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MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota jury has reached a verdict in the federal trial of three Minneapolis men accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.
The verdict is expected to be read Friday afternoon and comes after about three weeks of testimony.
Twenty-one-year-old Guled Ali Omar, 22-year-old Abdirahman Yasin Daud (Ahb-DEER'-ah-mahn YAH'-sin Dah-OOD') and 22-year-old Mohamed Abdihamid Farah are among a group of 10 accused of a conspiracy. Six others pleaded guilty earlier and a seventh man is believed to be in Syria.
Prosecutors built their case largely on recordings made by a friend of the men who became a paid informant. Defense attorneys argued that comments on the records were youthful bluster, and family and friends have protested what they call entrapment.