‘Model sol­dier’ jailed for IS group sup­port

China Daily (Canada) - - WORLD -

A US Army sergeant de­scribed by for­mer col­leagues as a one­time “model sol­dier” was sen­tenced to 25 years in prison at a fed­eral court in Hawaii on Tues­day af­ter plead­ing guilty to pro­vid­ing ma­te­rial sup­port to the Is­lamic State mil­i­tant group. Ikaika Erik Kang, 35, had be­gun ex­press­ing sup­port for the IS by early 2016, ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Jus­tice. Un­der­cover FBI agents be­gan meet­ing with Kang ear­lier this year, some of them pos­ing as mem­bers of the mil­i­tant group. Kang gave them mil­i­tary gear and clas­si­fied doc­u­ments and agreed to teach them hand-to-hand com­bat in a video-recorded ses­sion, ac­cord­ing to fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors.

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