- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - 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.

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