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Former Iraqi refugee trying to unseat Ilhan Omar: She is doing ‘irreparable harm’ to the country

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is doing “irreparable” damage to the United States, according to Dalia Al-Aqidi, an Iraqi refugee who is running as a Republican to unseat Omar in November.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” Friday with hosts Pete Hegseth and Ainsley Earhardt, Al-Aqidi said her opponent was harming Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District with hateful rhetoric.

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“As an American citizen, my duty is to defend my country and my duty is to stand up to her hatred and racism that she’s spreading within her community, within the country, and even worldwide,” Al-Aqidi said. “Ilhan Omar is harming every American with her hatred, her standing against what we believe in, [and] against our own Constitution.”

A former White House correspondent, Al-Aqidi told the “Fox & Friends” anchors that America “is her dream.”

“I came to the U.S. more than 25 years ago. So, basically, I’m not a refugee anymore. I’m not an Iraqi anymore. I’m an American. Period.”

“America, for me, is my country. America opened the doors for me,” she stated.

According to the New York Post, Al-Aqidi and her family fled Iraq to escape Saddam Hussein’s terrorist regime when she was in her 20s and they became U.S. citizens in the early 1990s. Omar fled war-torn Somalia with her family at the age of 9.

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Dalia Al-Aqidi is looking to challenge Rep. Ilhan Omar.

“I believe in building bridges,” Al-Aqidi stated. “We are not enemies. We are all American and we can fight together and we can discuss issues together.”

“She doesn’t care about her district. She’s done nothing for her district. All she’s done is to harm her district [and] harm her followers,” she said.

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Al-Aqidi joins several Republican challengers in the fight for the state, including businessman Lacy Johnson, special education professional Danielle Stella, minister and missionary Lucia Vogel, activist Alley Waterbury, and former auto sales manager Brent Whaley.

That said, Omar won her district by a landslide in 2018.

“So many now, they are looking for someone else,” Al-Aqidi noted. “And I’m here to say, ‘Do you know what? We are Americans, we’re not divided. We all love our country and let’s not take your hate [for President] Trump against America. We are all Americans and we can stand together, defend our country.'”

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Omar sounds off after Minnesota county bans refugee resettlement — aided by Trump executive order

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After an executive order by President Trump made it possible, a northern Minnesota county on Tuesday night opted to ban the resettlement of refugees within its boundaries, becoming the first in the state and the second in the nation to do so.

The vote at a crowded public meeting in Beltrami County, a sparsely inhabited area surrounding Red Lake, drew condemnation from many Minnesota Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar.

The move was viewed by many as a reaction to spiking crime in the state since large numbers of Somali refugees began arriving, according to reports. But supporters say it was simply an exercise of their rights, as facilitated by the president.

“President Trump empowered counties to have a voice in the decision-making process for the federal refugee resettlement program,” state Rep. Matt Grossell, a Republican, told the Duluth News Tribune. “Tonight, Beltrami County exercised that option.”

“President Trump empowered counties to have a voice in the decision-making process for the federal refugee resettlement program. Tonight, Beltrami County exercised that option.”

— Minnesota state Rep. Matt Grossell, Republican

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In a Twitter message Wednesday, Omar — who immigrated to Minnesota from Somalia as a teenager — saw the vote differently.

“Over 20 years ago, the state of Minnesota welcomed my family with open arms. I never would’ve had the opportunities that led me to Congress had I been rejected,” Omar wrote. “What Beltrami County is doing is denying refugees a chance at a better life.”

Omar fled Somalia with her family near the beginning of the country’s civil war in 1991 and lived in a  Kenyan refugee camp for four years until immigrating to the U.S. in 1995.

The Trump administration announced in November that resettlement agencies must get written consent from state and local officials in any jurisdiction where they want to help resettle refugees beyond June 2020. The order says the agencies were not working closely enough with local officials on resettling refugees and his administration acted to respect communities that believe they do not have the jobs or other resources to be able to take in refugees. Refugees have the right to move anywhere in the United States after their initial resettlement, but at their own expense.

The vote drew applause from many of the crowd of more than 150 people crowding the board chambers in Bemidji, Minn., which is about 140 miles northwest of Duluth. Native Minnesotans blame the influx of Somalis for spikes in crime.

Minnesota statistics released in July 2018 said that incidents of violent crime including murder decreased compared to 2017, but rape and involuntary sex trafficking rose to the highest rate seen in almost a quarter-century, The Duluth News Tribune reported, citing the state Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The report did not give a definitive reason for the spike.

