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A Minneapolis jury has found three young Twin Cities men guilty of conspiring to support a foreign terrrorist organization and of conspiracy to commit murder abroad in one of the largest ISIL-related prosecutions to reach a federal trial.

The three defendants — Abdirahman Daud, 22; Mohamed Farah, 22; and Guled Omar, 21 — now face sentences of up to life in federal prison.

As the verdict was read to a hushed federal courtroom at 1:30, relatives of the three young men could be heard weeping in the gallery, while other spectators left the courtroom in tears. Omar placed one hand over his face and his attorney, Glenn Bruder, quietly shook his head.

On a list of separate charges, the jury found Farah guilty of making false statements to federal authorities; but found Daud not guilty of perjury.

Read more: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

It can be tricky for some of the big names in the technology industry to deal with content on their networks. It's not always as black-and-white as a "that should definitely not be on our site, you're banned" kind of an issue. It's especially thorny when the content concerns national security—specifically, content that could be seen as advocating, encouraging, or otherwise planning terrorism.

And the use of the "t" word does tend to get technology companies embroiled in arguments with various governments, as the latter tends to be more interested in knowing about terrorism-related tie-ins. As we've seen this year, that also includes physical devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc.) that people could be using to promote terrorism in some capacity. (Technology companies don't tend to like handing over digital keys that let the government into any devices they want.)

In an effort to get ahead of the curve, Microsoft has released a new set of guidelines and policies for how the company treats terrorism-related content on any of its properties.

Read more: PC Magazine

The U.S. added ISIS affiliates from Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen to its list of designated terrorist organizations on Thursday.

The move means these groups are being formally listed as designated terrorist organizations, a reflection of the changing assessment of the threat they pose. In the past, U.S. officials have indicated that they saw the groups in Libya, Yemen and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia more as sympathizers than formal affiliates of the core militant group, which controls parts of Syria and Iraq.

The State Department, working with the Justice and Treasury departments, also placed the groups on a list of global terrorists that allows the Obama administration to sanction anyone who knowingly helps or provides material support to these groups -- freezing any property, bank accounts or other interests they might have in the U.S.

Read more: CNN

For nearly two years, U.S. airstrikes, military advisers and weapons shipments have helped Iraqi forces roll back the Islamic State group. The U.S.-led coalition has carried out more than 5,000 airstrikes against IS targets in Iraq at a total cost of $7 billion since August 2014, including operations in Syria. On Tuesday a U.S. Navy SEAL was the third serviceman to die fighting IS in Iraq.  But many Iraqis still aren't convinced the Americans are on their side.

Government-allied Shiite militiamen on the front-lines post videos of U.S. supplies purportedly seized from IS militants or found in areas liberated from the extremist group. Newspapers and TV networks repeat conspiracy theories that the U.S. created the jihadi group to sow chaos in the region in order to seize its oil.

Read more: Stars and Stripes

The United States gathered defense ministers from 11 other countries for talks on Wednesday about ways to strengthen the campaign against Islamic State, a day after a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in Iraq during an attack by the militant group.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the defense ministers that despite recent gains "this fight is far from over".

"That point was brought into stark relief by yesterday's attack on Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq, which unfortunately claimed the life of an American service member," Carter said, speaking at the start of talks at the U.S. military's European Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.

The talks included ministers from France, Britain and Germany and were planned well in advance of Tuesday's news that a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in northern Iraq when Islamic State fighters blasted through Kurdish defenses and overran a town.

The elite serviceman was the third American to be killed in direct combat since a U.S.-led coalition launched a campaign in 2014 to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State and is a measure of its deepening involvement in the conflict.

Read more:  Reuters