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Twitter says it shut nearly 377,000 accounts for promoting terrorism in the second half of last year.  It represents a big increase on the last numbers given by the company, which covered from February to August 2016, although the data overlaps.

Twitter has faced pressure to do more to stop groups such as so-called Islamic State from using its platform.  Last year, MPs said it had become a "vehicle of choice" for spreading extremist propaganda on the internet.  In Twitter's latest transparency report - which covers the period from 1 July to 31 December 2016 - it said internal measures to tackle the issue had improved.

Read more: BBC News

Congressional investigators are demanding documents and contacting witnesses in a wide-ranging probe of the Defense Department's troubled anti-propaganda efforts against the Islamic State.

The investigation by the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee follows reporting by The Associated Press in January that uncovered critical problems with the program known as WebOps and revealed conflicts of interest in a new contract potentially worth $500 million to expand psychological operations against terrorist groups.

The AP found the management behind WebOps is so beset with incompetence, cronyism and flawed data that multiple people with direct knowledge of it say it's having little impact.

Read more: AP

Over the last two decades, since Congress carved out a terrorism case exception to the general rule that people cannot use American courts to sue foreign governments, victims of attacks have racked up more than $50 billion in default judgments against Iran.

Those judgments provided symbolic justice but came with little realistic expectation that Iran — which did not bother to contest the evidence — would actually pay all it owed, aside from its limited assets frozen in the United States. But now, those cases are colliding with another major legal and national security event: the Iran nuclear deal.

In the first case of its kind, a group of attack victims — including estates of people who were killed — who won one of the default judgments against Iran has gone to a European court to try to enforce it. A judge in Luxembourg has quietly put a freeze on $1.6 billion in assets belonging to Iran’s central bank, according to people familiar with the case.

Read more: New York Times

The Pentagon has instructed defense officials to use the acronym ISIS, not ISIL, when referring to the Islamic State, abandoning the convention of the Obama administration and embracing the term preferred by President Trump.

In a memo signed last week, a senior Defense Department official informed military departments to adopt the new term as they communicate about the ongoing campaign against the militants, spanning from Libya to Afghanistan. The Pentagon’s adoption of the term signals the military bureaucracy is getting in line with the new leadership at the White House, which has indicated a strong preference for ISIS, short for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, not the alternative English acronym ISIL — the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Read more: Washington Post

South Korean intelligence agencies have branded the killing of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's half-brother as an act of state terrorism perpetrated by the North, a lawmaker with close ties to intelligence told NBC News.

South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) told lawmakers on the National Assembly's Intelligence Committee Monday that the suspects wanted in connection with the death of Kim Jong Nam worked for North Korea's foreign and security ministries.

"Our National Intelligence Service told me that North Korea's General Bureau of Espionage was responsible for the terrorism and the assassination of Kim Jong Nam but what Malaysian authorities discovered is that it was North Korea's National Security Agency that took the lead," Lee Cheol Woo, a South Korean lawmaker and the chairman of Intelligence Committee, told NBC News.

Read more: NBC News