FBI Arrests US Soldier in Hawaii Accused of Aiding ISIS

11 Juillet, 2017, 20:28 | Auteur: Ludovic Moineau
  • Army Soldier Arrested in Hawaii for Suspected Ties to ISIS

Sergeant Kang's arrest follows increased efforts by the US military to clamp down on extremism permeating the ranks following the 2009 Fort Hood massacre.

An active-duty soldier based in Hawaii has been arrested on terrorism charges, the FBI said in a press release Monday.

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The FBI caught him as a part of a year-long investigation.

Hours earlier, according to the FBI, he had purchased a GoPro drone aircraft and camera kit that he intended to be sent to the Middle East to help ISIS fighters evade enemy tanks in battle. The soldier, identified by local media as 34-year-old Ikaika Erik Kang, allegedly tried to provide the militant group with training, military documents, and helped them to buy a drone to use against American troops. It also Kang says admitted that he voluntarily pledged loyalty to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

"He was trained as an air traffic controller and trained in combative", said Delacourt. The military revoked his security clearance for about a year in 2012 after one such reprimand.

But the Army told the FBI in 2016 that they feared he was becoming radicalised, asking the bureau to investigate. "In this case, the FBI worked closely with the U.S. Army to protect the citizens of Hawaii".

The Royal Kunia resident is accused of providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

His father, Clifford Kang, said he was "a great kid, a normal kid".

Kang has served extensively in overseas operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea and has been awarded several commendations.

"I said fine but there's a good side and the bad side", said Kang.