U.S. Soldier Arrested for Supporting the Islamic State
A U.S. Army soldier stationed in Hawaii pledged allegiance to ISIS and offered the terror group documents and training according to the FBI.
Ikaika Erik Kang was arrested this past weekend for alleged ties to the Islamic State after a year-long investigation.
Hawaii News reports:
An active duty Hawaii soldier who was arrested for allegedly trying to provide material support and training to the Islamic State terrorist group told an undercover federal agent Saturday that he wanted to "kill a bunch of people."
A criminal complaint alleges that Ikaika Erik Kang, 34, was arrested at his Waipahu apartment Saturday, shortly after pledging his loyalty to ISIS and making the threatening statement.
"A probable cause arrest was made in the interest of public safety," Honolulu FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul D. Delacourt said Monday, after Kang's first appearance in federal court. He added, "We believe that Kang was a lone actor and was not associated with others who present a threat to Hawaii."
Delacourt said Kang's arrest came after an investigation that lasted for more than a year, and involved multiple agencies.
Kang, who has two registered firearms and extensive "combatives training," is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks.
A criminal complaint alleges that he "attempted to provide material support to ISIS by providing both classified military documents, and other sensitive but unclassified military documents, to persons he believed would pass the documents to ISIS."
Kang has reportedly served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Even more startling, Fox News reports:
Kang has been under investigation by the U.S. Army and the FBI for over a year, according to Delacourt. The affidavit says the Army reported Kang to the FBI in August 2016 after "it appeared that Kang was becoming radicalized."
The affidavit alleges that Kang had a history of "threatening statements." At one point in 2012, Kang's security clearance was suspended after he was reprimanded repeatedly for "threatening to hurt or kill other service members, and for arguing pro-ISIS views while at work and on-post." The document claims Kang's clearance was reinstated the following year after he complied with "military requirements stemming from the investigation."