A Hawaiian Grand Jury indicted US soldier for aiding ISIS by providing material support. US Army Sgt. Ikaika Erik Kang, 34 yrs old, was indicted on four counts of attempting to provide material support to Islamic State militants.
Sgt. Kang was arrested by an FBI SWAT team on July 8 and was ordered held without bail. Kang was employed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. He was an air traffic control operator with the 25th Infantry Division at U.S. Army Pacific Command. He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Monday, July 24, but the indictment has changed the upcoming court appearance to an arraignment. The indictment says he attempted to provide the militant group with secret information, a drone and other gear, as well as military training.
Kang’s court-appointed attorney, Birney Bervar, told The Associated Press on Friday that the indictment was expected. He faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 for each of the four counts he’s charged with, according to the Justice Department. Bervar said Kang, the indicted US soldier, would plead not guilty on Monday when a federal judge will set a trial date.
The four counts of attempting to provide material support to ISIS were based on events that occurred between June 21 and July 8. Federal officials said Kang met with undercover FBI agents he thought were with the terror group. He then provided classified military documents to the agents. According to the affidavit, Kang provided the materials hoping the documents “would assist ISIS, including with fighting and military tactics. Additionally, Kang contributed to the purchase of a drone with the intention that it would be provided to, and used by, ISIS during fighting.”
A search of Kang’s computer found 18 documents marked “SECRET” — 16 of those remain classified today, according to the FBI. Kang allegedly said he wanted to join the group and travel to Turkey, where he believed ISIS had a consulate.
According to an FBI affidavit, Kang’s behavior was obvious to those around him, the Washington Post reported.
“He was reprimanded on several occasions for threatening to hurt or kill other service members, and for arguing pro-ISIS views while at work and on-post,” according to the affidavit. “Due to these remarks and threats, Kang’s security clearance was revoked in 2012, but reinstated the following year after Kang complied with military requirements stemming from the investigation.”
The FBI criminal complaint said that Kang wanted to commit a mass shooting after allegedly pledging allegiance to ISIS.