In February, the FBI said Somalis in Minnesota reemained vulnerable to recruitment by terrorists.

FBI numbers showed 45 Somalis in the Minneapolis area left to join the ranks of either the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab or the Iraq- and Syria-based ISIS combined. And as of 2018, a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS. Both numbers are far higher than those who allegedly left or attempted to leave the country to join terrorist groups abroad from other areas in the U.S. where Muslim refugees have been resettled.

Meanwhile, others argue Trump’s executive order only empowers Islamophobes who put Somalis and other Muslim refugees at risk of violent attacks.

Three men from Illinois were arrested and charged last March in connection with the August 2017 bombing of a mosque in a Minneapolis suburb. The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., was bombed before morning prayers, causing extensive damage although no one was injured or killed.

The nation’s first county to ban refugee resettlement was Appomattox County, Va., where commissioners voted 4-1 on Dec. 17 to deny consent to resettlement. The Beltrami County vote came a night after commissioners in Burleigh County in neighboring North Dakota voted 3-2 to limit refugee resettlement to 25 people in 2020.

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At least 41 states have publicly agreed to accept refugees, but a governor’s decision doesn’t preclude local officials from refusing to give their consent. For instance, the Democratic mayor of Springfield, Mass., has refused to give written consent for refugees to be resettled in the city.

The Trump administration capped the number of refugee admissions at 18,000 for the current fiscal year.

Fox News’ Hollie McKay and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Omar claim of PTSD ‘offensive’ to US veterans, Indiana congressman says; Squad member responds

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An Indiana congressman who served in Afghanistan as a member of the Navy Reserve spoke out on behalf of America’s military veterans Wednesday after U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., claimed she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, a Republican, said Omar’s comments were a “disgrace,” calling the remarks “offensive to our nation’s veterans who really do have PTSD after putting their life on the line to keep America safe.”

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Omar had made her remarks during a news conference with other Democrats on Wednesday, at which she said she “felt ill” because of “everything that is taking place” in the Middle East — a reference to the recent U.S. tensions between the U.S. and Iran, including last week’s U.S. airstrike in Baghdad and Iran’s missile attacks early Wednesday against airbases in Iraq where U.S. service members are stationed.

“And I think every time I hear about … I hear of conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD,” she said. “And I find peace knowing that I serve with great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war.”

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After Banks took issue with her comments, Omar posted a reply on Twitter, making reference to her youth in war-torn Somalia. After leaving her homeland with her family near the start of the Somali Civil War in 1991, she would spend four years at a Kenyan refugee camp before immigrating to the U.S. in 1995.

“Hi Jim, I survived war as a child and deal with post-traumatic stress disorder—much like many who have served or lived through war,” she wrote in the tweet, which was addressed to Banks but not tagged. “It’s shameful that you as a member of Congress would erase the PTSD of survivors.”

But Banks doubled down on his comments later Wednesday evening, posting a video that showed Omar and other Democrats giggling in the background as their colleague, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, spoke to reporters about the more than 4,000 U.S. service members killed in Iraq over the years.

“Your words and actions at today’s press conference reveal your feelings toward our soldiers serving abroad and the video speaks for itself,” Banks wrote, including a video of the news conference shared by Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga.

Omar posted another message about a half-hour later, elaborating that she had “lived in a war zone” and had “seen what conflict does to families and communities.”

Common Defense, a veterans group that opposes President Trump, came to Omar’s defense on social media.

“Dear @RepJimBanks…Veterans like us know that people wearing uniforms aren’t the only ones impacted by war.@Ilhan is a refugee,”  the group said. “We stand with her against hawkish elites like you.”

Others also noted that PTSD doesn’t just affect those who serve in the military.

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But some commenters came to Banks’ defense as well.

“If you aren’t familiar with Banks, he’s been with the Navy since 2012,” one Twitter user wrote, “and was deployed to Afghanistan about 6 years ago. So he knows a little something about PTSD.”

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Minnesota man charged with attempted murder in shooting that critically wounded officer

Tyler Janovsky from Minnesota was charged with three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person on Wednesday, after he allegedly shot Waseca police officer Arik Matson in the head.

Matson, 32, was responding to reports of a suspicious person on Monday when Janovsky, 37, reportedly opened fire on him and the other officers he was with. After Matson was hit, Sgt. Timothy Schroeder returned fire and wounded Janovsky, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

Matson was then airlifted to North Memorial Hospital and remains in critical but stable condition, Fox 9 reported.

