First, Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) outraged U.S. veterans by demonizing the military for its role in the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” incident, in which Americans died fighting to protect her people.
Now, Omar is doubling down on her efforts to blame U.S. troops for her country’s troubles.
At a House panel hearing on Thursday, Omar claimed that a rise in drone strikes against an al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, al-Shabaab, has inspired an increase in terrorist attacks.
“There is sort of a direct correlation between our droning, and the increase of their assaults,” Omar said.
“And their recruitment seems to increase because of some of the civilian casualties that take place.”
The Global Terrorism Index reported a recent significant rise in terrorism-related deaths in Somalia; however, the Mogadishu-based Hiraal Institute indicated that the airstrikes have led to “fewer” attacks by al-Shabaab.
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