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CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill raised eyebrows Wednesday morning after he posted a photo online of Cuban Communist paramilitaries with a caption reading, "Happy Veteran's [sic] Day."

Hill later deleted the image from his Instagram account after one social media user noted that he had uploaded an image of troops hailing from a country that until May had been identified by State Department as a state sponsor of terrorism.

He explained that he was merely trying to honor West African freedom fighters.

"[T]his is a non-story. I attempted to post a West African female battalion. Posted the wrong pic and deleted," he said in response to TheBlaze's write up of his reported mistake. "I'm not afraid to post controversial stuff and stand by it. But that wasn't the case this time."

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"I wanted to give love to freedom fighters around the globe, especially women. Plus the image was beautiful!" he added. "My beliefs on Veterans and Veteran's Day are clear. Probably different than your readers. But certainly transparent."

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