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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 1978 file photo, a Somali Army female recruit checks her automatic weapon at a military training camp in Halane, Mogadishu. At right is her instructor. On Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, The Associated Press reported on this photo circulating online, incorrectly identified as showing U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., undergoing military training. This black-and-white film image was made before Omar was born. (AP Photo)

CLAIM: Black-and-white photo shows Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota in a uniform undergoing military training.

THE FACTS: The photograph of a woman with an automatic weapon was taken by The Associated Press on Feb. 25, 1978, before Omar was born. According to information with the photo, it was taken at a military training campus at Halane, Somalia. The photograph circulated widely on Facebook with information that falsely identifies Omar as being pictured with a gun. "Ilhan Omar said she hates guns!!!" reads the text of one Facebook post that uses the photo. "Jihadi Omar at a Training Camp for Terrorists!" states another.

Omar, a Somali-America who became the first Muslim refugee elected to U.S. Congress last year, was born on Oct. 4, 1982 — more than four years after the photograph was taken. In a tweet late Wednesday night, Omar described false online claims about the photograph as "dangerous disgusting and disturbing." A spokesman for Omar referred the AP to the congresswoman's tweet. The AP's caption does not name the two people in the photo but describes the one checking her gun as a Somali army recruit. She is wearing a headdress and a uniform that features a white belt. It describes the uniformed person standing behind her as an instructor.

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