Omar Sparks Another Outrage After Resurfaced Tweet Shows She Criticized US Troops in ‘Black Hawk Down’

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) listens during a news conference on prescription drugs January 10, 2019 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Congressional Democrats held a news conference to introduce a legislative package "that would drastically reduce prescription drug prices in the United States." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is at the center of yet another controversy after an investigative report found a 2017 tweet where she appeared to criticize the role of American troops during the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia in 1993.

Early during the presidency of Bill Clinton, American forces became involved in a brief conflict after Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid attacked U.N. peacekeepers. The battle lasted 18 hours and resulted in the deaths of 18 American soldiers and hundreds of Somali people. During the battle, two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down, setting the basis for the film “Black Hawk Down.”

Following a back and forth between two Twitter users about the horrific 2017 bombings in Mogadishu that left hundreds dead, Omar joined in with another Twitter user and appeared to compare the casualties from the terrorist attack to the actions taken by “American forces” at the Battle of Mogadishu.

The tweet — which was dug up by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) — was widely criticized on social media. Many were outraged that Omar appeared to compare the actions taken by American soldiers to that of a horrific terrorist attack.

Others questioned her placement on the Foreign Affairs Committee, given her policy outlook on the mission run by Clinton during the Battle of Mogadishu.

Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant was shot down during the Battle of Mogadishu. He told IPT that Omar was wrong to place the blame for casualties on Americans instead of the warlord, saying:

“Losses taken on the Somali side came as a result of their attempts to ambush our ground convoy and flight of aircraft. Our forces, being vastly outnumbered, fought to save their own lives. All the Somali militia had to do was walk away, but they persisted.”

Durant also noted that he “takes issue” with Omar’s words because he believes the mission helped to end the suffering of some Somali people, risking American lives in the process.

“As a nation, we and our political leadership should be proud of what we did there,” Durant told IPT. “We put our most precious resource on the line to help starving people. In return, my friends’ remains and those of my comrades were dragged through the streets.”

This is not the first time Omar has been criticized for her past remarks. As IJR previously reported, Omar drew criticisms for the use of anti-Semitic tropes and flippant language about the attacks on September 11.

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Vic Stewart
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It is difficult for me to believe this woman was elected to represent anything or anyone in America. What an embarrassing disappointment she is. She should be recalled ASAP.

Screwtape
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Omar and her electorate are an anti-American enclave. Prove me wrong. Her district has contributed the greatest # of terrorist enrollees of any in the US.

They are not assimilating, continue to practice medieval torture of women like FGM, honor killings, and child marriages. This is the same self-destructive practice that’s destroyed France, Belgium, and other EU states.

Pat Warnock
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Omar is on a watchlist?

William Conley
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I mean at what point does this bitch have to pay for her words of Donald Trump said these things word for word the MSM would be having a field day even his own republicans who avidly support him would turn on him. This woman I honestly think could out right state she thinks we deserved 9/11 and she wishes more infidels died and they would give her a slap on the wrist.

David
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This time Rep. Omar is correct. It wouldn’t have happened if we weren’t in Somalia. I had contacted the George Bush WH in Dec. 1992 to oppose sending any Americans to Somalia – just setting BClinton up with an exploding cigar. – And no surprise that Somalis would attack Americans, never mind any humanitarian intention.

James
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Muslim #44 hid his disdain for America pretty well. Omar, on the other hand, doesn’t even try to hide her hatred of America. Appears she’d be much happier in Somalia. I’m positive we would be if she were to leave – say – before sunset today.

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