fully with the FBI and will continue to ensure the service member reporting this assault is fully supported.”
You know what would put a stop this? Letting our soldiers carry and use their weapons to defend themselves. But as that’s not likely, particularly with Biden and Milley in charge, more lights, extra patrols, and a buddy system will have to do. Until next time.
Needless to say, people are outraged.
Now this is horrific. https://t.co/u9ZMp4GRHq
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) September 24, 2021
Joe Biden made a decision to shove tens of thousands people on planes to make it look like his botched evacuation was going well. The truth is he had no idea who he brought to the US. That's why I led a letter today demanding accountability and answers. https://t.co/sTVqysGFla
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 24, 2021
PART 2: Remember when Jen Psaki told us "I can absolutely assure you that no one is coming into the United States of America who has not been through a thorough screening and background check process."?
Well, about that… https://t.co/eYY1xDAFPA
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) September 24, 2021
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