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Conway Lies About 'Bowling Green Massacre'

| by Ray Brown

Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to President Donald Trump, misstated the facts about a terrorism case to defend Trump's recent ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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

But several news sites pointed out that the Bowling Green "massacre" never happened.

The New York Times said that Conway might have been referencing the arrest of two Iraqi nationals convicted of supporting terrorism abroad who were arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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According to WAVE News, in 2011, 30-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan and 23-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and eventually convicted on charges of supporting terrorism abroad.

Shortly after Alwan and Shareef were arrested, Obama severely restricted visas from Iraqi nationals, including Iraqis who helped the U.S. military in its war effort there.

At that time, Becca Heller, head of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York, lamented the move.

"This is not a priority right now for anyone in the government," she told The New York Times."Not enough people in the Obama administration care about this topic."

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Although Conway misspoke about a Bowling Green "massacre," she doubled down on defending Trump's ban by tweeting a 2013 ABC News story that said Alwan and Shareef were allowed into the U.S. under the refugee system.

"How do you have somebody that we now know was a known actor in terrorism overseas, how does that person get into the United States? How do they get into our community?" Bowling Green Police Chief Doug Hawkins, whose department assisted the FBI, told ABC News.

Sources: MSNBC via The Guardian, The New York Times, WAVE News, ABC News, Kellyanne Conway/Twitter / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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