Police said Janovsky, who has reportedly been wanted for running a methamphetamine lab and possessing illegal firearms, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Pastor Kaleb Hurley visited Matson on Wednesday and provided an update on his recovery. Hurley spoke on behalf of Matson’s family and said his surgery had been “very successful.”

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This undated handout photo provided by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, shows Waseca, Minn. Police Officer Arik Matson. Matson was shot in the head Monday night, Jan. 6, 2020 while responding to a report of a suspicious person in the small southern Minnesota city of in Waseca. Matson, 32, was in critical but stable condition Tuesday. (Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension via AP)

“With every hour up to this point, Arik’s condition has been getting better and he’s better than what the doctors thought that he would be or what they anticipated,” Hurley said in a Facebook video message, after quoting biblical verse on the power of prayer.

The pastor created a Facebook events page for a “community night of prayer” for Matson and his family on Thursday between 6 and 8 p.m.

“As many of you know, Officer Arik Matson of the Waseca Police Department was injured in the line of duty on Monday night, January 6th. We have already seen an outpouring of support from our community, which the family is so grateful for,” the event page read.

“One of the biggest ways we can continue to support them is through prayer,” it added. “We would like to invite the entire community from Albert Lea to Waseca and beyond to join gather together this Thursday evening from 6pm-8pm to lift up Arik and his family.”

Hurley also created a GoFundMe page to help Matson’s wife and two children with medical expenses and basic necessities. The page has raised nearly $120,000 as of Wednesday evening, with a goal of $250,000.

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Matson, who is still facing a long road to recovery, has served as a police officer since 2013. He has also served as a SWAT team member, a city councilman and volunteer firefighter, according to CBS 4 in Minnesota.

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Minnesota sheriff gets unusual letter from inmate praising his time in jail

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An inmate held at a jail in Minnesota penned a letter to the sheriff for his overall treatment at the facility and its “safe environment for personal reflection and growth.”

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“I wanted to bring to your attention that the cleanliness and overall maintenance of this facility is exceptional,” the letter noted, according to the Idaho Statesman.  The letter was dated Jan. 3 and posted online on  Monday.

“Also, your bailiffs, program staff and all corrections officers have been nothing short of patient, respectful and encouraging; adding humor on the days when it’s needed most,” the missive continued.

The letter was opposite of what the Carver County sheriff’s office normally receives and officials took to Facebook in order to praises the staff at the facility, the Statesman reported.

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“A great show of appreciation to our Detention Staff in our jail. As you can imagine, they don’t get a lot of Thank Yous in their line of work. Our Mission statement is to treat everyone with respect and dignity and to do so with honor, integrity and pride,” the Facebook post read.

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Minnesota man killed woman who honked at him to hurry up

Prosecutors in northern Minnesota accused a man of fatally shooting a woman who yelled at him to hurry up and honked her horn while waiting for him outside his home.

Angelo Borreson, 56, was charged Friday with second-degree murder and second-degree assault in the death of 51-year-old Angela Wynne.

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Borreson told authorities Wynne drove to his home near Badger on Wednesday morning to help him get gas for his vehicle. According to the complaint, Wynne arrived before Borreson was ready to leave and started yelling at him to hurry while honking her horn.

Borreson told authorities that he accidentally shot Wynne multiple times.

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He said he did not mean for his shotgun to fire, the complaint said. He then called 911.

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Borreson remained jailed Sunday with bail set at $750,000 ahead of a March 16 court appearance, the Star Tribune reported. A message could not be left Sunday for his public defender.

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Kyle Rudolph’s game-winning touchdown catch called into question as Vikings advance in playoffs

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Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins in overtime against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday during their playoff game, but there was some controversy over the clutch play.

The touchdown pushed the Vikings to the NFC Divisional round and bounced the Saints from the playoffs.

Before Rudolph caught the pass in the corner of the end zone, it appeared he had his arm extended fully toward cornerback P.J. Williams who was defending him.

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It also appeared that officials reviewed only whether Rudolph made the catch — not whether any offensive pass interference took place.

NFL pundits, former players and fans alike debated whether the Saints were jobbed in the playoffs for the second straight season.

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Earlier in the game, Saints fans were heated over a Dalvin Cook rushing touchdown. Officials called Cook’s run a touchdown although it appeared that linebacker Demario Davis stopped him short of the goal line. Officials ruled the ball had crossed the plane and awarded Minnesota a touchdown.

