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Critics blast Ilhan Omar over old ‘Black Hawk Down' tweet


Added 04-23-19 03:18:02am EST - “Freshman US Rep. Ilhan Omar came under fire once again on Monday for allegedly exaggerating the number of Somalis killed during the 1993 military operation that inspired the film "Black Hawk Down,"?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Critics blast Ilhan Omar over old ‘Black Hawk Down’ tweet”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Freshman US Rep. Ilhan Omar came under fire once again on Monday for allegedly exaggerating the number of Somalis killed during the 1993 military operation that inspired the film “Black Hawk Down,” according to a report.

The controversial Minnesota lawmaker claimed that “thousands” died in the Battle of Mogadishu — though most reputable sources put the contested body count much lower, according a report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Omar made the claim in a 2017 Twitter thread about terror attacks in Somalia when she wrote the tweet, which the Project dug up Monday.

“In his selective memory, he forgets to also mention the thousands of Somalis killed by the American forces that day! #NotTodaySatan,” Omar wrote in response to a Twitter user’s lament that 19 US service members were killed and 73 injured in the battle.

Estimates on how many Somalis were killed in the fighting vary, with some as low as 133 and others closer to 1,000 — but none as high as “thousands,” Fox News reported.

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