CAUGHT: U.S. Army Soldier Swore Allegiance To ISIS, Threatened To Gun Down Honolulu

An Army soldier has pleaded guilty in a federal court to four counts of attempting to assist terror group ISIS.

Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Erik Kang was indicted in July 2017 after he supplied “secret” military documents to undercover FBI agents who posed as members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

From the Washington Examiner:

The 35-year-old had been stationed at Schofield Barracks and was indicted in July 2017. His arrest marked the first time a Hawaiian resident has been convicted of attempting to help the foreign terror group.

John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security said the Army soldier “betrayed his country” in trying to assist the enemy combatants.

“Kang swore to defend the United States as a member of our military, but betrayed his country by swearing allegiance to ISIS and attempting to provide material support to the foreign terrorist organization.”


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Court documents state that starting in early 2016, Kang became sympathetic to ISIS. Kang, who owned an AR-15-style assault rifle and a pistol, began making statements endorsing ISIS. Police began watching him as the FBI investigated.

Kang then met with undercover FBI agents who were posing as people connected to ISIS. The soldier gave them nonpublic Defense Department documents labeled “SECRET.” The papers included information on the military’s “weapons file,” the military’s sensitive mobile airspace management system, and personally identifiable information of U.S. service members.

According to the report, the Army soldier gave the undercover agents a drone he said could be used to spy on U.S. troops and other militaristic gear.

During another meeting with the undercover FBI agents, Kang reportedly showed them hand-to-hand combat techniques and gave them weapons training.

It is not clear why the FBI allowed the actions to perpetually get worse, but Kang soon approached a line they would not allow him to cross:

He later swore an oath of loyalty to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a fake ceremony the FBI agents carried out. That day, he told the agents he wanted to take his rifle and open fire in downtown Honolulu and in Waikiki. He was then arrested.

As Washington Examiner reports, Kang’s plea deal includes a mandatory 25 years in prison and 20 years of supervised release.

The sentence is set to begin December 10.

Here’s more on Kang, from USA Today:

According to the Department of Defense, Kang was highly decorated and received multiple commendations, including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Army Good Conduct Medal. His rank was Sergeant First Class and he was an air traffic control operator, according to the Department of Defense.

He has been deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea, the Department of Defense said.


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