Titles of Islamic State propaganda videos flashed across the screens positioned in front of the 16 jurors — “Flames of War,” “Upon the Prophetic Methodology,” “Changing of the Swords 4.”
Then, federal prosecutors showed jurors a photo of several men whose freshly severed heads sat on the ground. The jurors stared. So did the three young Somali American men on trial.
You don't need to understand Islamic State's ideology, Assistant U.S. Atty. Andrew R. Winter told the jurors. All you need to know, he said, is that a group of young Somali American men in the Twin Cities area had watched Islamic State videos and wanted to go to Syria to take part.
“This is what the...