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U.S. looks to rally opposition to extremism

The meetings will focus on countering radicalization, recruitment and incitement to violence, U.S. officials said

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In the wake of brutal attacks in France, Denmark and Libya, the U.S. government will try to rally efforts to combat violent extremism with a high-level summit this week.

President Barack Obama hosts the three-day meeting, bringing together businesses, academics, city officials and governments from around the world to share best practices and agree on a plan of action.

The meetings will focus on countering radicalization, recruitment and incitement to violence, U.S. officials said.

They come as militants in Libya posted a video showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians and as two men were charged with helping the suspected gunman behind the deadly weekend attacks in Copenhagen.

“This is about building a comprehensive network to fight back against violent extremism,” a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“We want to move to action.”

The meeting will begin Tuesday and run through Thursday.

“We are going to be looking to voices from the private sector, to voices from cities around the world, from NGOs and others who all bring a piece of the solution to the table,” said an official.

More than 60 country representatives are expected to attend, as well officials from the European Union and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Obama is scheduled to speak on Wednesday and Thursday.