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Date: Aug 17, 2020

A radical Islamic cleric has been extradited to New York City on charges he recruited followers and fighters for the Islamic State through fiery online lectures and militant propaganda, prosecutors said Friday.

Abdullah al-Faisal, who had been behind bars in Jamaica, pleaded not guilty in Manhattan state court to charges including conspiracy and supporting terrorism.

The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said al-Faisal’s arrest dealt a “major blow to ISIS’ overall recruitment capabilities.”

Read more: NBC New York

Islamic extremists remain a stubborn problem in the Philippines despite a multiyear U.S. military effort to combat the threat, according to a recent report to Congress.

Operation Pacific Eagle — Philippines, an overseas contingency operation led by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, has been ongoing since Sept. 1, 2017. Three years later, there are still 300-500 Islamic State-affiliated fighters in the Southeast Asian nation, according to the latest assessment by Defense Department acting inspector general Sean O’Donnell.

“There has been little change in the capabilities, size, financing, and operations of [the Islamic State in East Asia],” O’Donnell wrote in the most recent report on the operation, which covers April 1 through June 30.

Read more: Stars and Stripes

A Somali police officer says at least 10 people have been killed and more than a dozen others injured in an ongoing siege at a beachside hotel in Somalia's capital where security forces are battling Islamic extremist gunmen who have invaded the building,

Security forces have so far shot dead two of the attackers in the hotel amid fears of hostage crisis inside the complex, said Ismail Mukhtar, spokesman of Somalia's information ministry.

Military vehicles could be seen taking positions around the hotel amid the darkness of night, that officials worry could prolong the siege.

Read more: CTV News

Groups of protesters and counter-protesters clashed in Stone Mountain, Ga., on Saturday.

The city announced Friday that that it would close Stone Mountain Park ahead of a rally planned by groups of far-right protesters. The group the Three Percenters requested to hold a 2,000-person event “to defend and protect our history and Second Amendment rights,” CBS News reported.

The far-right group on Saturday criticized the removal of Confederate monuments across the country spurred by protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis.

Read more: The Hill