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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

 A top German lawmaker told his U.S. counterparts that he is concerned about Donald Trump's "America First" strategy, saying Europe needs the United States to remain committed to the trans-Atlantic alliance, especially in a new era of instability fomented largely by Russia.

Norbert Rottgen, chairman of the German parliament’s foreign policy committee, spoke last week to a small group of reporters in Washington between meetings with members of Congress and the State Department. His main concern were comments the Republican front-runner made last week promising a shift in U.S. foreign policy.

Trump called for more opportunities to cooperate with Russia. He also said U.S. allies in both Europe and Asia must pay for the cost of their defense. "And if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves," Trump added.

Lack of unity between the U.S and Europe “will create losers on both sides," Rottgen said. "There will be powers to fill the void and vacuums created when the trans-Atlantic relationship is weakened deliberately by a new president."

Read more:  USA Today