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Rand Paul offers to buy Ilhan Omar a ticket to Somalia so she will 'appreciate America more'

Rand Paul offers to buy Ilhan Omar a ticket to Somalia so she will 'appreciate America more'Republican Senator Rand Paul said he would offer to buy Congresswoman Ilhan Omar a ticket to Somalia so she will "appreciate America more".His remarks echoed Donald Trump's racist statement that the Ms Omar and three other congresswomen of colour should "go back" to the "totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."Mr Paul made the remarks in an interview with Breitbart News at the Turning Point USA conference in Washington last week. Mr Trump's tweets earlier this month about the four congresswomen of colour, known as "the squad" prompted the House of Representatives to pass a resolution condemning his remarks. Three of the congresswomen were born in the United States, while Ms Omar is a naturalised US citizen who was born in Somalia.Mr Paul defended the US president's comments, saying of Ms Omar, "I'm sort of dumbfounded how unappreciative she is of our country". "While I'm not saying we forcibly send her anywhere, I'm willing to contribute to buy her a ticket to go visit Somalia, and I think she could look and maybe learn a little bit about the disaster that is Somalia – that has no capitalism, has no God-given rights guaranteed in a constitution, and has about seven different tribes that have been fighting each other for the last 40 years," Mr Paul said. "And then, maybe after she's visited Somalia for a while, she might come back and appreciate America more."A spokesman for Ms Omar declined to comment on Mr Paul's remarks. Mr Paul's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.On Sunday, after reports of Mr Paul's comments began to circulate widely, Ms Omar retweeted a post by comedian Tom Arnold appearing to make light of a 2017 incident in which the Kentucky Republican was assaulted by a neighbour.The retweet sparked outrage among conservatives, including the president's son, Donald Trump Jr."Congresswoman Ilhan Omar retweeting calls for political violence against @randpaul," Trump Jr said in a tweet. "I'm not surprised, and look forward to the forthcoming silence from the media on the issue."Ms Omar, a freshman and one of two Muslim women in the House, have been among the most vocal critics of Mr Trump's policies and language.In a New York Times op-ed last week, she said the president "has used overtly racist rhetoric to strike fear and division in communities of colour and religious minorities across the country".She also described her journey with her family to the US in the hope of a better life – and said that the chants of "Send her back!" by Trump supporters at a recent rally in response to the president's criticism of her prompted her to "remember the horrors of civil war in Somalia that my family and I escaped"."The ideals at the heart of our founding – equal protection under the law, pluralism, religious liberty – are under attack, and it is up to all of us to defend them," she wrote.In the Breitbart interview, Mr Paul said he has met "a lot of people" in Kentucky who are refugees – "some from Somalia, some from Bosnia" – and "most of them are thankful"."I've met people who have come here from behind the Iron Curtain, that got away from communism," he said. "They're some of the best Americans we have, because they really appreciate how great our country is."Ms Omar, by contrast, is "about as ungrateful as you can get", Mr Paul said."And then I hear Representative Omar say, 'Oh, America's a terrible place! I thought there'd be justice, and there's no justice here,'" Paul said. "It's like, well, she came here and we fed her, we clothed her, she got welfare, she got school, she got healthcare, and then, lo and behold, she has the honour of actually winning a seat in Congress, and she says we're a terrible country?"While Ms Omar has been critical of Mr Trump, she has not described the US as a "terrible country".Washington Post



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Sen. Rand Paul offers Rep. Ilhan Omar a trip back to Somalia to 'appreciate America more'

Sen. Rand Paul offers Rep. Ilhan Omar a trip back to Somalia to 'appreciate America more'Kentucky's junior senator says Rep. Ilhan Omar needs to be more grateful for living in the U.S., and that visiting Somalia will teach her why.



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US airstrike in Somalia kills 52 al-Shabab extremists

US airstrike in Somalia kills 52 al-Shabab extremistsJOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military on Saturday said it had carried out its deadliest airstrike in Somalia in months, killing 52 al-Shabab extremists after a "large group" mounted an attack on Somali forces.



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Somalia uproar continues after former al-Shabab No. 2 seized

Somalia uproar continues after former al-Shabab No. 2 seizedNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia saw a third day of protests on Saturday over the arrest of the former No. 2 leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency. Officials said at least eight people have been killed so far as angry supporters take to the streets and clash with police.



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US commando killed, four wounded in Somalia attack

US commando killed, four wounded in Somalia attackAn American commando was killed Friday in an attack in southern Somalia that also wounded four US military personnel along with a Somali soldier, officials said. The attack occurred in Jubaland, where a large force comprising about 800 Somali, Kenyan and US troops were working to clear a large area of Al-Qaeda-aligned Al-Shabaab fighters. The multinational force “came under mortar and small-arms fire at approximately 2:45 pm Mogadishu time (1145 GMT), killing one US service member and injuring four US service members and one partner force member,” the US military’s Africa Command said in a statement.



