The Latest: Opening statements begin in Islamic State trial

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The Latest on a federal trial in Phoenix against a man charged with supporting the Islamic State group in a case stemming from a thwarted attack at an anti-Islam event in Texas (all times local)

2:50 p.m.

Prosecutors have begun making their case against a man standing trial in Phoenix on charges that he was the driving force behind an Islamic State group-inspired terrorism plot.

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem is believed to be the first person to stand trial in the U.S. on charges related to the Islamic State.

He is charged with helping plan a violent attack last year at an anti-Islam cartoon contest in Texas. Two associates were killed after they showed up at the event with guns and an Islamic State flag.

Prosecutor Kristen Brook says Kareem provided the bankroll, training and motivation to the two men.


12:10 p.m.

A jury has been selected for the trial of an Arizona man charged with supporting the Islamic State terrorist group and helping plan a violent attack last year at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas.

The selection of the jury on Tuesday for Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem cleared the way for opening statements Wednesday.

It's believed to be the first time the government has put a person on trial on charges related to Islamic State.

Kareem is accused of providing the guns used at the May 3 attack in Garland, Texas.

Authorities say Kareem and the two men who carried out the attack also researched travel to the Middle East so they could join Islamic State fighters.

Kareem denies the allegations.