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Published On: Sat, Feb 4th, 2017

Kellyanne Conway twists the arrest of Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, Waad Alwan into a ‘Bowling Green massacre’

Fueling more “fake news” in an interview on Thursday, Kellyanne Conway, the adviser to President Donald Trump “invented a massacre” based on terrorists being arrested, to justify restrictions on refugee admissions and travel from several Islamic nations in turmoil.

“I bet it’s brand-new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized, and were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green Massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered,” Conway said during an interview on MSNBC.

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Conway herself more or less admitted that on Friday morning when she tweeted that she “meant to say ‘Bowling Green terrorists’” instead.

Bowling Green city officials said Friday in a statement that “while in 2011, two Iraqi nationals living in Bowling Green were arrested for attempting to provide money and weapons to terrorists in Iraq, there was no massacre in Bowling Green.”

“I understand during a live interview how one can misspeak,” Mayor Bruce Wilkerson said of Conway’s remarks, “and we appreciate the clarification.”

In 2013, the Justice Department announced the sentencing of two Iraqi citizens living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to federal prison after they confessed to attacking U.S. soldiers in Iraq and tried to assist al-Qaeda in Iraq by sending money and weapons. But that is quite different, of course, from a massacre.

Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 25, a former resident of Iraq, was sentenced to life in federal prison, and Waad Ramadan Alwan, 31, a former resident of Iraq, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison, followed by a life term of supervised release. Both defendants had pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges.

The Trump administration has been in a heated battle with the media over “fake news” and misreporting facts and Conway’s error, not matter how small, will not be overlooked or accepted as the administration fuels a separation and division.

The story in question, Hammadi and Alwan, actually serves to call for tougher immigration rules as “These two former Iraqi insurgents participated in terrorist activities overseas and attempted to continue providing material support to terrorists while they lived here in the United States. With today’s sentences, both men are being held accountable,” said Assistant Attorney General Monaco during the press release on their sentencing.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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