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Radical Islamic Cleric Accused Of Recruiting For ISIS Extradited To NYC On Terrorism Charges

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Radical Islamic Cleric Accused Of Recruiting For ISIS Extradited To NYC On Terrorism Charges

The defendant is widely seen as one of the most influential English-speaking Muslim extremists in the world

By Paul Best

Abdullah al-Faisal, a radical Islamic cleric known as Shaikh Faisal, was arraigned in New York City Friday on charges that he supported terrorism by plotting to recruit for the Islamic State. He pleaded not guilty.

The cleric has been linked to other high-profile terrorists, including the attempted Times Square bomber in 2010, the “Underwear Bomber” in 2008 and several other convicted or suspected terrorists in New York, London and elsewhere.

Federal authorities normally lead investigations of international terrorism cases, but Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. and the NYPD led this investigation.

The NYPD's investigation started when al-Faisal tried to recruit an undercover NYPD officer who was posing as a wannabe jihadist in December 2016, according to a news release from the the Manhattan DA's office. The cleric wanted the officer to become a medic for the Islamic State and introduced him to a person based in the group’s stronghold in Raqqa, Syria.

Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/us/islamic-cleric-accused-isis-recruiting-extradited-to-nyc