NEW YORK CITY MAN AND ALABAMA WOMAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING AND CONSPIRING TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO ISIS

James Bradley, a/k/a Abdullah, and His Wife, Arwa Muthana, Were Arrested at a Seaport in New Jersey While Allegedly Attempting to Travel Overseas to Join and Fight for ISIS

Audrey Strauss, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John C. Demers, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Dermot Shea, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced that JAMES BRADLEY, a/k/a Abdullah, and ARWA MUTHANA were arrested yesterday, March 31, 2021, at a seaport in Newark, New Jersey. A criminal Complaint was subsequently filed in Manhattan federal court charging BRADLEY and MUTHANA with attempting and conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). As alleged in the Complaint, BRADLEY, who resides in the Bronx, New York, has expressed his support for ISIS and his desire to join the group overseas or commit a terrorist attack in the United States. BRADLEY and his wife MUTHANA, of Alabama, who has also expressed her support for ISIS, were arrested while attempting to travel together by cargo ship to the Middle East to join and fight for ISIS. BRADLEY and MUTHANA were presented before United States Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman in Manhattan federal court this afternoon.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: James Bradley allegedly pledged devout allegiance to ISIS, expressing his desire to fight among the rank[s] for the Islamic State. Suspecting he may be unable to travel, Bradley instead allegedly discussed conducting terrorist attacks along with his wife, Arwa Muthana, also an ISIS supporter, against the US Military Academy at West Point or another area university where Bradley knew military recruits to be training. But in an alleged attempt to evade the watchful eye of law enforcement, the two ultimately planned to travel to Yemen by cargo ship to fulfil their wish to fight with the terrorist organization. As Bradley suspected, he and his wife were indeed on law enforcement’s radar – he was confiding in and planning their journey for terror with an undercover officer – and their plans to wage attacks against the United States have been thwarted.

Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers said: As alleged, the defendants planned to travel overseas to join and support ISIS. The threat of terrorism at home and abroad remains, and the National Security Division is committed to holding accountable those who would provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations. I want to thank the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this case.

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said: Like others who followed a similar path before them, Mr. Bradley and his wife Mrs. Muthana have now learned their alleged attempts to fight on behalf of ISIS, inside the U.S. or overseas, instead begin with two pairs of FBI JTTF handcuffs and court appearances in lower Manhattan. Our goal is to interdict violence before it occurs, and once again I commend the work of the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force personnel who work 24/7 to keep their fellow citizens safe.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said: James Bradley and his wife Arwa Muthana’s alleged determination to join ISIS and carry out terrorism against Americans overseas or here in New York is well documented in this multi-year investigation. It is yet another example of the effectiveness of the undercover operatives, detectives and analysts of the NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau working in seamless coordination with our partners at the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/new-york-city-man-and-alabama-woman-charged-attempting-and-conspiring-provide-material
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