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FBI: U.S. Army soldier arrested for pledging loyalty to ISIS, “wanted to kill a bunch of people”

July 11, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
FBI: U.S. Army soldier arrested for pledging loyalty to ISIS, “wanted to kill a bunch of people”

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In the act of ultimate betrayal, a U.S. Army soldier was arrested by federal law enforcement agents for pledging loyalty to the Islamic State.

FBI spokesman Arnold Laanui on Monday announced the arrest of 34-year-old active U.S. Army soldier Ikaika Kang in Hawaii.

US officials confirmed the charges for Kang for purported connections he had with ISIS.

Laanui said SWAT team and special agents arrested Kang on Saturday at a home in Honolulu, following a 12-month undercover investigation, which involved informants.

Kang, a Sgt. 1st Class with the 25th Infantry Division stationed at the Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, made his first appearance in federal court on Monday.

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According to an FBI criminal complaint, the U.S. Army suspected Kang had become radicalized in 2016 and asked the FBI to launch an investigation.

The arrest was made after Kang had pledged loyalty to ISIS and “wanted to take his rifle and kill a bunch of people,” The Washington Times reported.

An affidavit indicated Kang gave military documents to undercover FBI investigators acting as ISIS operatives.

Kang also made combat videos with the help of undercover agents he believed would be taken to the Middle East to help Islamic State fighters prepare to fight the U.S. military.

Ikaika Erik Kang, in a photo provided by his father, Clifford Kang. CLIFFORD KANG VIA KGMB

Furthermore, officials said Kang and an undercover agent purchased a drone intended to be utilized by ISIS fighters to help locate enemy tank positions and detail areas to escape.

Kang also reportedly professed support for the Orlando nightclub shooter to an informant and labeled the United States as the “only terrorist organization in the world.”

During Monday’s hearing, Birney Bervar, a court-appointed attorney described Kang as a decorated veteran who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bervar said Kang, who enlisted in the U.S. Army four months after the Sept. 11th Terror Attacks, suffers from mental health issues related to his deployments overseas.

Kang’s father, Clifford Kang, told CBS News his son suffers from PTSD from his tours of duty.

The attorney said the government was aware of his client’s ailment but neglected to treat Kang’s mental health issues.

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