Trial Begins for 3 Minneapolis Men Accused of Plotting to Help ISIS

The trial is expected to last for months and will reveal the motivations and recruitment techniques

The trial of three Minneapolis men accused of plotting to help ISIS began Wednesday, NBC News reported. 

The prosecutor began opening arguments in a trial that is expected to last for about a month. Some of the group's motivations and recruitment techniques are expected to be revealed. 

The defendants, from the city’s large Somali community, are among dozens of Americans charged with supporting ISIS. Mohammed Farah, Abdirahman Daud and Guled Omar all say they are innocent. They were arrested a year ago following a 10-month federal investigation. 

Six others who are connected to the Minneapolis case have pleaded guilty, while one reportedly fled the United States and made it to Syria. 

A 2015 study of those arrested for supporting ISIS found they tend to be young, American-born and drawn to the idea of an Islamic caliphate than a desire to commit terrorist acts in the U.S.

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