U.S. soldier in­dicted over ISIS pledge

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

HONOLULU — A fed­eral grand jury in Hawaii has in­dicted a U.S. soldier, ac­cus­ing him of at­tempt­ing to pro­vide ma­te­rial sup­port to the Is­lamic State mil­i­tant group.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was in­dicted Fri­day af­ter he was ar­rested by an FBI SWAT team on July 8. Kang was or­dered held with­out bail.

Be­cause of the in­dict­ment, Kang will no longer have a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing that was sched­uled for Mon­day.

Af­ter the de­ten­tion hear­ing, Kang’s court-ap­pointed at­tor­ney Bir­ney Ber­var said he will ask for a men­tal health eval­u­a­tion.

Ber­var said his client may suf­fer from ser­vice-re­lated men­tal health prob­lems of which the gov­ern­ment was aware but ne­glected to treat.

The FBI said in its crim­i­nal com­plaint that Kang wanted to com­mit a mass shoot­ing af­ter pledg­ing al­le­giance to the Is­lamic State.

A 26-page af­fi­davit filed ear­lier this month de­tailed how Kang thought he was deal­ing with peo­ple working for Is­lamic State but who were ac­tu­ally un­der­cover agents. The af­fi­davit says agents ar­rested Kang 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.’”

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