Army sergeant charged with providing material support to ISIS

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A soldier in the U.S. Army has been indicted for allegedly attempting to provide material support to ISIS, according to a Justice Department news release Saturday.

A U.S. Army sergeant stationed in Hawaii, Ikaika Erik Kang, has been charged with four counts of attempting to provide material support or resources to a “foreign terrorist organization,” based on events that took place between June 21 and July 8.

According to the indictment, Kang met with undercover agents of the FBI whom he believed to be affiliated with ISIS and provided military information, some of which was classified as secret.

Kang also has been charged with providing “a GoPro Karma drone, a chest rig (which is a piece of military-style equipment worn over the shoulders that has chest pouches and is typically used to hold tactical equipment, ammunition, and other military gear), and other military-style clothing and gear.” (Scroll down for more.)

The 34-year-old was arrested on July 8 after he swore an oath of loyalty to ISIS and its leader, reports NPR.

He was quoted saying that he wanted to use his rifle to kill “a bunch of people.” At the time of his arrest, Kang possessed two firearms — an AR-15-style weapon and a .40-caliber pistol.

An FBI affidavit also claimed that Kang 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service members, and for arguing pro-ISIS views while at work and on-post,” noting that his security clearance had been revoked in 2012 but reinstated the following year. He reportedly grew up in Waimanalo, Hawaii and had served in both Iraq (2011) and Afghanistan (2014).

Kang is currently being held in jail and is scheduled to appear in court in Honolulu on July 24, at which time a trial date will be determined. If convicted, Kang could potentially face up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000 for each count.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division. This case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Taryn Meeks of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ken Sorenson and Marc Wallenstein.

The following news broadcast came out shortly after his arrest.

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