James Bradley, 20 of Nova York, e Arwa Muthana, 29, do Alabama, were arrested on Wednesday, 31, while crossing the footbridge to reach a cargo vessel in Newark, Nova Jersey.
The Justice Department said that Bradley – also known as Abdullah – expressed extremist and violent views since 2019 and, in contact with a secret agent last year, repeatedly stated that he admired the Islamic State group.
He also told the agent that he was willing to carry out an attack on a target in the United States, possibly the military Academy North American, in West Point.
Bradley had already caught the eye of the FBI after a friend of yours was arrested in 2019 while planning to travel to Afghanistan to join the Taleban, according to a court case.
Since then, he “continued to express his desire to carry out violent acts in support of ideology radical Islam, directed its support and loyalty to ISIS and tried to travel abroad to unite and fight for ISIS, “explained the FBI.
According to the Justice Department, investigators seized, in a room previously used by Bradley, what appears to be hand-drawn images of a bandeira jihadi, commonly used by IS, and a map of the Pakistan.
Finally, Bradley decided to go to Yemen to join the terrorist group alongside Arwa, a women whom he married in January 2021, in a ceremony with Islamic traditions. “The threat of terrorism at home and abroad persists,” said the assistant attorney general, John Demers.
Both Bradley and Arwa face up to 20 years in prison on charges of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization estrangeira./ AFP
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