On 11 July 2017, a serving US Army sergeant of the first class named Ikaika Kang was arrested on charges on being associated with the terrorist organization, Islamic State. Kang is a resident of Hawaii and is accused of assisting terrorists in the purchase of a drone which was intended to be used against the American border forces. FBI launched an underground inquiry team to probe into this matter as the army sergeant was involved in suspicious activities. FBI released a 26-page affidavit this morning which contains a lot of shocking data including the statement of the 34-year-old soldier, Ikaika Kang, in which he expressed his aim to attain a rifle and “kill a bunch of people”.
The case was filed in a court of Honolulu while the accused soldier has been arrested on Saturday on terrorism charges. The special undercover FBI agent who was responsible for this operation, Paul Delacourt, further elucidated the gravity of the situation by stating that there has been an attempt to share confidential and classified information between the accused soldier and the terrorist organization, however, the middlemen who acted as liaison between ISIS and Ikaika Kung could not successfully transfer the files. The FBI agent has stated that this looks like a single person job and no other potential threat has been associated with the US Army who could be involved in this nexus of terrorism.
In defense of the accused soldier, the attorney, Birney Bervar, stated that his client is suffering from post-war traumatic stress disorder and due to mental and cognitive disability, the client is likely to go astray because the government was not at all interested in paying heed towards the mental condition of the soldier and take any measures for his treatment.
The defense attorney said,
“Kang was a decorated veteran of two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.”
The affidavit is a detailed report of undercover operations that took place over a significant amount of time and has substantial information regarding Kang’s involvement in the copying of “classified” information in 2015 for sharing the arcane data with terrorist organization and in addition to such evidence, there have been proofs that the soldier pledged at the hand of IS chief, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. According to the affidavit, the pledge was taken at Kang’s residence in Honolulu where an individual claiming to be a representative of IS testified the oath taken and declared Kang’s association to the group.
The Army authorities have periodically reprimanded Kang for his violent behavior towards his fellow army men and strongly opposed him of being involved in pro-ISIS arguments which were alien to the environment. In 2016, the Army officials felt that Kang was becoming radicalized and therefore FBI was assigned the task of investigating this matter but ensuring that their officers were in disguise and remained undercover till the end of the operation for their own security and the successful probe of this investigation.
The matter is under judicial consideration and therefore it would be inappropriate to deduce any conclusions as of now.