We have been advised by the Biden administration that our surrender and evacuation of Afghanistan is a world-historic success. We know that’s not true, but we have yet to assess the the catastrophe in its multifarious dimensions.
For example, we have yet to get a handle on the 120,000 Afghans included with some 6,000 American citizens in the airlift out of Kabul. AP diplomatic correspondent Matt Lee gives us a glimpse of coming attractions in “Afghan evacuation raises concerns about child trafficking.” Here is the whole thing:
U.S. officials are looking into reports that in the frantic evacuation of desperate Afghans from Kabul, older men were admitted together with young girls they claimed as “brides” or otherwise sexually abused.
U.S. officials at intake centers in the United Arab Emirates and in Wisconsin have identified numerous incidents in which Afghan girls have been presented to authorities as the “wives” of much older men. While child marriage is not uncommon in Afghanistan, the U.S. has strict policies against human trafficking that include prosecutions for offenders and sanctions for countries that don’t crack down on it.
One internal document seen by The Associated Press says the State Department has sought “urgent guidance” from other agencies after purported child brides were brought to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin. Another document, described to the AP by officials familiar with it, says Afghan girls at a transit site in Abu Dhabi have alleged they have been raped by older men they were forced to marry in order to escape Afghanistan.
The State Department had no immediate comment on the documents or the veracity of the details in them. Officials say that they take all such allegations seriously but that many of them are anecdotal and difficult to prove, particularly amid the crush of Afghan evacuees at multiple locations in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.
An Aug. 27 situation report sent to all U.S. embassies and consulates abroad as well as military command centers in Florida points to potential issues involving young girls and older men, some of whom claim to have more than one wife at Fort McCoy, a sprawling 60,000-acre (243-square-kilometer) Army base in Wisconsin. Relevant portions of the document, titled “Afghanistan Task Force SitRep No. 63,” were obtained by the AP.
“Intake staff at Fort McCoy reported multiple cases of minor females who presented as ‘married’ to adult Afghan men, as well as polygamous families,” the document says. “Department of State has requested urgent guidance.”
There was no immediate indication from the military or from the departments of homeland security and health and human services, which run the facility, that such guidance had been received.
At the same time, U.S. officials in the United Arab Emirates have expressed similar concerns, sending a diplomatic cable to Washington warning that some young Afghan girls had been forced into marriages in order to escape Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.
Officials familiar with the cable say it describes allegations by several girls at the Humanitarian City in Abu Dhabi that they had been sexually assaulted by their “husbands” and seeks guidance on how to handle such cases. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal communications.
Rep. Tom Tiffany represents Wisconsin’s Seventh Congressional District, within which sits Fort McCoy. Two weeks ago he paid a visit to check it out for himself. Rep. Tiffany discussed his visit with Tucker Carlson in the August 31 segment below — not a Special Immigrant Visa holder in sight. FOX News followed up with this story on the Tiffany segment.
Quotable quote (Rep. Tiffany): “They [the Afghans] were all there on parole. The parole authority is granted to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and he can just waive people in…People could leave the base…without the authority of the general that is overseeing Fort McCoy.”