Ilhan Omar Under Fire for Blasting American 'Black Hawk Down' Heroes
Controversial Democratic exaggerated death toll figures for Battle of Mogadishu
Controversial Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has come under fire yet again, as old tweets have resurfaced in which she expresses disdain for US Troops who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu and allegedly exaggerates the death toll of Somalis that died in the conflict, according to reports.
Omar made the remarks in 2017 in a Twitter response to a post referencing the 18 US service members that were killed, with 73 more injured, during the 1993 military operation that inspired the film “Black Hawk Down.”
The radical Minnesota lawmaker claimed that "thousands of Somalis" died in the Battle of Mogadishu — though most reputable sources put the contested body count much lower, according to a report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
The Battle of Mogadishu, or Day of the Rangers, was part of Operation Gothic Serpent and was fought on 3–4 October 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia, between forces of the United States and Somali militiamen loyal to the self-proclaimed president-to-be Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
The historic battle was triggered when Somali militia and armed civilian fighters shot down two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters shortly after a smaller operation began.
The subsequent operation to secure and recover the crews of both helicopters extended the initial operation into an overnight standoff and daylight rescue operation on 4 October.
The battle resulted in 18 deaths, 73 wounded and one helicopter pilot captured among the U.S. raid party and rescue forces.
The Somali National Alliance (SNA) claims 315 Somalis were killed, with 812 wounded.
The reemergence of the tweets has prompted widespread outrage from Somalia-born Omar's critics.
Sean Davis, the founder of The Federalist, blasted the congresswoman as "pro-terrorist" and "anti-American" over her remarks.
In case you needed more evidence that @IlhanMN is a pro-terrorist, anti-Semitic, anti-American piece of garbage, she also attacked the American heroes of Black Hawk Down, called them “Satan,” and sided with Somali terrorists who killed 8 Americans. https://t.co/iYY8dDmyi1— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) April 22, 2019
According to the New York Post, 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.
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,” Navy physician and American Islamic Forum for Democracy president Zuhdi Jasser told the outlet.
Ilhan 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.