Jaded Saints fans compared both plays to the controversial NFC Championship call last year when Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman clearly interfered with wide receiver Tommylee Lewis on a play. Officials threw no flags and the Saints eventually lost the game in overtime.

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Minnesota is set to appear in the divisional round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2017 season.

The Vikings were one game away from the Super Bowl in that season, but they ran into the Philadelphia Eagles who went on to win the championship.

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Minnesota Vikings bounce New Orleans Saints from playoffs in dramatic overtime win

The Minnesota Vikings defeated the New Orleans Saints 26-20 in overtime to advance to the next round of the NFC Playoffs.

The Vikings were set up at the Saints’ 2-yard line after a 43-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen.

Cousins then threw a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph for the win.

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Minnesota advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2017 season. That season, the Vikings lost in the conference title game to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cousins finished the game 19-for-31 with 242 passing yards and the game-winning touchdown passes to Rudolph. Running back Dalvin Cook had 28 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

Minnesota had a 10-point lead heading into the fourth quarter but the Saints battled back with a Taysom Hill touchdown catch from Drew Brees with 10:31 remaining in the fourth.

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Saints kicker Will Lutz then added the game-tying 49-yard field goal.

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Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) celebrating a touchdown by Dalvin Cook in the second half of the NFL wild-card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Brees finished the game 26-for-33 with 208 passing yards, a touchdown pass, an interception and a key lost fumble late in the game.

Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas had seven catches for 70 yards. Tight end Jared Cook had five receptions for 54 yards.

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The Vikings will travel to play the San Francisco 49ers next week.

The Saints fell short of the Super Bowl for the third consecutive season.

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Saints fans question Dalvin Cook’s touchdown run to increase Vikings’ lead in playoff game

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook gave his team a 10-point lead when he scored from the goal line against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in their wild-card playoff game.

While Cook’s short run was ruled a touchdown, Saints linebacker Demario Davis had met him immediately at the goal line. Cook appeared to jolt backward as he was carrying the football across the plane.

Officials ruled that Cook did, in fact, score a touchdown.

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However, the play was not lost on Saints fans who said they may have gotten jobbed for the second straight year.

Saints fans expressed their frustrations over the play on social media.

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Who could forget last year’s NFC Championship game between the Saints and the Los Angeles Rams? Officials missed a clear pass-interference penalty on a Rams defensive back which ultimately may have cost the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl.

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It’s understandable why Saints fans were still a bit jaded over the non-penalty from last year.

The Saints were down 10 points after the Cook score, but cut the lead to three on the following possession.

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Minnesota woman slammed against car, dragged 75 yards as purse-snatching spree surpasses 20 incidents, police say

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A 52-year-old Minnesota woman was slammed against a car and dragged about 75 yards in a shopping center parking lot this week, becoming the latest victim in a string of purse snatchings that has prompted a search for suspects in the St. Paul area, according to a report.

“We really need to find these people before someone is more seriously injured and we need the public’s help,” St. Paul Police spokesman Steve Linders told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The incident was captured on security video that the St. Paul police posted on Facebook.

The style and method of the robbery were similar to more than 20 other incidents reported in St. Paul since Nov. 20, Linders said.

The woman was putting something in her car trunk after shopping at Hmong Village when one of the robbers jumped out of a stolen car, slammed her against his vehicle, grabbed her purse and returned to the car, the video showed.

As the suspect drove away, the woman fell to the ground and her arm became caught in the purse’s strap, Linders said.

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The driver continued on, dragging the woman alongside the passenger side of the car, the newspaper reported. The unidentified woman suffered bumps and bruises but was not seriously injured.

There have also been recent alerts in Twin Cities suburbs about purse snatchings and St. Paul police are investigating whether those cases are connected to incidents in the city.

In the St. Paul robberies — including two Wednesday night — suspects sneak up on women from behind or approach them in stolen vehicles and jump out, the Pioneer Press reported.

They “surprise the unsuspecting victims by ripping purses or bags from their hands or shoulders,” Linders said.

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Most of the women have been 40 or older, and the purses targeted are often expensive models, Linders said.

If victims resist, the suspects have struck or threatened them, sometimes with guns, according to Linders. After stealing the purses, the robbers escape on foot or in a stolen vehicle, the Pioneer Press reported.

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In most cases, two or more suspects ages 15 to 30 have been seen. They’ve tried to hide their identities with hooded sweatshirts or hats, Linders said.

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