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Army Soldier in Hawaii Accused of ISIS Ties

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By    |   Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017 05:56 AM

An active-duty U.S. Army soldier based in Hawaii is in custody after allegedly attempting to give ISIS classified and unclassified documents and a drone.

The soldier, Ikaika Kang, 34, was arrested by an FBI SWAT team late Saturday in Honolulu after FBI Special Agent Jimmy Chen claimed in an affidavit that Kang provided the documents and a drone to undercover agents and informants who had a connection to ISIS, according to Fox News.

Chen also accused Kang of swearing an oath of loyalty to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which the special agent says the soldier did on the day of his arrest.

Shortly after that Kang allegedly told one of the undercover agents that he desired to "kill a bunch of people" with his rifle.

According to the Daily Mail, Kang, who was studying Islam, allegedly provided training to the terrorist group.

Kang's father, Clifford Kang, said his son began studying Islam in 2015 during one of his deployments, but he added that he didn't see this coming.

"Nobody told me anything. This is the first time I heard about it," Clifford told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "I'm kind of stunned to tell you the truth."

Clifford thinks his son might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"He's a great kid. He's not real outgoing, he's never been, but neither was I," Clifford told Hawaii News Now. "But other than that he's a great kid, a normal kid who grew up in Waimanalo."

Despite Chen's accusations, FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Delacourt issued a statement, claiming that ISIS never received the alleged documents.

Kang was reported to the FBI in August of 2016 after he appeared to have been "radicalized," Fox News noted.

Kang's reputation as a soldier had already been tarnished after he had to be addressed on more than one occasion for "threatening to hurt or kill other service members, and for arguing pro-ISIS views while at work and on-post."

Kang is a member of the 25th Infantry Division and a trained air traffic controller.

Kang is believed to have acted alone.

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