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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has set off yet another controversy by ordering his troops to bomb extremist kidnappers even though there are hostages among them. Going further, he blamed the hostages for being kidnapped by the militants.

Duterte said the deaths of civilians and captives should be considered "collateral damage" when the army bombs the positions of the extremists. He said: "If there are kidnappers and they're trying to escape, bomb them all." And then went on: "They say 'hostages.' Sorry, collateral damage."

Read more: International Business Times (UK)

A man who as a teenager was seen on surveillance video proclaiming his commitment to jihad was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 years in prison despite his tearful pleas to a judge that he was a disillusioned and immature high school student at the time he plotted to join al-Qaida.  "I am not the monster that the government says I am," Justin Kaliebe told U.S. District Court Judge Denis Hurley before being sentenced. "I never intended to hurt anyone. That's not who I am."

Kaliebe, now 22 years old, also faces 20 years of post-release supervision.  The judge said Kaliebe's offense "is very serious."  "He was radicalized to the nth degree," the judge said. "He was a very dangerous individual. People who engage in this type of activity ... must recognize that serious consequences will follow."

Read more: ABC News

The United States on Wednesday announced it was adding the student wing of the Pakistan-based militant organization, Lashkar-e-Taiba, to its list of "foreign terrorist organizations."

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), or Army of the Pure, is an anti-Indian militant group with historical ties to Pakistan's top spy agencies. It has been accused of orchestrating numerous attacks, including a 2008 assault in Mumbai that killed 166 people, six of them Americans.

The State Department move against the student group, Al-Muhammadia Students, came as the Treasury Department added two Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders to the U.S. list of "specially designated global terrorists," subjecting them to U.S. sanctions.

LeT was banned by the Pakistani government in 2002 but it has continued operating through front organizations, according to U.S. officials, and their leaders conduct public rallies and interviews.

Read more: Reuters

The State Department designated Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza bin Laden, a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” on Thursday.  Bin Laden, born in 1989, was announced as an official member of al-Qaida, the terrorist group his father founded, in 2015.

Since then, al-Qaida audio messages featuring the younger bin Laden have threatened the U.S. and western nations and called for attacks against U.S., French and Israeli interests in Washington, D.C., Paris, France, and Tel Aviv, Israel. A July message from him threatened revenge against Americans in the U.S. and abroad.

The designation of a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” imposes sanctions on the individual via Executive Order 13224, a tool the State Department called “powerful.”

Read more: ABC News

A state grand jury indicted a 30-year-old man on charges related to supporting a terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office said Friday.

Derrick Thompson, also known as Abu Talib Al-Amriki, was indicted on three counts of terrorism-related charges stemming from an investigation by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Phoenix field office.

The grand jury on Wednesday indicted Thompson on charges that he solicited, incited or induced others to promote or further the criminal objectives of ISIS since January 2015.

Read more: AZ Central