A U.S. soldier in Hawaii has been arrested on charges he sought to provide training and classified military secrets to Islamic State, officials announced Monday.
FBI officials identified the soldier as 34-year-old Ikaika Erik Kang. According to the FBI, Kang allegedly attempted to provide military documents, and training, to ISIS.
His service record indicates he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 and Iraq in 2011 and was highly decorated. He is highly trained in combat techniques and back in 2013 was a mixed martial arts competitor. According to military sources, Kang was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Kang, 34, was employed as an Army soldier at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, Laanui said. He was a sergeant and worked as an air traffic controller, according to an FBI affidavit filed in the case. Kang was in custody and could not immediately be reached for comment.
The FBI affidavit charges that Kang tried to help Islamic State “by providing both classified military documents, and other sensitive but unclassified military documents, to people he believed would pass the documents to ISIS. Kang did so with the intention that the documents would assist ISIS, including with fighting and military tactics. Additionally, Kang contributed to the purchase of a drone with the intention that it would be provided to, and used by, ISIS during fighting.”