Abdullah, his accomplice Anwar, and a driver named Rasheed released Jack Bauer to CTU in exchange for Behrooz Araz at the Union Conduit Dam. Jack was supposed to be quickly shot by a nearby sniper, but was saved by CTU counter-sniper Lee Castle. Abdullah and Anwar rushed Behrooz into the van, and Rasheed sped off with the group. Anwar called Marwan, while Abdullah smashed the tracking device in Behrooz's wristwatch, and then used a knife to carve out the second device from his neck.
Abdullah and Anwar appeared in one of the deleted scenes of Season 4. In it, they force Behrooz onto a plastic sheet and Abdullah confirms to him that his mother Dina was killed. Anwar then takes aim at Behrooz. Curtis Manning and his team suddenly shoot the two down, and though Behrooz is rescued, he is in despair at the loss of his mother. Abdullah is listed in status as "alive" instead of deceased because deleted scenes are not trustworthy canon; in a contradictory deleted scene, Edgar Stiles states that Behrooz was instead found "in a shipping container registered to Marwan", indicating a separate story that Abdullah was not killed by Curtis.