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A married couple from New York City and Alabama have pleaded guilty in federal court for attempting to travel to the Middle East to join and fight with the Islamic State terror group, authorities said.
Arwa Muthana, 30, of Hoover Alabama, pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to provide ISIS material support, while her husband, James Bradley, pleaded guilty Friday to the same charges, the Justice Department said.
The couple were arrested in New Jersey last year while trying to travel abroad. The couple planned to travel aboard a cargo ship to Yemen in an attempt to evade police, federal prosecutors said.
In May 2020, Bradley is said to have told an undercover agent that he thought ISIS was good for Muslims because it is trying to establish a caliphate, and he also said he could do “something” at a US military training academy if he were unable to. to get out of jail. The United States
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In January 2021, he allegedly told the same undercover agent that in his jihad case, he was considering using his truck to take out Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets he saw at a New York university with the help from his wife. Earlier, he showed interest in attacking a military base.
After the couple met in New York in early March, Bradley is said to have contacted the undercover agent for help getting on a freighter to Asia or Africa with the intention of traveling to the Middle East. The agent put them in touch with someone who could help and that was actually another undercover agent.
Muthana is the sister of Hoda Muthana, who left the US in 2014 to become an ISIS bride, according to AL.com. She reportedly said in 2019 that she “regretted” ISIS after surrendering to coalition forces, but a US judge ruled that year she would not be allowed back into the US because she is not a citizen.
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Bradley is expected to be sentenced on February 2, 2023, and Arwa Muthana will be sentenced the following day. They each risk 20 years in prison.
Brie Stimson of TBEN News contributed to this report.