The soldier was arrested in Honolulu after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.
Sergeant 1st class Ikaika Kang, 34, was arrested by the FBI in Honolulu following a year-long investigation by undercover officers and confidential informants.
The investigation revealed Sgt. Kang declared he wanted to “kill a bunch of people”, and willfully dealt with individuals he believed to be from the Islamic State but were actually undercover officers.
Sgt. Kang was arrested after he formally pledged loyalty to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and said he would “take his rifle, his magazines and kill a bunch of people”.
A 26 page affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Jimmy Chen detailed Kang’s interactions with the undercover agents.
Together, Kang and the agents made combat training videos he believed would be sent to the Middle East to assist Islamic State forces in fighting American soldiers, hoping to share all the confidential high level training he had received in the U.S. Army.
Kang also accompanied an undercover agent to go shopping for a drone, saying that a drone would allow Islamic State fighters “to find tank positions and avenues for escape” from U.S. soldiers.
Kang told one of the confidential sources he believed the Orlando nightclub shooting of 2016 by an individual pledging allegiance to the Islamic State was deserved, and that “America is the only terrorist organization in the world”.
A history of radical comments and views
Sgt. Kang had his military clearance revoked in 2012 for praising the Islamic State at work as well as making comments threatening fellow service members. His clearance was reinstated in 2013.
The FBI affidavit suggests that Kang had already been fully radicalized by 2016 and an investigation would be undertaken.
Kang’s defense attorney, Birney Bevar, stated that his client may suffer from mental health related issues as a result of his service – Kang had been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.