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Ikaika Kang, Active Duty Soldier, Arrested After Pledging Allegiance To Islamic State

Ikaika Kang, Active Duty Soldier, Arrested After Pledging Allegiance To Islamic State”

A US Army soldier accused of supporting ISIS kissed and posed next to the terror group's flag, photos released by the US attorney's office in Honolulu show.

Kang also accompanied an undercover agent to go shopping for a drone, saying that a drone would allow Islamic State fighters "to find tank positions and avenues for escape" from U.S. soldiers.

The government, in support of its motion to keep Kang detained without bond, entered several photographs said to show Kang demonstrating military combat tactics. He was expected to make an appearance in federal court later on Monday.

Kang, an air traffic control specialist with extensive military training in hand-to-hand combat, was arrested by the FBI on Saturday following a year-long undercover investigation.

"[He] discussed the possibility of joining ISIS and fighting for ISIS".

Kang enlisted in the Army in December 2001, just months after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Kang's father told Honolulu television station KHON and the Star-Advertiser newspaper his son may have had post-traumatic stress disorder. "Just relax and I'll be there for him". Kang's service record indicates he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 and Iraq in 2011 and was highly decorated. He has received a range of honors for his service, including the Army Commendation Medal.

Kang's court-appointed lawyer, Birney Bervar, said his client may suffer from service-related mental health issues of which the government was aware but neglected to treat. He declined to elaborate. "In early 2016, it appeared that Kang was becoming radicalized, and in or about August 2016, the Army referred this matter to the FBI", said the affidavit.

Until the last weekend when he got apprehended by the FBI and charged with terrorism because there he lost his loyalty to the army and created connections to the Islamic Group, where he stated his wish to kill a bunch of people and trained them how to fight. The complaint said Kang made threats and pro-ISIS arguments while in the Army and that his security clearance was revoked temporarily in response to those actions in 2012.

Spokesman Arnold Laanui said the probe took nearly a year given the evidence that needed to be collected and the constitutional rights that needed to be protected.

The FBI outlined its evidence against Kang in a 26-page affidavit filed Monday. It says that Kang told one agent about a desire to join ISIS and offered to provide military documents and demonstrate martial arts techniques to another agent.



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