Soldier in Hawaii Charged With Support of ISIS

Marie-Ange Beliveau
Juillet 11, 2017

He is charged with providing material support to ISIS, though FBI officials suggest his alleged attempts failed. Kang is being held on terrorism charges after the FBI claims he tried to get secret military documents to the Islamic State group.

FBI spokesman Arnold Laanui told AP Monday that SWAT team special agents arrested Kang on Saturday.

Clifford Kang, Kang's father, told local news outlets that he was "in shock" at the allegations against his son and that Kang was "a great kid, a normal kid who grew up in Waimanalo".

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The solider, identified as Ikaika Kang was a sergeant in the first class in the US Army, and he had been stationed in Hawaii. He has received a range of medals in the course of his service, including the Army Commendation Medal.

Kang also expressed a desire to torture a civilian he held responsible for taking away his air traffic controller's license, the affidavit said. He served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to the Daily Mail, Kang, who was studying Islam, allegedly provided training to the terrorist group.

At Kang's home, there was red "evidence" tape on his door and on his water heater storage door. "He's really strong in his belief in the Muslim faith", he said.

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