A resurfaced tweet from Rep. Ilhan Omar saw the Minnesota Democrat claimed that during the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” mission, U.S. forces killed “thousands” of Somalis – despite numerous analysts concluding that the number was much smaller.
In the October 2017 tweet discovered by journalist John Rossomando, Omar responded to a Twitter user who pointed out that more than a dozen U.S. soldiers were killed and another 73 were wounded in the Mogadishu Battle, claiming it was the “worst terrorist attack in the history of Somalia,” according to Fox News.
Omar, a Somali refugee who was a representative of the Minnesota state at the time, refuted the tweet, insisting that American forces killed “thousands” of Somalis.
“In his selective memory, he forgets to also mention the thousands of Somalis killed by the American forces that day,” Omar tweeted.
She also included the hashtag, “NotTodaySatan.”
There is widespread dispute over the number of Somali victims in the Battle of Mogadishu. A Somali National Alliance representative estimated that during an interview in 2001, only 133 militiamen were killed while author Mark Bowden, “Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War,” estimated that about 500 Somalis were killed. As also noted by the Terrorism Investigative Project, the Rand Corporation reported that approximately 300 civilians were killed while others estimated almost 1,000.
“Black Hawk Down,” or the Mogadishu Battle of 1993, was a well-known brutal U.S. military operation. Special Joint Operations. During the raid, which was eventually shown in the eponymous Hollywood film, American soldiers showed tremendous courage and heroism.
But maybe Rep. Omar could be conflicted in retrospect evaluating Black Hawk Down. One is forced to wonder if Omar believes that the U.S. military is made up of war criminals, rather than upright heroes, according to Daily Wire.
This was just the freshman congresswoman’s latest controversy. Omar was condemned for various tweets considered anti-Semitic by congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
More recently, she took heat for a line in a speech she gave to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). She said, in her defense of the organization, that CAIR was founded after Sept. 11, 2001, “because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” CAIR formed in 1994.
Critics said she insulted the victims of the terrorist attacks with her line “some people did something.”