HONOLULU – An U.S. soldier has reportedly been arrested for pledging allegiance to Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS) also known for its Arabic acronym, Daesh. The soldier, who was reportedly on active duty has been identified as Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang.
The 34-year old soldier has not just pledged allegiance to the biggest terrorism organization in the world but also said that he wanted to “kill a bunch of people.”
The news of the allegiance of the 34-year old US soldiers, pledging allegiance to the terrorist outfit comes at a time, when the organization seems to be on the run and completely obliterated from its powerbase in Mosul, Iraq. Its capital in Syria, Raqqa is also under siege and may fall within a few months’ time.
The group whose emir, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is said to have already died by Russian or American bombing is disintegrating faster than expected. The group has been designated a terrorist organisation by the United Nations and many individual countries. ISIL is widely known for its videos of beheadings of both soldiers and civilians, including journalists and aid workers, and its destruction of cultural heritage sites.
As far as origin of this terrorist organization is concerned, it is the newest incarnation of Al-Qaeda in far more dangerous form. ISIL originated as Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in 1999, which pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and participated in the Iraqi insurgency following the 2003 invasion of Iraq by Western forces. The group proclaimed itself a worldwide caliphate and began referring to itself as Islamic State.
Reports suggest that the Ikaika Kang, was arrested by FBI in a suburb of Honolulu over the weekend after a yearlong investigation involving multiple undercover officers and confidential informants. He made an initial appearance in federal court on Monday. But his defense attorney, Birney Bervar, who is appointed by the court to defend the soldier told the court that it appears his client may suffer from service-related mental health issues of which the government was aware but neglected to treat.
His defense said that the soldier was indeed “a decorated veteran of two deployments” to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Nonetheless, FBI accused him of providing important military documents to people he thought can transfer the info to Islamic State. It is needless to say that none of them got to the organization. Paul Delacourt, the FBI special agent in charge of the Hawaii bureau told the media the FBI believed Kang was a lone actor and wasn’t affiliated with anyone who poses a threat.
The soldier was reportedly arrested after he pledged loyalty to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and said he wanted to “take his rifle, his magazines and kill ‘a bunch of people.’” Paul Delacourt told the media that Kang and the agents together made combat training videos he believed would be taken to the Middle East to help prepare the group’s soldiers to fight American forces, according to the affidavit. The FBI officer also said that Kang had received the highest level of combat training available in the Army and was a mixed martial arts enthusiast.
Ikaika Kang graduated from Kaiser High in Honolulu, enlisted after 911, father said he converted to Islam while on tour in Middle East. pic.twitter.com/BWHZfy563r
— Taarnaشيطانة كافرة (@cocosbentmind) July 11, 2017
According to NBC, active-duty soldier Ikaika Kang is accused of trying to provide military docs & training to ISIS https://t.co/mQyZzEOauk
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) July 10, 2017
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— Drone News Feed (@DroneNewsFeed) July 11, 2017
Ikaika Erik Kang, decorated Army soldier arrested for supply docs & training to ISIS – pic.twitter.com/0ywI26QaAK
— Blanche V. Mercaldi (@tammytabby) July 11, 2017
The rogue soldier hails from Hawaii. He reportedly joined the US Army in December 2001, served in South Korea in 2002-2003, was deployed to Iraq from March 2010 to February 2011 and Afghanistan from July 2013 to April 2014.