The 1993 Battle of Mogadishu has profound meaning with American special forces who fought to bring Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid to justice.
Aidid had attacked United Nations troops supplying aide to the improvished nation of Somalia, in the midst of a famine that had claimed 300,000 lives.
An operation to capture two of Aidid’s lieutenants turned into a night-long firefight after Somali insurgents shot down two Black Hawk helicopters.
In the end, 19 American servicemen died. A further 73 were wounded. Up to 1,000 militiamen were killed. An estimated 200 civilians fell – either in the crossfire or after attacking U.S. troops.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has a very different take on what happened on 3-4 October 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia. (The Daily Caller)
“In his selective memory, he forgets to also mention the thousands of Somalis killed by the American forces that day! #NotTodaySatan,” Omar wrote in a tweet in October 2017, uncovered Monday by John Rossomando of the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
Omar was responding to another tweet about the Battle of Mogadishu, a 1993 humanitarian operation by the U.S. military that sought to save starving Somalis by preventing food and aid from being captured by enemy combatants. The battle ultimately took the lives of 19 American soldiers and wounded 73 others, and it became the subject of the famous Hollywood movie “Black Hawk Down.”
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 16, 2017
Omar’s claim that “thousands of Somalis” were killed by American forces during that battle is wildly false by most expert’s estimations.
Captain Haad, a representative of the Somali National Alliance, said during a 2001 interview that 133 Somali militiamen died battling U.S. Delta Force soldiers and rangers, according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism. Mark Bowden, the author of “Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War,” estimated that 500 Somalis died. More liberal estimations put the death toll near 1,000.
Omar also forgets that by conservative estimates, about 100,000 lives were saved from death by starvation as a result of international assistance – protected by U.S. troops.