Alabama woman who wanted to ‘kill’ US Army cadets for Islamic State pleads guilty with her husband


United States Military Academy cadets sing their alma mater after the 2019 Army Navy game in Philadelphia, Pa. Dec. 14, 2019. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dana Clarke )

Caroline Robinson

An Alabama woman and her husband have pleaded guilty to attempting to aid the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (“ISIS”), the US Department of Justice announced today.

James Bradley, aka Abdullah, pleaded guilty on September 9 and Arwa Muthana pleaded guilty earlier in the day, both before U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer in Manhattan federal court.

The two, who are husband and wife, were arrested in 2021 in New Jersey as they prepared to board a freighter to go fight for the terrorist group.

Muthana is the sister of Hoda Muthana, a Hoover woman who left her family to join ISIS in 2014.

“Husband and wife James Bradley and Arwa Muthana today admitted their support for the Islamic State, a violent extremist terrorist organization,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said.

“In planning their support, Bradley and Muthana collected and distributed jihadi propaganda, including videos of Osama bin Laden, and even chillingly expressed their desire to wipe out U.S. Army cadets. . Just one day after the anniversary of 9/11, today’s lawsuit against Bradley and Muthana illustrates that the resolve of this Bureau and our law enforcement partners will never waver, and we ‘ll never forget.

According to court documents in the case, the two are ISIS supporters who attempted to travel to the Middle East to join and fight for ISIS.

Bradley, according to documents, “has expressed violent extremist views since at least 2019, including his desire to support ISIS by traveling abroad to join the group or by carrying out a terrorist attack in the United States.

In June 2020, according to documents, he confided to confidential information his interest in attacking a military base and that this would be his contribution to the cause of jihad. The following year, in 2021, he told the same informant that he could use his truck to attack and that he, along with Muthana, “could take out all the ROTC cadets” at a New York University.

In the months and years leading up to their 2021 arrests, Bradley and Muthana also viewed, posted and distributed extremist content online, including materials indicating their support for ISIS. This included Bradley posting images of ISIS fighters, Osama Bin Laden and terror attacks, and distributing videos of ISIS fighters, a knife attack in 2020 to an informant. against a New York Police Department officer and extremists shooting a uniformed soldier.

Muthana’s cellphone content included images of an ISIS flag with Arabic script, firearms, ISIS propaganda, and quotes from the late extremist preacher and former member of Al -Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Anwar al-Awlaki, including, for example, a copy of the cover of a book written by al-Awlaki, titled “44 Ways to Support Jihad”.

Bradley, 21, of Bronx, New York, and Muthana, 30, of Hoover, each pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, which carries a maximum sentence 20 years in prison.

Bradley is scheduled to be sentenced on February 2, 2023 and Muthana is scheduled to be sentenced on February 3, 2023.

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