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Netflix Reveals Their Top 10 Most-Watched Original Movies

During the coronavirus pandemic, many of us are exploring different movies, TV shows, and other forms of entertainment to keep ourselves occupied and distracted from the daily stresses of living in quarantine. Netflix recently released data on their most watched original movies for 2020 so far, and considering a majority of 2020 has been spent indoors, it’s safe to say these movies should probably be next on your list to watch based on their popularity and positive reception from audiences. 

The ratings were listed based on views, and Netflix counted a “viewer” as any user who watched more than two minutes of the content in the films. 

10. The Perfect Date: With 48 million views, this movie starring teen heartthrob Noah Centineo follows his character, Brooks, as he seizes the opportunity to make some extra cash before going to college by posing as the boyfriend of edgy rich girl Celia, played by Laura Arano. The movie follows the two as they create a business plan and online app so that other individuals can “rent” Brooks as their fake boyfriend for an evening, but once business starts to pick up, the two quickly realize they may have been in over their heads. 

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9. The Platform: This film brought in 56 million views so far and takes place in a mysterious setting. A deep hole made into a prison with an unknown number of levels has two prisoners living in each level as a descending platform delivers them food everyday. The film follows them as they fight to survive and figure out exactly where they are and what they’re dealing with. 

8. The Wrong Missy: 59 million viewers watched as David Spade (Tim) invited the supposed “women of his dreams” to a work retreat in Hawaii, before quickly realizing that he accidentally invited someone from a nightmare blind date in his past. This film is perfect for any rom-com lover who’s in the mood for something light-hearted and funny. 

7. Triple Frontier: This star-studded film brought in 63 million views so far. Ben Afflack, Oscar Isaac, and more play special forces operatives who reunite to plan a heist in South America. The goal of the group is to take a step back from their careers as unsung heroes to instead embark on a dangerous mission for themselves, as opposed to their country. 

6. The Irishman: 64 million viewers have experienced this film starring Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, a truck driver in the 1950’s who finds himself getting involved with a man named Russell Bufalino and his Pennsylvania crime family. As the story continues and Sheeran climbs the ranks of power to become one of the top hitmen, he also goes to work for Jimmy Hoffa, a powerful man tied to organized crime in the city. 

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5. Murder Mystery: This movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler has brought in 73 million views. The two are married in the film and on a European vacation together when they end up being framed for the murder of an elderly billionare, prompting them to begin living a life on the run while trying to figure out who actually killed the man. 

4. 6 Underground: 83 million viewers experienced Ryan Reynolds playing one of six untraceable independent secret agents who faked their deaths in order to work together and live totally off the grid. The group of agents fight evil and have the goal of being the most anonymous heroes the world has ever seen. 

3. Spenser Confidential: Two Boston police officers are murdered in the beginning of this film, prompting ex-cop Spenser (Mark Wahlberg) to team up with his roommate Hawk (Winston Duke) to take down the criminals who committed the crime and protect the city from their evils. The movie has reached 85 million views. 

2. Bird Box: This wildly popular film starring Sandra Bullock has reached 89 million views since its initial release in 2018. The movie follows Bullock’s character (Malorie) as she navigates a scary world where an ominous unseen presence drives people to suicide. Malorie also must take care of two children along the way in a desperate attempt to find some sort of safety. 

1. Extraction: Topping off the list with nearly 100 million views is Extraction starring Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth plays Tyler Rake, a fearless black market mercenary who embarks on a deadly journey to rescue the kidnapped son of an international crime lord. The movie has received amazing reviews since it’s initial release in April.

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American Citizen Named As One Of The Most Wanted Terrorists In The World

The name Jehad Serwan Mostafa may not be a name most Americans know – however, he has been named the “most wanted American terrorist in the world.”

In a recent statement, US Attorney Robert Brewer confirmed:

“Mostafa is believed to be the highest-ranking United States citizen fighting overseas for a terrorist organization. Al-Shabab’s reign of terror threatens U.S. national security, our international allies, and innocent civilians.”

