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 which strongly supports Donald Trump reported.
Critics — including veterans involved in the battle — pounced on the congresswoman, who is a Somali refugee and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
“Our forces, being vastly outnumbered, fought to save their own lives. All the Somali militia had to do was walk away, but they persisted,” retired Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant, who was shot down in Mogadishu on Oct. 3, 1993 and held captive by a Somali militia, told the Investigative Project.
“I’m particularly offended as an American and as a Muslim that nobody is holding her accountable for these radical views that really view our soldiers as the problem rather than the solution,” an American told the outlet.
Omar has sparked controversy with a number of her statements in her first months as a congresswoman, including saying American supporters of Israel have to pledge allegiance to the country and saying a pro-Israel lobbying group is “all about the Benjamins.”
Most recently, Omar described the 9/11 terror attack as “some people did something,” prompting a large backlash from conservatives.
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