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US strike in Somalia kills more than 100 Shabaab fighters

US strike in Somalia kills more than 100 Shabaab fightersUS forces conducted an air strike against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab group in Somalia on Tuesday, killing more than 100 jihadists, military officials said. “In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an air strike in Somalia against an al-Shabaab camp on Tuesday, November 21 at approximately 10:30 am local Somalia time (0730 GMT), killing more than 100 militants,” the US Africa Command said in a statement.



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US carries out 1st airstrikes against ISIS in Somalia

US carries out 1st airstrikes against ISIS in SomaliaThe U.S. military for the first time has conducted two airstrikes against Islamic State group fighters in Somalia, where the group is a growing presence in a country long threatened by the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab.



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Mogadishu death toll rises to 358 as Somalia president to announce ’state of war’ on al-Shabaab

Mogadishu death toll rises to 358 as Somalia president to announce ’state of war’ on al-ShabaabThousands of anguished Somalis gathered to pray on Friday at the site of the country’s deadliest attack, while the toll rose to 358 and dozens remained missing. Somalia’s president will announce a "state of war" against the al-Shabaab extremist group blamed for the bombing, the prime minister said. The United States is expected to play a supporting role in the new offensive that President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is set to launch on Saturday, a Somali military official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters. Somalia’s army spokesman Capt. Abdullahi Iman said the offensive involving thousands of troops will try to push al-Shabaab fighters out of their strongholds in the Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle regions where many deadly attacks on Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and on Somali and African Union bases have been launched. Also on Friday, the U.S. military said it had resumed its fight against al-Shabaab with a drone strike. The extremist group has not commented on Saturday’s truck bombing in Mogadishu, which Somali intelligence officials have said was meant to target the city’s heavily fortified international airport where many countries have their embassies. The massive bomb, which security officials said weighed between 600 kilograms and 800 kilograms (1,300 pounds and 1,700 pounds), instead detonated in a crowded street after soldiers opened fire and flattened one of the truck’s tires. Deadly truck bomb hits Somalia's capital 00:44 Somalia’s information minister Abdirahman Osman said late on Friday that 56 were people still missing. Another 228 people were wounded, and 122 had been airlifted for treatment in Turkey, Sudan and Kenya. "This pain will last for years," said a sheikh leading the Friday prayers at the bombing site, as long lines of mourners stood in front of flattened or tangled buildings. Men walk near destroyed buildings as thousands of Somalis gathered to pray at the site of the country's deadliest attack and to mourn the hundreds of victims, at the site of the attack in Mogadishu Credit: AP Since the election of the country’s Somali-American president in February, the government has announced a number of military offensives against al-Shabab, Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist group, only to end them weeks later with no explanation. Experts believe that has given the extremists breathing space and emboldened them in their guerrilla attacks. Iman, Somalia’s army spokesman, told the AP that troops recaptured three towns in Lower Shabelle region from al-Shabaab on Friday in preparation for the new offensive. Somali officials did not give details on what role the U.S. military might play. There was no immediate response late on Friday from the U.S. Africa Command. The U.S. has stepped up military involvement in the long-fractured Horn of Africa nation since President Donald Trump approved expanded operations against the group early this year. The U.S. has carried out at least 19 drone strikes in Somalia since January, according to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Thousands of Somalis gather to pray at the site of the country's deadliest attack and to mourn the hundreds of victims, at the site of the attack in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 Credit: AP The latest U.S. drone strike occurred Monday about 35 miles (56 kilometers) southwest of the capital, the U.S. Africa Command told the AP earlier on Friday. It said it was still assessing the results. Earlier this week, in response to questions about the massive truck bombing, a Pentagon spokesman said the United States has about 400 troops in Somalia and "we’re not going to speculate" about sending more. In April, the U.S. announced it was sending dozens of regular troops to Somalia in the largest such deployment to the country in roughly two decades. The U.S. said it was for logistics training of Somalia’s army and that about 40 troops were taking part. Weeks later, a service member was killed during an operation against al-Shabab. He was the first American to die in combat in Somalia since 1993.



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'Really Horrendous.' Truck Bombing Is Now Deadliest Attack in Somalia

'Really Horrendous.' Truck Bombing Is Now Deadliest Attack in SomaliaThe death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia's capital rose to 189 with more than 200 injured, making it the deadliest single attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation, police and hospital sources said Sunday.



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Deadly truck bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia

Deadly truck bombing in Mogadishu, SomaliaA huge truck bomb explosion killed at least 20 people in Mogadishul, as shaken residents called it the most powerful blast they'd heard in years.



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