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Official: FBI arrests Hawaii-based soldier on terror charges

12 Juillet 2017

"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.

Also on Saturday, Kang and an undercover agent allegedly went shopping for a drone to give to Islamic State fighters. He wanted to provide them to the terrorist group, the affidavit claimed.

An FBI agent named Jimmy Chen's affidavit filed with a federal court in Honolulu says Kang's superiors became concerned that he had been radicalized and called in the FBI. According to the FBI, Kang allegedly attempted to provide military documents, and training, to ISIS.

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Kang reportedly swore a pledge to ISIS, and expressed a desire to help ISIS fight people committing genocide.

Kang's attorney, Birney Bervar, told NBC News that Kang, "may have some service-related mental health issues which the government was aware of but neglected to treat".

The charges against the US soldier accused of pledging his loyalty to ISIS, stunned his family.

We can't afford to take our eye off this threat for one second, no matter how convinced we are that we've gained the upper hand. It's unclear at this time what tipped authorities to Kang or why he was arrested now. After Kang converted to Islam, he would teach his father the Quran, Clifford said. The Takfiri group also has its followers and supporters in the West including the United States. Officials then contacted the FBI in August 2016, which prompted the investigation that led to his arrest on Saturday.

Sergeant Kang had been stationed at the Army's Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu, 17 miles from the state capital of Honolulu. "I know he has a tough job in air traffic control", Kang said.

Note that a criminal complaint is only a charge and not evidence of guilt.

He enlisted in the Army after the 9/11 attacks.

He said Kang recently converted to Islam. He served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says he told his son "maybe he had PTSD".

Concerns had previously been raised about Kang's possible radicalisation. He got everything going for him.


Official: FBI arrests Hawaii-based soldier on terror charges