CRIME

3 accused of conspiring to join Islamic State group on trial

  • Haqhawo Qaasim holds onto a photo of Guled Ali Omar, who is scheduled to stand trial Monday, while standing in front of the United States Courthouse, Monday, May 9, 2016 in Minneapolis. Omar is one of three defendants who have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Haqhawo Qaasim holds onto a photo of Guled Ali Omar, who is scheduled to stand trial Monday, while standing in front of the United States Courthouse, Monday, May 9, 2016 in Minneapolis. Omar is one of three defendants who have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided the Sherburne County, Minn., Sheriff's Office shows Abdirahman Yasin Daud, one of several Minnesota men accused of conspiring to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Jury selection in the trial for Daud and two other men began Monday, May 9, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Sherburne County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

    FILE - This undated file photo provided the Sherburne County, Minn., Sheriff's Office shows Abdirahman Yasin Daud, one of several Minnesota men accused of conspiring to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Jury selection in the trial for Daud and two other men began Monday, May 9, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Sherburne County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office shows Guled Omar, one of several Minnesota men facing trial for allegedly plotting to join the Islamic State group. Jury selection in the trial for Omar and two other men began Monday, May 9, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office shows Guled Omar, one of several Minnesota men facing trial for allegedly plotting to join the Islamic State group. Jury selection in the trial for Omar and two other men began Monday, May 9, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

The trial of three Minnesota men accused of plotting to join the Islamic State group is set to begin in federal court in Minneapolis.

Prosecutors say the three young men were part of a larger group of friends in Minnesota's Somali community who met several times to plan how to travel to Syria.

All three have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges. The most serious charge is conspiracy to commit murder outside the United States. It carries the possibility of life in prison.

A jury of 16 was seated Tuesday night and opening statements are expected Wednesday.

Six other men who were part of the alleged plot have pleaded guilty to various charges, while a 10th man charged in the case is believed to be in Syria.