A Muslim Congressman repeatedly convicted of anti-Semitic remarks draws new criticism for attacking the US military on her actions a quarter of a century ago in her homeland of Somalia.
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar wrote in a 2017 tweet that American soldiers & # 39; thousands & # 39; Somalis killed in the first Battle of Mogadishu, the 1993 event described in the book and the movie & # 39; Black Hawk Down & # 39 ;.
The highest published Somali death toll is the UN estimate of 500. Many were civilians involved in a militia battle to kill or capture a handful of US soldiers after two assault helicopters were shot in the capital of Somalia.
Mohammed Farah Aidid, the Somali warlord who was the target of America in 1993, claimed that 315 people were killed and another 812 wounded. The International Committee of the Red Cross later called that estimate plausible & # 39; plausible & # 39 ;.
Omar & # 39; s spokesperson did not respond Tuesday to requests for information she had about the estimates of higher wages.
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar falsely complained in 2017 that the US armed forces & # 39; thousands & # 39; of her fellow Somali countrymen killed in a 1993 battle in Mogadishu
The first Battle of Mogadishu was recorded in a 2001 blockbuster film that told how a warlord's forces shot down a few American Army Blackhawk attack helicopters and swarmed over the survivors, leading to a firefight that left hundreds of dead
Omar cast a conservative voter in 2017 when she was struggling to characterize a more recent Islamic terrorist attack in the Somali capital as the & # 39; worst & # 39; ever in her home country
An Islamic terror attack struck Mogadishu 24 years later, killing 587 and injuring another 316. In the early aftermath, then-US. Senator Al Franken tweeted the & # 39; devastating news & # 39; that it claimed & # 39; the lives of at least 230; the worst attack in the history of the country. & # 39;
General Mohammad Farah Aidid was one of the warlords suspected of stealing food and financial aid in the early 1990s; US Army Rangers and Delta Forces were hunting the fugitive and his lieutenants on the day of the fight
A businessman from Minnesota responded at the time that & # 39;[a]The worst terrorist attack in Somalia's history was the Battle of Mogadishu – nineteen US armed forces and 73 wounded. & # 39;
The anonymous tweeter wrote on Tuesday that he wanted to state that it was & # 39; the worst in the sense that it was American troops on a humanitarian mission. Any decent American citizen would agree with my feeling. & # 39;
But on that day in 2017, Ron Harris, the Midwestern Caucus chairman of the Democratic National Committee, fired back: & # 39; & # 39; All lives are important & # 39; even though 230 is more than 10 times 19, & # 39; he tweeted.
That brought Omar, then a representative of the state of Minnesota, into a fight.
& # 39; In his selective memory, he also forgets to mention the thousands of Somalis who were killed by US forces that day! & # 39; Omar tweeted and added the hashtag & # 39; #NotTodaySatan. & # 39;
The terrorism research project came to light.
A group of American Rangers, like this one, pictured in the door of a Blackhawk helicopter, died on October 3-4, 1993
The original tweeter that triggered the controversy wrote on Tuesday that he believed the 1993 fight was the worst in terms of moral imports in Somalia, not in terms of the accident rates, because & # 39; it was American troops on a humanitarian mission & # 39;
A crowd of Somalis was depicted in the streets of Mogadishu when the body of an American soldier murdered on October 3 was dragged through the streets
Somalis posed in Mogadishu Street on October 4, 1993, with what they claimed to be the remains of an American soldier
Militants dragged the body of an American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu, shocking Americans and put intense pressure on the then president Bill Clinton
Few Americans knew much about the 17-hour fight in the Madina Bazaar neighborhood of Mogadishu in 1993 to & # 39; Black Hawk Down & # 39; ended up in cinemas in 2001.
It told the story of a planned 90-minute mission to capture top Aidid lieutenants and the 17-hour ordeal that took place after a few Blackhawk helicopters were shot.
The bodies of two American pilots were dragged through the city like trophies. Another retired Chief Warrant Officer, Mike Durant, was detained for 11 days in Aidid's prison.
Durant told IPT that & # 39;[l]oxes taken on the Somali side came as a result of their attempts to ambush our ground convoy and the flight of planes. Our forces, who were enormously in the minority, fought to save their own lives. All Somali militias only had to run away, but they persisted. & # 39;
A Somali national alliance commander known only as & # 39; Captain Haad & # 39; PBS Frontline told in 1998 that & # 39; the exact number of militia people who died on that day is 133, but he said that the dead civilians & # 39; were almost uncountable, because the place where the fire took place was a of the busiest sectors of Mogadishu and people did not even take cover. & # 39;
Omar has been regularly accused of anti-Semitism since taking office in January and has recently upset conservatives by describing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as an episode in which & # 39; some people did something & # 39 ;.
US soldiers were photographed on July 9, 1993 in Mogadishu, during the UN peacekeeping mission to restore order to the East African nation
Haad later told & # 39; Black Hawk Down & # 39; author Mark Bowden that the total number of Somali deaths, including militia members and civilians, was around 500.
The battle today is only known in Somalia as & # 39; Ma-alinti Rangers & # 39 ;, the Day of the Rangers. In the fog of gunfire and rocket grenades, American special operators fired at the masses of civilians and Somali militia members who landed on the ground.
Eventually Pakistani and other troops came to the rescue and ended the biggest firefight with American soldiers since the end of the Vietnam war.
But the aftermath shook President Bill Clinton's new government and tarnished the UN peacekeeping force in a war-torn African country.
It also ended the career of US Secretary of Defense Les Aspin, even when Clinton ordered thousands more troops to Somalia.
Less than six months later, all American troops had withdrawn. The UN withdrew their last troops in 1995 and formally ended the search for Aidid.
The humanitarian mission focused on preventing the hunger of Somali citizens by preventing warring parties from stealing food and financial support from Western nations.
The wreck of a jeep burned down Mogadishu Street on October 3, 1993, after being destroyed by a remotely operated bomb, injuring three American soldiers as part of the battle fueled by the downing of a few American attack helicopters
Photos taken on Mogadishu streets on October 4, 1993 include some where children posed with mutilated remains of American soldiers
& # 39; I am particularly offended as an American and as a Muslim that no-one holds her accountable for these radical views that our soldiers really consider the problem rather than the solution & # 39 ;, told the US Islamic Forum for Democracy, President Zuhdi Jasser , to IPT.
Omar criticized comments this month at a recent meeting of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on the experiences of American Muslims following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
& # 39; We have lived far too long with the danger of being a second-class citizen, and to be honest, I am tired of it. And every Muslim in this country would be tired of it & # 39 ;, she said in her speech in March.
& # 39; CAIR was established after 9/11 because they acknowledged that some people were doing something and that we were all starting to lose access to our civil liberties. & # 39;
President Donald Trump later tweeted a clipped version of her words, disguising her as reducing the deadliest terrorist attack in US history as an event where & # 39; some people did something & # 39 ;.