A story released and promoted Wednesday by the Pentagon about an Iraqi refugee has caught the eye of some who see it as a stealth “Twitter rebellion” against President Trump’s policy proposals playing out on social media.
An article about Marine Cpl. Ali J. Mohammed’s journey from Iraq to the United States was first published on military sites on Monday and tweeted by the official DoD Twitter account on Wednesday.
The timing coincides with Trump apparently moving forward with a planned ban on US visas being issued to people living in a number of Muslim-majority countries, including Iraq — leading some to believe it might be a subtle dig from the Pentagon.
There were about 4,000 US troops who listed their religion as Islam in 2016, according to The New York Times.
Mohammed, 23, is serving with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, an infantry battalion supporting the anti-ISIS fight better known as Operation Inherent Resolve. Though his job is in supply, his main role there is serving as an Arabic translator.
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Featured image courtesy of The U.S. Marine Corps.