US army sergeant Ikaika Kang 'helped by drone for Isis'

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An American soldier has appeared in court accused of pledging his allegiance to Islamic State.

The FBI claimed Ikaika Kang, a sergeant first class based in Hawaii, also helped purchase a drone for IS to use against US forces and said he wanted to use his rifle to “kill a bunch of people”. He made an initial court appearance yesterday in Honolulu after his arrest on terrorism charges at the weekend.

Paul Delacourt, the FBI special agent in charge of the Hawaii bureau, said Kang gave military documents to people he believed would give them to IS.

Kang’s court-appointed defence attorney, Birney Bervar, said it appeared his client may suffer from service-related mental health issues of which the government was aware but neglected to treat. He said Kang was “a decorated veteran of two deployments” to Iraq and Afghanistan. It is claimed that Kang admitted he voluntarily pledged loyalty to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. 

Kang had his military clearance revoked in 2012 for making pro-IS comments and threatening to hurt or kill fellow service members. His clearance was reinstated a year later. 

The FBI says the army believed Kang was becoming radicalised last year and asked them to investigate.

Kang had told an undercover source that the perpetrator of  a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, “did what he had to do” and later said that America is “the only terrorist organisation in the world”.


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