A Hawaii-based U.S. Army soldier was arrested more than the weekend after allegedly attempting to offer armed service files and a drone to the ISIS terror team.
Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang, 34, was arrested late Saturday evening by an FBI SWAT crew at the Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, the FBI stated.
FBI Particular Agent Jimmy Chen alleged in an affidavit that Kang tried to give categorised and unclassified armed service files and a drone to undercover brokers and informants whom he believed would go the information and facts on to ISIS. Kang is also accused of attempting to instruct the team combat methods.
Most notably, Chen alleged that Kang swore an oath of loyalty — acknowledged as bayat — to ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Saturday, soon ahead of his arrest. Following carrying out so, Kang allegedly told an undercover agent that he wanted to use his rifle to “eliminate a bunch of folks.”
The FBI stated it thinks that Kang, a member of the twenty fifth Infantry Division and a qualified air site visitors controller, was a lone actor and is not affiliated with many others who may present a menace to Hawaii.
In a assertion next Kang’s first look in federal court docket, FBI Particular Agent in Demand Paul Delacourt emphasized that no armed service files at any time created it into terrorist palms.
Chen’s affidavit states that Kang admitted attempting to transfer categorised files to ISIS, but claimed the information and facts was “aged and no more time posed any damage to the United States.”
Kang has been beneath investigation by the U.S. Army and the FBI for more than a year, in accordance to Delacourt. The affidavit states the Army reported Kang to the FBI in August 2016 after “it appeared that Kang was starting to be radicalized.”
The affidavit alleges that Kang had a history of “threatening statements.” At 1 stage in 2012, Kang’s security clearance was suspended after he was reprimanded repeatedly for “threatening to harm or eliminate other assistance members, and for arguing pro-ISIS views even though at perform and on-post.” The doc statements Kang’s clearance was reinstated the next year after he complied with “armed service demands stemming from the investigation.”
The doc did not elaborate more.
The affidavit also alleges that in the course of the training course of the investigation, Kang told an informant that he wanted to pour Drano into the eyes of a civilian who had taken away his air site visitors controller’s license.
Kang also allegedly told the informant that Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed almost fifty folks at an Orlando gay bar in June 2016 “did what he had to do.” He also allegedly stated “The united states is the only terrorist firm” and that he “believed in the mass killing of Jews.”
Kang, a Hawaii indigenous, enlisted in the Army in December 2001, months after the 9/eleven terror attacks. He served in Iraq from March 2010 to February 2011 and Afghanistan from July 2013 to April 2014.
Kang’s father, Clifford, stated that his son may be suffering from post-traumatic stress ailment (PTSD) from his excursions abroad.
“He’s a excellent child. He’s not serious outgoing, he is by no means been, but neither was I,” Kang told Hawaii News Now. “But other than that he is a excellent child, a usual child who grew up in Waimanalo.”
Clifford Kang also told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that his son began learning Islam in the course of 1 of his deployments.
‘I’m kind of surprised to explain to you the reality,” Kang’s father told the paper. “I by no means read of him being with ISIS.”
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, Jake Gibson, and The Involved Push contributed to this report.