Phoenix ISIL Member Trial To Begin

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem

Today, jury selection begins in the trial of Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, who was arrested in June of 2015 for his role in the anti-Mohammed event in Garland, Texas. He is charged with terrorism and colluding with terror groups.

Kareem allegedly provided firearms to the two men who carried out the attack and talked with them at his home about the planned attack. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) later on took responsibility for the attack. Kareem was indicted again in December 2015 for allegedly conspiring to set off bombs at the University of Phoenix Stadium during the 2014 Super Bowl, according to the Investigative project on Terrorism.

Kareem’s partners, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, both of Phoenix, were killed in a shootout with Garland Police. A security guard was injured in the gunfight.

According to an AP report, “jurors will be asked 51 questions. Many of the questions are standard questions jurors are asked, but other questions will address the person’s knowledge of Islam and the Arabic Language. They will also ask jurors if they know anyone who attends a mosque. Jurors will asked be asked whether they or anyone in their family owns a firearm. Jurors must also reveal what social media sites they are on and identify who follows them on Twitter.”

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