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U.S. Soldier And ISIS Supporter Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

A U.S. soldier who became a sympathizer with the Islamic terrorist group, ISIS, pleaded guilty to four counts of attempting to supply the jihadists with materials. He also attempted to provide the group with military secrets.

The soldier's attorneys reached a plea bargain and he will be serving 25 years behind bars.

Ikaika Erik Kang, a 34-year-old soldier from Hawaii, first began studying Islam when he was deployed overseas. More recently, the soldier has been stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, however his sympathy to the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continued to grow. Soon, Kang became a double-agent.

Kang's family was shocked when the soldier was arrested at his home last year. The FBI had confirmed that Kang spoke to undercover agents posing as ISIS fighters.

Kang spilled military secrets to the men, who he believed to be Islamic terrorists. He also told one undercover FBI agent that he wanted to go to Turkey to join ISIS.

“People still say it’s illegal to join them, but the way I look at it is they’re just fighting people who are committing genocide there,” Kang said “I’m just going to go there … and fight these guys who are committing genocide.”

When Kang's house was raided, his computer was seized, and authorities discovered some 486 documents referencing terrorist groups and violence.

“A criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii alleges that Kang swore allegiance to ISIS, attempted to provide military documents to ISIS, and attempted to provide training to the terrorist organization,” read a report from the FBI.

FBI agents said that in one meeting he even kissed an Islamic flag and swore allegiance to ISIS in Arabic and in English.

An affidavit also read that Kang was 'reprimanded on several occasions for threatening to hurt or kill other service members', as well as 'for arguing pro-ISIS views' to members of the U.S. military.

Kang was finally arrested when he revealed to the undercover agents that he wanted to use his rifle to kill innocent American people in Honolulu. "[I'll] just go to downtown Honolulu and Waikiki strip and start shooting," he told them.

After a lengthy procedure, Kang struck a plea with the court for providing military secrets, giving ISIS members a drone so they could track US troops, and for offering to lend his support in various ways to undercover investigators that he thought were ISIS cell members.

Kang's attorney says his client was 'enticed' to say the things he is accused of saying. "But the law of entrapment is quite complex and often very difficult for the defense to prove," he argued.

Kang’s father, Clifford Kang, says he was stunned when his son was arrested. “Nobody told me anything. This is the first time I heard about it. I’m kind of stunned to tell you the truth,” the father said. “I never heard of him being with ISIS.”

“He’s a great kid. He’s not real outgoing, he’s never been, but neither was I,” the disgraced soldier’s father said. “But other than that he’s a great kid, a normal kid who grew up in Waimanalo.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Daily Mail, Screenshots

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