Although Mostafa has been on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terror list for many years, an unsealed federal indictment has shown that he has recently been charged with extra crimes that relate to his alleged connections with Al Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabab in East Africa.

After fleeing the United States in 2005, Mostafa was first indicted just five years later in 2010, however, this latest indictment also covers his previous charges and claims that during the period of March 2008 and around February 2017 Mostafa “conspired to provide material support, including himself as personnel to terrorists.”

The FBI has also stated that Mostafa has become a leader in Al-Shabab’s “explosives department,” undertaking vital positions throughout the soldier training and media sections of the group.

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It is thought Wisconsin-born Mostafa – also known as “Ahmed,” “Abu Anwar al-Muhajir,” “Ahmed Gurey,” and “Abu Abdullah al-Muhajir” – has been working on the improvement of the effectiveness of all IODs (improvised explosive devices) specifically created to attack US military bases and interests, according to government officials.

However sources have informed Fox News that Mostafa’s involvement is more sinister with an anonymous African intelligence official claiming:

“Currently, Jehad is in Somalia, and he is very close to the decision-making circles of Al-Shabab, especially their intelligence wing called ‘AMNIYAT’ and also an explosive brigade which is controlled by the powerful Al-Shabab leader, Mahad Warsame Qaley. Jehad is protected by Al-Shabab hardliners who are mainly connected to Al Qaeda. He directly gives advice to Al-Shabab’s leadership on issues related to strategies, international relations, smuggling explosive material and importation, media production, and its audience targeting.”

It is believed that 38 year old Mostafa has 16 children with his three wives, all of whom are receiving protection from Al-Shabab’s General Security, who are “in charge of overseas Counter-Intelligence and the presence of foreign fighters” in the group.

The source continued:

“The Middle Jubba region, which is under full control of Al-Shabab, is where intelligence agencies believe is his hideout. He is one of the most trusted foreign fighters within Al-Shabab, and gets more protection (than others) from the group.”

However the Mostafa that is around today is a surprise to those who knew him growing up, with many remembering him as sweet and subdued.

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Although born in Wisconsin, Mostafa was brought up in the Serra Mesa region of San Diego, California before heading to Mesa Community College. In 2005 he graduated with an economics degree from the University of California however it is alleged that he descended into the world of jihad only a few short months later at the age of 23. Heading to Yemen in 2005 it is thought he developed friendships with Muslims from other Western countries before heading to Somalia at the invitation of Al-Shabab.

While the terrorist group was establishing their hold in the war-torn country, Mostafa allegedly became affiliated within the group before they ordered future foreign fighters not to come due to the many arrests that were being carried out, with many trying to defeat the Somalian government finding themselves under arrest.

It is not just those that watched Mostafa grow up that have expressed their surprise at his radicalization. He often prayed at the Islamic Center of San Diego in Kearny Mesa and Imam Taha Hassane expressed his surprise at Mostafa’s extremist views in 2016:

“Jehad was often hanging around with the other young people. He used to play a lot of basketball outside. I was absolutely shocked to see his picture on the news connected to terrorism.”

Although his family have never responded to requests for comments – his father Halim Mostafa Gabori passed away from a heart issue in 2018 while his mother Sumaiyah is a school teacher, and he has an older brother who works as a software engineer – a family friend reported that the family were “deeply disappointed” and the family rarely mentions him any more.

One of the most deadly organizations in the world, Al-Shabab – Arabic for “The Youth” – became an insurgent faction based on their harsh interpretation of Islam in the late 1990s although they did not join Al Qaeda until 2012. The group peaked between 2009 and 2011 when they were in control of the majority of southern and central Somalia and although they were removed from the capital in 2011 they moved towards a “more covert form of guerrilla warfare.”

Will Hartley, a terrorism and security consultant, observes that the “concern that Al-Shabab was re-establishing itself prompted a renewed US focus on the group in the latter years of the Obama administration, and that has continued under Trump.”