A newlywed husband and spouse who expressed curiosity in combating for the Islamic State group had been arrested Thursday at a port close to New York Metropolis as they tried to board a cargo ship that an undercover legislation enforcement officer mentioned would take them to Yemen, prosecutors mentioned.
James Bradley, 20, and Arwa Muthana, 29, had been taken into custody on the gangplank at Port Newark–Elizabeth Marine Terminal in New Jersey, prosecutors mentioned. They had been charged in federal court docket in Manhattan with making an attempt and conspiring to present materials assist to a chosen international terrorist group.
Bradley and Muthana made an preliminary court docket look Thursday and had been ordered jailed with out bail. Messages in search of remark had been left with their legal professionals.
Manhattan U.S. Lawyer Audrey Strauss mentioned in an announcement that the couple’s “plans to wage assaults in opposition to america have been thwarted.”
Bradley, of the Bronx, expressed assist for IS and spoke of his need to join the group abroad in recorded conversations over the course of almost a 12 months with an undercover enforcement officer, prosecutors mentioned. Bradley additionally spoke to the undercover officer who led him to the ship about probably attacking america Army Academy at West Level, New York, prosecutors mentioned.
A criticism outlining the fees in opposition to Bradley and Muthana doesn’t point out the defendants discussing their intentions with IS or others past the 2 undercover legislation enforcement officers.
Bradley sought transit to the Center East by cargo ship as a result of he feared he may need been on a terrorist watch record, prosecutors mentioned.
In 2019, Bradley deliberate to travel to Afghanistan to join the Taliban and assault American troopers however modified his thoughts due to ideological variations with the particular person he was supposed to travel with, an individual who was subsequently arrested, prosecutors mentioned, citing an FBI interview on the time.
Muthana, of Alabama, additionally expressed assist for IS and mentioned with Bradley plans to travel collectively to the Center East to battle on behalf of the group, prosecutors mentioned. After her arrest, she waived her proper to stay silent and mentioned she was prepared to battle and kill Individuals, prosecutors mentioned.
A U.S.-led coalition captured the final of the territory held by the Islamic State group about two years in the past, ending its self-declared caliphate that coated giant elements of Iraq and Syria. Since then, remaining IS militants have gone underground within the Syrian-Iraqi border area, persevering with an insurgency.
Muthana and Bradley had been married in January.
After touring to Alabama to go to Muthana, prosecutors mentioned, Bradley approached the undercover officer with the thought of touring on a cargo ship to join IS. The officer related Bradley with a “facilitator” — one other undercover officer — and Bradley paid that particular person $1,000 in money for travel prices, prosecutors mentioned.
Bradley informed that officer that he and Muthana deliberate to be “combating” upon arrival Yemen and that he’d had a dream that he had given an oath of allegiance to IS chief Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi prosecutors mentioned.