Army Soldier Arrested in Hawaii for Suspected Ties to ISIS

11 Juillet, 2017, 20:29 | Auteur: Ingrid Allaire
  • Hawaii-based soldier arrested for alleged ties to ISIS, official says

A young Kang loved surfing at Makapuu and playing baseball and football.

Kang enlisted in the Army in December 2001, just months after the Sept. 11 attacks. He is highly trained in combat techniques and back in 2013 was a mixed martial arts competitor.

The affidavit alleges that Kang had been reprimanded by Army superiors as early as 2011 for threatening other service members and for arguing in favor of ISIS while at work. He's a great kid.

According to the FBI, Kang converted to Islam during one of his deployments and swore a pledge of loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, and stated he wanted to kill a "bunch of people".

"Nobody told me anything".

The Associated Press initially reported Kang's alleged dealings with the Islamic State and the FBI confirmed that in a statement released Monday afternoon.

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

An active duty soldier based in Hawaii was caught trying to help the Islamic State (IS) militants after pledging allegiance to them.

Kang also expressed a desire to torture a civilian he held responsible for taking away his air traffic controller's license, the affidavit said. "It makes it much harder that they're not letting you know", he said, noting that he had still not been notified by the FBI about the arrest.

The Army noted his apparent radicalization to the FBI last year.

"He's very much into that religion", said Kang. He got everything going for him.

Ultimately, neither the drone nor the documents made it to ISIS.

Clifford Klang, the accused's father, said he believes that his son may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as an effect of his overseas tours.

In June of this year, Kang attempted to pass off his classified document stash to a pair of undercover agents in a Honolulu hotel room, documents state.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul D. Delacourt told Fox News that the US Army and FBI had been investigating Kang for more than a year.

Ikaika Kang is being represented by a court-appointed attorney.