New Yorker Charged with Attempt to Join ISIS Was Former UAlbany Student

By Meghan Brink | April 2, 2021


A New Yorker who was arrested yesterday on charges of attempting to provide material support to ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization, has been confirmed by the university to have been a former UAlbany student.


James “Abdullah” Bradley, 20, attended UAlbany for one semester in Fall 2019 and was not awarded a degree, according to Director of Media and Community Relations Jordan Carleo-Evangelist.


According to multiple student sources, Bradley was a member of the World of Community Service Living Learning Community during his time at the university.


The alleged complaint, detailed in a Department of Justice press release, states that Bradley, “has expressed his support for ISIS and his desire to join the group overseas or commit a terrorist attack in the United States.”


Bradley was arrested alongside his wife, Araw Muthana, by the FBI in Newark, New Jersey, where they attempted to board a cargo ship to travel to the Middle East to join and fight for ISIS.


“Since at least 2019, Bradley has expressed violent extremist views, including his desire to support ISIS by traveling overseas to join the group or committing terrorist attacks in the United States,” according to the DOJ release.


According to the affidavit, Bradley used his social media accounts to promote ISIS and related violent attacks. In conversations with an undercover officer detailed in the affidavit, Bradley said that he wanted “to attack soldiers at the United States Military Academy in West Point."


Carlo-Evangelist said the university police, which has been in contact with federal authorities, “has no information to suggest that there is, or was, any credible threat to the safety of the campus.”

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