U.S. army of­fi­cer tried to aid ISIL, says FBI

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - NOAH WEI­LAND WASH­ING­TON —

A U.S. army sergeant sta­tioned in Hawaii was charged with try­ing to pro­vide equip­ment, train­ing and clas­si­fied mil­i­tary in­for­ma­tion to the Is­lamic State, af­ter un­der­cover FBI agents doc­u­mented his of­fers of sup­port to the mil­i­tant group in a series of meet­ings in June and July, ac­cord­ing to an in­dict­ment.

Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Erik Kang, 34, was ar­rested July 8 and charged in an in­dict­ment filed in U.S. District Court of Hawaii on Fri­day. If con­victed, he faces a max­i­mum of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each of four counts against him.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment, which was an­nounced Satur­day by the Jus­tice Depart­ment and the FBI, Kang tried to of­fer “ma­te­rial sup­port or re­sources” in meet­ings with the agents, whom he be­lieved were as­so­ciates of the Is­lamic State.

In one en­counter on June 23, Kang of­fered clas­si­fied mil­i­tary doc­u­ments, ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment. In an­other meet­ing, on July 8, he vol­un­teered equip­ment to the un­der­cover sources, in­clud­ing a drone cam­era, a chest “rig” that holds am­mu­ni­tion and other kinds of “mil­i­tary-style cloth­ing.”

Ac­cord­ing to an FBI af­fi­davit Kang made copies of se­cret mil­i­tary doc­u­ments in 2015, hop­ing to give them to the Is­lamic State.

When he met with the un­der­cover agents, they made train­ing videos he in­tended for ISIL.

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